When the U.S.S.R. launched the first satellite into Earth orbit on October 4, 1957, a wave of fear and awe shook the world. In the heart of the Cold War, this first satellite was a threatening show of power and the decisive event that led to the infamous space rivalry between the U.S.S.R. and the United States. Launching missile after missile skyward, each superpower goaded its rival with impressive feats in space, each determined to prove to the world its technological superiority. As this engrossing work so clearly shows, it was in this pressure cooker of competition that each country achieved undreamed-of advances, stretching the boundaries of humankind's domain and giving us the first thrilling close-ups of the heavenly bodies in our solar system. The Space Age proved to be a rare instance in history, an era when two nations managed to call on their best and brightest to work single-mindedly toward a goal. Funded by millions of dollars and employing the talents of the top scientists and engineers from universities, the military, and, in the United States, the private sector, the space programs on each side of the Iron Curtain worked with determination and genius to build the incredible craft that would take us to the Moon and beyond. Robert Reeves, a respected historian of the Space Age and contributor to Astronomy, Amateur Astronomy, and Deep Sky Journal, describes the massive power and capabilities of these spaceships. Designed to overcome staggering obstacles, our spaceships accomplished what was once deemed impossible. Both the Soviets and the Americans succeeded in landing craft with amazing precision on the nearly airless surface of the Moon. American space probes touched down on the rocky surface of Mars, while the Soviets succeeded in building probes that could withstand the hellish heat and deadly pressure of the Venusian surface, transmitting photographs and readings that were inaccessible from Earth. Scientists today are still analyzing this invaluable information, deducing the story of our solar system by studying the craters on the Moon, the mysterious channels on Mars, and the nightmarish surface of Venus. Reeves illuminates the brilliant achievements and bitter tragedies of conquering the inner solar system. Fueled by pride and national honor, funded by politicians, and designed by the leading engineers of the world, each hard-earned mission was at once a political triumph for each nation and a scientific triumph for humankind. Reeves traces this most exciting history from its extraordinary genesis to the present and looks toward future cooperative ventures which will, with funding, luck, and united effort, yield knowledge and adventure beyond our wildest dreams.
It's now conceivable to develop a mission in Mars that can take humans to Mars and return them to Earth more safely and inexpensively than ever before, because of the advent of revolutionary new technologies from space firms and university academics. Rising Mission to Mars presents a well-established plan beginning with the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster to rekindle our hope in the human spirit by understanding the history and presence of life on Mars with the assistance of human crew on-site to provide more in-depth observational analysis than the unmanned rovers, while also establishing an atmosphere like Earth to investigate the possible prospects of life on Mars with the hope that possibility of human extinction could decrease by the colonization of other planets. Rising Mission to Mars goes in-depth to outline a feasible and cost-effective plan for Mars Manned Outpost Mission, which would initiate settlement on Mars and open the door to an entirely new frontier of possibility for human civilization.
The space race grew out of the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union, the most powerful nations after World War II. For a half-century, they competed for primacy in a global struggle. Space was a crucial arena for this rivalry. Before a watchful world, each side sought to demonstrate its superiority through impressive feats in rocketry and space flight. Meanwhile, secret satellites were developed to keep a war eye on the adversary. At the Cold War's end, the United States and Russia agreed to build a space station and pursue other joint ventures in space. A contest that had begun in fear and enmity ended in partnership. Drawing on recently declassified material and featuring a wide variety of U.S. and Soviet artifacts, "Space race" examines the spectacular, publicly celebrated milestones of our first steps into space, as well as highly secret efforts to spy on adversaries from high above the Earth. In compelling photographs and terse, informed text, this book tells the story of time when the superpowers sought to make the heavens inseparable from the earth.
This sweeping reference work covers every aspect of the Cold War, from its ignition in the ashes of World War II, through the Berlin Wall and the Cuban Missile Crisis, to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. The Cold War superpower face-off between the Soviet Union and the United States dominated international affairs in the second half of the 20th century and still reverberates around the world today. This comprehensive and insightful multivolume set provides authoritative entries on all aspects of this world-changing event, including wars, new military technologies, diplomatic initiatives, espionage activities, important individuals and organizations, economic developments, societal and cultural events, and more. This expansive coverage provides readers with the necessary context to understand the many facets of this complex conflict. The work begins with a preface and introduction and then offers illuminating introductory essays on the origins and course of the Cold War, which are followed by some 1,500 entries on key individuals, wars, battles, weapons systems, diplomacy, politics, economics, and art and culture. Each entry has cross-references and a list of books for further reading. The text includes more than 100 key primary source documents, a detailed chronology, a glossary, and a selective bibliography. Numerous illustrations and maps are inset throughout to provide additional context to the material. Includes more than 1,500 entries covering all facets of the Cold War from its origins to its aftermath, including all political, diplomatic, military, social, economic, and cultural aspects Incorporates the scholarship of more than 200 internationally recognized contributors from around the world, many writing about events and issues from the perspective of their country of origin Offers more than 100 original documents—a collection that draws heavily on material from archives in China, Eastern Europe, and the former Soviet Union Provides hundreds of powerful images and dozens of informative maps detailing specific military conflicts and movements of various groups Includes a detailed chronology of important events that occurred before, during, and after the Cold War
In the late 1950s, space became the new source of conflict for the United States and the Soviet Union. The world changed in 1957 when the Soviet Union launched Sputnik. The world's first satellite, Sputnik prompted advances in science and technology. Each side was determined to demonstrate technological acumen and military prowess through the ultimate space race. This book explores how technological power was used in the fight for political dominance.
