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Project Orion : The True Story of the Atomic Spaceship

Project Orion : The True Story of the Atomic Spaceship - 02 edition

Project Orion : The True Story of the Atomic Spaceship - 02 edition

ISBN13: 9780805072846

ISBN10: 0805072845

Project Orion : The True Story of the Atomic Spaceship by George Dyson - ISBN 9780805072846
Edition: 02
Copyright: 2002
Publisher: Owl Books
Published: 2002
International: No
Project Orion : The True Story of the Atomic Spaceship by George Dyson - ISBN 9780805072846

ISBN13: 9780805072846

ISBN10: 0805072845

Edition: 02

Summary

In 1957, a small group of scientists, supported by the U.S. government, launched a serious attempt to build a four-thousand-ton spaceship propelled by nuclear bombs. The initial plan called for missions to Mars by 1965 and to Saturn by 1970. After seven years of work, the project's technical challenges seemed surmountable, but political obstacles brought the effort to a halt. The Orion team, led by the American bomb-designer Theodore B. Taylor, included the physicist Freeman Dyson, whose son George was five years old when the existence of the project was first announced. In Project Orion, George Dyson has synthesized hundreds of hours of interviews and thousands of pages of newly excavated documents, still only partially declassified, to piece together a history of scientific dreams unrealized. Undoubtedly, the mission to build Orion -- vividly re-created by Dyson -- remains one of the most tantalizing "what if?" stories of the twentieth century.