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  • Ariane, un nom qui en a fait rêver plus d'un... Nous avons tous en mémoire une image du décollage de la fameuse fusée, mais que sait-on des équipes qui la construisent, qui la « mettent au monde », et comment se faire une idée de son lieu de naissance ? S'immerger dans le site ArianeGroup des Mureaux, c'est découvrir un univers ultra-technologique, bien entendu, mais aussi un monde attachant, fait de passions et de rêves. Un véritable concentré d'exigence et d'humanité qui se nourrit au quotidien de l'expérience des hommes et des femmes qui travaillent en ces lieux.
    Et de quoi faire rêver les nombreux passionnés de la conquête de l'espace.

  • Le 1er octobre 1958, la première agence spatiale civile mondiale est fondée pour riposter en urgence contre le lancement de Spoutnik par l'Union soviétique un an plus tôt. En 10 ans, la National Aeronautics and Space Administration, universellement connue sous l'acronyme NASA, est passée d'un modeste groupe de chercheurs, menant des expériences avec de petites fusées converties, à l'une des plus importantes entreprises technologiques et managériales jamais créée, capable d'envoyer des humains sur la Lune à bord d'énormes fusées et de disperser des robots explorateurs sur Vénus, Mars et plus loin encore. Malgré les quelques revers tragiques qui ont jalonné l'histoire de la NASA, le projet lunaire Apollo demeure emblématique de l'ingéniosité américaine; ses navettes spatiales ailées ont été le fer de lance de la station spatiale internationale et son stupéfiant arsenal de satellites astronomiques, d'atterrisseurs robotiques et de programmes en sciences de la Terre ont transformé notre compréhension du cosmos, et de la place qu'y occupe la planète fragile que nous habitons.
    Au fil des 60 années d'existence de la NASA, les images ont joué un rôle crucial. Qui, aujourd'hui, n'a jamais été fasciné par les prises de vues de l'univers réalisées par le télescope spatial Hubble, ou les panoramas de Mars, d'une netteté extraordinaire, collectés par les rovers de surface de la NASA? Qui a oublié les clichés des hommes marchant sur la Lune ?
    Imaginé et réalisé en collaboration avec la NASA, ce recueil réunit plus de 500 photos historiques et de rares schémas de conception, scannés et remasterisés grâce aux techniques les plus perfectionnées, puis reproduits dans un cadre noir mat qui protège les pages des traces de doigts. Les textes signés du journaliste scientifique Piers Bizony, de l'ancien historien en chef de la NASA Roger Launius et de l'auteur à succès et spécialiste d'Apollo Andrew Chaikin complètent cette exploration exhaustive de la NASA, qui s'étend de ses premières heures aux nouveaux systèmes spatiaux qu'elle élabore aujourd'hui pour l'avenir.
    The NASA Archives est bien plus qu'une captivante histoire illustrée du programme spatial américain. C'est aussi une méditation profonde sur les raisons pour lesquelles nous explorons l'espace et la direction que nous donnerons à cette aventure sans égal dans les années à venir.

  • Presents scientific thinking about the mysteries of the universe. This title reveals the Model dependent realism, the multi verse, the top-down theory of cosmology, and the unified M-theory. It also includes discoveries that are altering our understanding and threatening some of our most cherished belief systems.

  • This book contains nine historical monographs that present important aspects of the Spanish participation in ESRO and ESA programmes. It is the result of a cooperative effort between ESA and the CDTI, the office in charge of the ESA programmes in Spain.
    The authors are persons with direct experience of the matters they describe and have obtained industry wide support to obtain the information used. The support of staff at INTA and ESA's Villafranca station must also be acknowledged. A list of Spain's major achievements in space and a series of tables presenting the details of Spanish investments and participation in all major ESA projects are also included as well as photographs of hardware delivered to ESA.

  • Small, neutral Switzerland was one of the driving forces in setting up the first Europe-wide space agency, the European Space Research Organisation (ESRO). Following that, Switzerland went on to become an active member of the European Space Agency (ESA). This book explains how and why Switzerland came to play such a role.
    In doing so, it reveals that in the case of Switzerland, it was neither military nor scientific or industrial motives that primarily determined space policy but rather the country's foreign policy and will to participate in «non-political» European organisations. It also shows that the Swiss national system of innovation was challenged by «big technologies» such as space technology. Hence this book is an important contribution to both the history of foreign policy and of science and technology policy in Switzerland.