In the post-World War II era, the Soviet Union and the United States wanted to gain the advantage in international security. Both engaged in intelligence gathering. This book provides a comprehensive understanding of the evolution of the espionage game. • Details how and why the United States and the Soviet Union maintained and evolved their robust spying capabilities from the end of World War II to the present era • Highlights how the espionage and spying employed by the United States and Soviet Union involved far more than just people placed to obtain and transmit information • Provides a foundation of knowledge to understand the tension between United States and the Soviet Union over current issues such as Georgia, Syria, and Ukraine, as well as the expansion of NATO into Central and Eastern Europe • Includes compelling stories in espionage history, including the Manhattan Project, the convicted Rosenberg spy couple, the U-2 incident, and the discovery of Russian "sleeper" cells in the United States in 2010
3 breakthrough guides to building, revitalizing, and sustaining great brands — and profiting from them! In three indispensable books, you’ll discover powerful new ways to build, rebuild, and sustain any brand — and leverage branding to supercharge profits and growth. In Six Rules for Brand Revitalization, Larry Light and Joan Kiddon teach the invaluable lessons of one of history’s most successful brand revitalizations: the reinvigoration of McDonald’s®. Drawing on that experience, the authors introduce a systematic blueprint for resurrecting any brand, and driving it to unprecedented success. Learn how to refocus your entire organization around common goals and a common brand promise...restore brand relevance based on profound knowledge of your customers... leverage innovation to reinvent your total brand experience… create a “plan to win,” and execute on it. The Truth About Creating Brands People Love reveals 51 bite-size, easy-to-use techniques for building great brands, and keeping them great. Learn powerful truths about positioning brands and developing brand meaning; using brands to drive corporate profits; managing advertising, pricing, and segmentation, and much more. Finally, What’s Your Story?: Storytelling to Move Markets, Audiences, People and Brands shows how to leverage the universal human activity of storytelling: your most powerful, most underutilized tool for competitive advantage. Legendary business thinkers Ryan Mathews and Watts Wacker help you take control of the stories your business tells, make them believable and unforgettable, make them move your customers to act! From world-renowned leaders and experts, including Larry Light, Joan Kiddon, Brian D. Till, Donna D. Heckler, Ryan Mathews, and Watts Wacker
****The nation's favourite cartoonist - Express**** Brilliantly witty and full of irreverent fun, this compilation is the ideal addition to your Giles collection! The 2019 collection takes a wry look at how Giles observed the most seismic and superficial events of his time. From January to December throughout the years, the common threads of life then and now are scrupulously interrogated under his pen. Treating perennial occupations such as Christmas parties, royal weddings and petrol prices with the same rigour as space travel, nuclear anxieties and perpetual debates about the EU, Giles investigates the weighty and the whimsical in equal measure. Fans of Giles will be thrilled to receive the latest annual treat from the archives of the celebrated cartoonist of the once biggest selling daily newspaper in the world, the Daily Express, whose work won him huge admiration and accolades including being voted the best cartoonist of the 20th century.
A Two Drama Collection: Angel of Peace and Parallel Universes is a collection of two plays; one an inspiring, historic narrative about Samantha Smith, a ten-year-old girl from Maine and the other one is a pure fantasy about a computer game that takes the performers and the audience to a parallel universe. "Parallel Universes" is the name of a computer game favored by the astronauts in the sci-fi novel, The Tellurians, also written by Betty J. White.
LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD • YALSA EXCELLENCE IN NONFICTION FINALIST • A ROBERT F. SIBERT HONOR BOOK This beautifully illustrated, oversized guide to the people and technology of the moon landing by award-winning author/illustrator John Rocco (illustrator of the Percy Jackson series) is a must-have for space fans, classrooms, and tech geeks. Everyone knows of Neil Armstrong's famous first steps on the moon. But what did it really take to get us there? The Moon landing is one of the most ambitious, thrilling, and dangerous ventures in human history. This exquisitely researched and illustrated book tells the stories of the 400,000 unsung heroes--the engineers, mathematicians, seamstresses, welders, and factory workers--and their innovations and life-changing technological leaps forward that allowed NASA to achieve this unparalleled accomplishment. From the shocking launch of the Russian satellite Sputnik to the triumphant splashdown of Apollo 11, Caldecott Honor winner John Rocco answers every possible question about this world-altering mission. Each challenging step in the space race is revealed, examined, and displayed through stunning diagrams, experiments, moments of crisis, and unforgettable human stories. Explorers of all ages will want to pore over every page in this comprehensive chronicle detailing the grandest human adventure of all time!
Intrepid Media is a 2nd generation social network and promotional site for writers and other artists. Founded in 1999, Intrepid Media has grown to over 1000 members around the world, including New York Times bestselling authors, writers represented by major agencies, novelists, journalists, freelancers, technical writers, bloggers, students, and everything in between. GREAT THINGS WILL HAPPEN TODAY: THE INTREPID MEDIA 2008 COLLECTION is a look at the last year like no other -- funny, biting, witty, insightful, thoughtful -- it's the best of Intrepid Media from an historic year in an historic edition. There something in here for everyone and a little something especially for you.