(back cover) Is there life on Mars? Who were the first men in space? What was the weight of the Apollo spacecraft? Pocket Factbook: Astronomy gives you answers to these questions and many more. It describes the life and death of a typical star and gives you details about the challenges of space travel. You'll find the facts and figures you need to help you with your research projects--or simply to keep yourself generally informed. Here is an overview of the universe--its stars, planets, asteroids, and galaxies--and an account of human ventures into space.
Is there life outside the Earth? What is a black hole? What was the weight of the Apollo spacecraft? This compact guide presents essential facts about the solar system, galaxies in deep space, manned space flights, space stations and probes, and much more. Each title in Barron’s Pocket Factbooks seroes focuses on one of the natural or social sciences. It presents fascinating, sometimes little-known facts about its subject, as well as answers to frequently-asked questions. These books make handy reference sources for students, freelance writers, and general readers who are interested in finding out the how, where, when, and why—the specific facts and details relating to science, technology, natural history, and social history. All titles in this series are filled with attractive color photos and illustrations.