  • Universe is a groundbreaking survey that celebrates the popular subject of astronomy through 300 images created by those who have tried to understand - or who have been inspired by - the beauty and mystery of stars, planets, and beyond. Carefully chosen by an international panel of experts and arranged to highlight thought-provoking contrasts and similarities, the selection includes paintings, photographs, sculpture, animation, prints, sketches, and digital renderings with iconic works by renowned photographers, artists, and astronomers alongside previously unpublished finds.
    - Paul Murdin has worked as an astronomer in the USA, Australia, England, Scotland, and Spain.
    Previously a research scientist and a science administrator for the UK Government and the Royal Astronomical Society, he now works at the Institute of Astronomy at the University of Cambridge, England, and is visiting professor at John Moores University, Liverpool.
    Key Selling Points.
    - Following in the footsteps of bestselling Map:
    Exploring the World and Plant: Exploring the Botanical World, Universe will appeal to both armchair and serious enthusiasts of space, astronomy, and the galaxies.
    - Includes an international selection of 300 images, arranged in a uniquely structured sequence to create stimulating juxtapositions.
    - Images span millennia, from ancient cave paintings and medieval manuscripts to contemporary art and photography, animation, and interactive websites.
    - Includes iconic images by a diverse range of globally renowned artists and astronomers, such as, Nicolaus Copernicus, David Malin, Olafur Eliasson, Gallileo, Yayoi Kusama, Isaac Newton, Pablo Picasso, Gerhard Richter, and Wolfgang Tillmans.

  • You have decided to jump into astronomical spectroscopy, or you are thinking about it. If you wish to understand how to start, to go deeper, or simply increase your knowledge and improve your results, then this book is made for you!
    Amateur interest in Astronomical spectroscopy is on the rise. More and more amateur astronomers are diving into the adventure. Getting a star spectrum, today is easily feasible, with modest equipment - if you have a method, and go step by step. This book is a guide; it is very practical. It addresses all the issues required to quickly assist you in obtaining quality spectra with a slit spectroscope. We talk about astrophysics and optics, but it is not an astrophysical or optical course. No prerequisite is needed.
    A big part of the book is dedicated to the setup of your equipment and to obtaining spectra in the field. This is often where beginners face problems: one needs to make several devices (telescope, spectroscope, camera...) work together. Little by little, you'll learn how to get your first spectra, to perform data reduction, and to look at your spectra with more and more expectations - up to the moment when you realize that you're doing real science.
    « The book you are about to read is remarkable in the sense that it makes the foundations of astronomical spectroscopy accessible to all and provides practical advice for its application. It will without doubt give you the desire to embark on this great adventure, and provides you the means to achieve it. » extract from the preface written by Claude Catala, President of the Observatoire de Paris

  • Anglais Sun and moon

    Holborn Mark

    Published to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the first moon landing, this book links astronomy, photography, and cartography in an unprecedented history of all three sciences, showing how the development of each of them fed off the other two. From the seventeenth- century spirit of exploration to the most recent images from the Hubble Telescope and maps of the surface of Mars, this remarkable story is told visually through stunning, rarely seen images, with informative captions and authoritative, accessible chapter essays.

  • Universe is a groundbreaking survey that celebrates the popular subject of astronomy through 300 images created by those who have tried to understand ¿ or who have been inspired by ¿ the beauty and mystery of stars, planets, and beyond. Carefully chosen by an international panel of experts and arranged to highlight thought-provoking contrasts and similarities, the selection includes paintings, photographs, sculpture, animation, prints, sketches, and digital renderings with iconic works by renowned photographers, artists, and astronomers alongside previously unpublished finds.

  • Anglais HUMAN UNIVERSE

    Brian Cohen Cox

    The nation's favourite scientist looks at the origins of life in our Universe. For somehow the laws of nature conspired to create a naked ape that can look up at the stars and wonder where it came from.

  • In The Accidental Universe, physicist and novelist Alan Lightman explores the emotional and philosophical questions raised by discoveries in science, focusing most intently on the human condition and the needs of humankind.Here, in a collection of exhilarating essays, Lightman shows us our own universe from a series of fascinating and diverse perspectives. He takes on the difficult dialogue between science and religion; the conflict between our human desire for permanence and the impermanence of nature; the possibility that our universe is simply an accident; the manner in which modern technology has divorced us from enjoying a direct experience of the world; and our resistance to the view that our bodies and minds can be explained by scientific logic and laws alone.With his customary passion, precision, lyricism and imagination, in The Accidental Universe Alan Lightman leaves us with the suggestion - heady and humbling - that what we see and understand of the world and ourselves is only a tiny piece of the extraordinary, perhaps unfathomable whole.Praise for Alan Lightman:'...a gem of a novel that is strange witty erudite and alive with Lightman's playful genius.' Junot Diaz.'It would not seem possible for Alan Lightman to match his earlier tour de force, Einstein's Dreams, but in Mr g he has done so - with wit, imagination, and transcendent beauty.' Anita Desai.

  • The Night Sky Month by Month offers charts for observing stars and constellations in both the northern and southern hemispheres at any time of the year. Positions of stars and planet locations for each month are included, plus get tips on what equipment to use and how.


