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Paolo Ulivi and David Harland have written nothing less than a detailed history of unmanned missions exploring our Solar System.
In a fascinating and exhaustive study, they plot the history of unmanned space travel from the 1950s right up to the present day, in many cases using previously unavailable sources.
As in their previous book [i]Lunar Exploration,[/i] the subject is treated wherever possible from an engineering and scientific standpoint. Technical descriptions of the spacecraft, of their mission designs and of instrumentations are provided.
Scientific results are discussed in considerable depth, together with details of mission management.
The book is extremely comprehensive, covering missions over the last half century, and some of the latest missions and their results appear in a popular science book for the first time.
This book also uses sources only recently made available on the Soviet space program, in addition to some obscure and rarely used references on the European space program.
The authors even cover many unflown missions, an amazing window on ideas that went unfulfilled at the time but which may still be proven.
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