SP-4312 Dreams, Hopes, Realities

 

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To my Uncle Ned -
A gifted teacher who introduced me to the stars
And to my Mom and Dad -
Who made me believe I could reach them.
 
 


The picture of the Milky Way taken by the Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE) shows the plane of our Galaxy in infrared light. All three COBE instruments produced major discoveries. COBE proved the Big Bang theory and the cosmic microwave background has its origin in the Big Bang, COBE also proved there were primordial temperature and density fluctuations that gave rise to the clusters of galaxies and the huge voids between them. COBE also found there is a far infrared cosmic background radiation that is brighter than all the known stars and galaxies combined produced by a previously unknown population of objects, presumably dusty early galaxies.

The picture of the Milky Way taken by the Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE) shows the plane of our Galaxy in infrared light. All three COBE instruments produced major discoveries. COBE proved the Big Bang theory and the cosmic microwave background has its origin in the Big Bang, COBE also proved there were primordial temperature and density fluctuations that gave rise to the clusters of galaxies and the huge voids between them. COBE also found there is a far infrared cosmic background radiation that is brighter than all the known stars and galaxies combined produced by a previously unknown population of objects, presumably dusty early galaxies.

 

 

Foreword.

Preface.

Chapter 1: Goddard's First Forty: The Quest to Learn.

Chapter 2: A Place for Science.

Chapter 3: The Tools.

Chapter 4: Exploring the Heavens.

Chapter 5: Exploring the Earth.

Chapter 6: The Endless Frontier.

References.

Bibliographical Essay.

Appendix A: Glossary of Acronyms.

Appendix B: Goddard Launches.

Appendix C: Directors of the Goddard Space Flight Center 1959-1998.

Acknowledgements.

Index.

The NASA History Series.

About the Author.


On the cover:

Spaceship Earth rushes through the galaxy ferrying its inhabitants into the future. Forty stellar years of exploration and science by Goddard Space Flight Center, looking both outward and back at Earth, helps humankind understand the planet's mission and theirs as passengers.

Artwork by Pat Rawlings, Space Artist and Conceptual Designer, SAIC



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