Pioneer Odyssey (revised Edition) (Nasa Sp-349)

By: Nasa (Richard O. Fimmel, William Swindell, Eric Burgess)

Price: $30.00

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Book Condition: Fine


Color Illustrations; This is an oversized book. The book is in Fine condition and was issued without a dust jacket. This copy is still in shrinkwrap. The book and its contents are in generally clean, bright condition. There is some light edge wear and bumping to the spine ends and corners of the book covers. The spine has some beginning fading. The text pages are clean and bright. "The Pioneer program is a series of United States unmanned space missions that were designed for planetary exploration. There were a number of such missions in the program, but the most notable were Pioneer 10 and Pioneer 11, which explored the outer planets and left the solar system. Pioneer 10 and Pioneer 11 carry a golden plaque, depicting a man and a woman and information about the origin and the creators of the probes, should any extraterrestrials find them someday. Credit for naming the first probe has been attributed to Stephen A. Saliga, who had been assigned to the Air Force Orientation Group, Wright-Patterson AFB, as chief designer of Air Force exhibits. While he was at a briefing, the spacecraft was described to him, as, a "lunar-orbiting vehicle, with an infrared scanning device." Saliga thought the title too long, and lacked theme for an exhibit design. He suggested, "Pioneer", as the name of the probe, since "the Army had already launched and orbited the Explorer satellite, and their Public Information Office was identifying the Army, as, 'Pioneers in Space,' " and, by adopting the name, the Air Force would "make a 'quantum jump' as to who, really, [were] the 'Pioneers' in space.' ""

Title: Pioneer Odyssey (revised Edition) (Nasa Sp-349)

Author Name: Nasa (Richard O. Fimmel, William Swindell, Eric Burgess)

Categories: Aeronautics / Astronautics,

Edition: Revised Edition

Publisher: Washington D. C., NASA: 1977

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Seller ID: A37576

Keywords: Aeronautics / Astronautics NASA Pioneer Program NASA Probe Planets Space Exploration Aeronautics / Astronautics,