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Guidebook for the Scientific Traveler: Visiting Astronomy and Space Exploration Sites across America
by Duane S Nickell
Rutgers University Press, 2008
Paper: 978-0-8135-4374-1 | eISBN: 978-0-8135-4561-5
Library of Congress Classification QB44.3.N53 2008
Dewey Decimal Classification 520.973


Finding all the fascinating scientific sites to visit throughout America can be a daunting task. This guidebook does all the work for you. The first in a series of travel books that will celebrate science and technology in America, Guidebook for the Scientific Traveler describes astronomy and space-related museums and attractions that conventional travel guides tend to ignore. So, gas up the car, grab some snacks for the road, and get started on the voyage.

Written in clear, easy-to-read language, Guidebook for the Scientific Traveler lists more than 50 of the most important and intriguing astronomical and space-related sites in the United States. The book encompasses both popular and obscure places of interest, all of which are open to the public. Grouping the attractions by theme—such as Native American astronomy, optical and radio telescopes, NASA and space exploration, and space rocks—Duane S. Nickell provides a scientific and historical overview of each theme followed by detailed descriptions of the related sites within that theme. With over 40 illustrations, the book gives readers a visual understanding of what they will experience at most of the sites. For those readers who want to use the book as a trip planner, Nickell also includes a state-by-state listing of the attractions and identifies “must-see” exhibits at many of the space museums featured.

Travelers and armchair tourists alike will be entertained by the illustrations and scientific descriptions of these “out of this world” attractions.

-Perfect for science and astronomy enthusiasts

-Contains detailed visitorinformation on each site

-Includes over 50 of the top astronomy and space-related sites

-Filled with interesting descriptions of all sites

-Over 40 photographs

-State-by-state appendix

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