Robots in space : technology, evolution, and interplanetary travel

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Robots in space : technology, evolution, and interplanetary travel

Roger D. Launius and Howard E. McCurdy

(New series in NASA history)

Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008

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注記

Includes bibliographical references (p. [257]-301) and index

収録内容

  • Introduction : a false dichotomy
  • The human/robot debate
  • Human spaceflight as utopia
  • Promoting the human dimension
  • Robotic spaceflight in popular culture
  • The new space race
  • Interstellar flight and the human future in space
  • Homo sapiens, transhumanism, and the postbiological universe
  • An alternative paradigm?
  • Appendix : Inadequate words

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内容説明

Given the near incomprehensible enormity of the universe, it appears almost inevitable that humankind will one day find a planet that appears to be much like the Earth. This discovery will no doubt reignite the lure of interplanetary travel. Will we be up to the task? And, given our limited resources, biological constraints, and the general hostility of space, what shape should we expect such expeditions to take? In Robots in Space, Roger Launius and Howard McCurdy tackle these seemingly fanciful questions with rigorous scholarship and disciplined imagination, jumping comfortably among the worlds of rocketry, engineering, public policy, and science fantasy to expound upon the possibilities and improbabilities involved in trekking across the Milky Way and beyond. They survey the literature-fictional as well as academic studies; outline the progress of space programs in the United States and other nations; and assess the current state of affairs to offer a conclusion startling only to those who haven't spent time with Asimov, Heinlein, and Clarke: to traverse the cosmos, humans must embrace and entwine themselves with advanced robotic technologies. Their discussion is as entertaining as it is edifying and their assertions are as sound as they are fantastical. Rather than asking us to suspend disbelief, Robots in Space demands that we accept facts as they evolve.

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詳細情報

  • NII書誌ID(NCID)
    BA86460799
  • ISBN
    • 9780801887086
  • LCCN
    2007019374
  • 出版国コード
    us
  • タイトル言語コード
    eng
  • 本文言語コード
    eng
  • 出版地
    Baltimore
  • ページ数/冊数
    xx, 313 p.
  • 大きさ
    24 cm
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