    Packed with specially-commissioned artworks and photography with illustrated overviews introducing each month with a guide to the main attractions, such as bright stars and prominent constellations, this will inspire both beginners to star-gazing as well as amateur astronomers.

  • "This book details fifty years of European collaboration in space from the origins of the programme in 1964 to its rich complexity today. It charts the early moves by scientific statesmen and governments to establish not one, but two organisations, ESRO for science and later applications and ELDO for launchers.
    The tight financial constraints on ESRO, the tribulations of ELDO's launcher, and a major tilt towards close technological cooperation with NASA in the early 1970s led to the formation of a single organisation in 1975, ESA.
    ESA embarked on developing a new European launcher under French leadership (Ariane), and a human-rated capsule for scientific experiments to fit in the Space Shuttle's cargo bay under German leadership (Spacelab). Its science programme was put on a secure institutional footing and it launched a number of applications programmes. The 1980s are marked by the spectacular success of Ariane, the consolidation of a human presence in space through Spacelab and collaboration in the International Space Station, the development of a new framework for rationalising space science and bruising disputes over engaging users to operate application satellites. The global upheavals of the 1990s, the interest of the private sector in space, and an awareness of the value of space-based systems to civil society and military action on the ground obliged ESA to refashion itself again. New partnerships were forged. The launcher fleet was expanded to include the Russian Soyuz and the Italian-led Vega, a single European Astronaut Corps was created, and major new programmes for Earth observation (GMES) and satellite navigation (Galileo) were embarked on in cooperation with the European Union. The history of Europe's presence in space is above all a history of political will, of industrial development, and of the consolidation of extensive scientific, technological and managerial competencies to construct a global space power that could compete and collaborate from a position of strength with the US and the USSR/Russia, while adapting to the changing demands of a new geopolitical world order in the 21st century.
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  • The bestselling author of Longitude and Galileo's Daughter tells the story of Nicolaus Copernicus and the revolution in astronomy that changed the world.

  • A dazzling tour d'horizon of mankind's enduring fascination with, and reliance upon, the extraordinary star at the centre of our solar system.

  • Here is the most up-to-date history of man in space, researched by a NASA insider from astronaut interviews, diaries and speeches, with many revelations appearing in print for the first time, and even including material from top secret documents from the former Soviet Union.

  • Très tôt, l'Homme primitif prend conscience de la notion du temps. Mais certainement pas comme on la comprend aujourd'hui, basée sur l'écoulement des heures. Non, ce sont les alternances du jour et de la nuit et les cycles des saisons qui éveillent d'abord sa curiosité, tout comme la course du Soleil et la Lune.
    Pour être en mesure de fixer des repères temporels et historiques comme de prévoir les périodes de récolte et de chasse, l'Homme a élaboré des calendriers qui se référaient aux cycles lunaires ou solaires. Les calendriers romains de l'Antiquité, par exemple, étaient lunaires. L'imprécision de leurs calculs nécessitait toutefois des corrections régulières pour coïncider avec les saisons. Lunaire sous Romulus, le calendrier devient luni-solaire sous César. Il prend alors l'appellation de julien. Nécessitant lui-même de nouveaux ajustements au cours des siècles, il sera à nouveau revu par le pape Grégoire XIII. En 1582, il donne naissance au calendrier grégorien dont l'emploi dans le monde des affaires est quasi universel aujourd'hui.
    Ainsi, des origines à l'époque contemporaine, des horlogers ont développé des instruments images du Cosmos, et créé des objets hier scientifiques et utilitaires, aujourd'hui porteurs de rêve et d'émotion.
    L'horlogerie, fille de l'astronomie, ouvrage de la Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie, tente de démystifier l'astronomie mise en regard de la mesure du temps. Cette fabuleuse histoire de la science des mouvements du Soleil, de la Terre, de la Lune et de l'Univers permet au lecteur de mieux comprendre la fonctionnalité des complications astronomiques développées aujourd'hui.
    La montre-bracelet perpétue une formidable aventure humaine et continue de fasciner les amateurs de belle horlogerie à travers calendriers, phases de lune, quantième perpétuel et annuel, etc.
    Cet ouvrage présente des reproductions de documents anciens, des photographies de garde-temps, tels cadrans solaires, horloges, pendules, montres de poches et bracelet, à fonctions astronomiques. Il est complété de notices explicatives sur le disque de Nebra, le mécanisme d'Anticythère et l'horloge astronomique de Prague. Il se termine par un riche lexique de termes utiles à quiconque s'intéresse à l'horlogerie astronomique.

  • In this book, the author describes the framework of his universal subject residing in the spiritual dimension inhabited by Freud's two unconsciouses and three of his own. He constructs a scientific theory of the global cosmos that reveals the connection between the terrestrial subject and the creator of the universe and it's two infinities.

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