Space Exploration—A History in 100 Objects
Sten Odenwald, John Mather
This is no ordinary space book.
Within the pages of this eclectic pop-history, scientist and educator Sten Odenwald at NASA examines 100 objects that forever altered what we know and how we think about the cosmos. From Sputnik to Skylab and Galileo’s telescope to the Curiosity rover, some objects are iconic and some obscure—but all are utterly important.
- The Nebra sky disk (1600 BCE) features the first realistic depiction of the Sun, Moon, and stars.
- The Lunar Laser Ranging RetroReflector finally showed us how far we are from the Moon in 1969.
- In 1986, it was the humble, rubber O-ring that doomed the space shuttle Challenger.
- The Event Horizon Telescope gave us our first glimpse of a black hole in 2019.