Beyond: our future in space

Book Cover
Average Rating
W.W. Norton & Company,
Pub. Date:
First edition.
Human exploration has been an unceasing engine of technological progress, from the first homo sapiens to leave our African cradle to a future in which mankind promises to settle another world. Beyond tells the epic story of humanity leaving home--and how humans will soon thrive in the vast universe beyond the earth.

A dazzling and propulsive voyage through space and time, Beyond reveals how centuries of space explorers--from the earliest stargazers to today's cutting-edge researchers--all draw inspiration from an innate human emotion: wanderlust. This urge to explore led us to multiply around the globe, and it can be traced in our DNA.

Today, the urge to discover manifests itself in jaw-dropping ways: plans for space elevators poised to replace rockets at a fraction of the cost; experiments in suspending and reanimating life for ultra-long-distance travel; prototypes for solar sails that coast through space on the momentum of microwaves released from the Earth. With these ventures, private companies and entrepreneurs have the potential to outpace NASA as the leaders in a new space race.

Combining expert knowledge of astronomy and avant-garde technology, Chris Impey guides us through the heady possibilities for the next century of exploration. In twenty years, a vibrant commercial space industry will be operating. In thirty years, there will be small but viable colonies on the Moon and Mars. In fifty years, mining technology will have advanced enough to harvest resources from asteroids. In a hundred years, a cohort of humans born off-Earth will come of age without ever visiting humanity's home planet. This is not the stuff of science fiction but rather the logical extension of already available technologies.

Beyond shows that space exploration is not just the domain of technocrats, but the birthright of everyone and the destiny of generations to come. To continue exploration is to ensure our survival. Outer space, a limitless unknown, awaits us.

Also in This Series
More Like This
More Details
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work ID 98edd54c-4581-ecb1-3e2f-5831130c6598
Grouping Title beyond our future in space
Grouping Author impey chris
Grouping Category book
Last Grouping Update 2018-12-10 22:51:04PM
Last Indexed 2018-12-11 00:08:54AM

Solr Details

accelerated_reader_point_value 0
accelerated_reader_reading_level 0
author Impey, Chris,
author_display Impey, Chris
available_at_catalog Green Hills, Green Hills Kids, Main Kids, Main Library
collection_catalog Non-Fiction
detailed_location_catalog Green Hills - Adult Non-Fiction, Main Library - Adult Non-Fiction
display_description A report on humanity's imminent potential for living in space covers topics ranging from China's 2020 space station and the colonization of Mars to space-elevator innovations and the mapping of Earth-like exo-planets.
format_catalog Book
format_category_catalog Books
id 98edd54c-4581-ecb1-3e2f-5831130c6598
isbn 9780393239300
item_details ils:CARL0000465370|35192047567551|Green Hills - Adult Non-Fiction|629.40112 I345b|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||GH||, ils:CARL0000465370|35192047567569|Main Library - Adult Non-Fiction|629.40112 I345b|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||MN||
itype_catalog Book
last_indexed 2018-12-11T06:08:54.505Z
lexile_score -1
literary_form Non Fiction
literary_form_full Non Fiction
local_callnumber_catalog 629.40112 I345b
owning_library_catalog Nashville Public Library
owning_location_catalog Green Hills, Green Hills Kids, Main Kids, Main Library
primary_isbn 9780393239300
publishDate 2015
record_details ils:CARL0000465370|Book|Books|First edition.|English|W.W. Norton & Company,|[2015]|xii, 321 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
recordtype grouped_work
Bib IdItem IdGrouped StatusStatusLocally OwnedAvailableHoldableBookableIn Library Use OnlyLibrary OwnedHoldable PTypesBookable PTypesLocal Url
ils:CARL0000465370 35192047567569 On Shelf On Shelf false true true false false true
ils:CARL0000465370 35192047567551 On Shelf On Shelf false true true false false true
subject_facet Astronautics -- Forecasting -- Popular works, Astronautics -- History -- Popular works, Manned space flight -- Popular works, Outer space -- Exploration -- Popular works
title_display Beyond : our future in space
title_full Beyond : our future in space / Chris Impey
title_short Beyond :
title_sub our future in space
topic_facet Astronautics, Exploration, Forecasting, History, Manned space flight