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Launius, Roger D.

Overview
Works: 157 works in 355 publications in 2 languages and 17,140 library holdings
Genres: History  Pictorial works  Art  Biography  Interviews  Sources  Church history 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: QB500.262, 387.80973
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Roger D Launius
Frontiers of space exploration by Roger D Launius( Book )

14 editions published between 1998 and 2004 in English and held by 1,330 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gives an overview of space exploration during the twentieth century; includes information on the development of rocket technology, the Mir space station, the Mars Pathfinder mission, and other related topics
Joseph Smith III : pragmatic prophet by Roger D Launius( Book )

6 editions published between 1988 and 1995 in English and Undetermined and held by 670 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

NASA : a history of the U.S. civil space program by Roger D Launius( Book )

10 editions published between 1994 and 2001 in English and French and held by 643 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Exploring the unknown : selected documents in the history of the U.S. civil space program( Book )

in English and held by 643 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Smithsonian atlas of space exploration by Roger D Launius( Book )

5 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 630 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces the history of space exploration from Ptolomy and Copernicus to the space shuttles and Mars missions of today, and explains the geography of space flight and the ways in which space travel was shaped by Cold War politics
Robots in space : technology, evolution, and interplanetary travel by Roger D Launius( Book )

14 editions published between 2007 and 2012 in English and held by 592 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Given the near incomprehensible enormity of the universe, it appears almost inevitable that humankind will one day find a planet that appears to be much like Earth. This discovery will no doubt reignite the lure of interplanetary travel. Will we be up to the task? And, given our limited resources, biological constraints, and the general hostility of space, what shape should we expect such expeditions to take?" "In Robots in Space, Roger Launius and Howard McCurdy tackle these seemingly fanciful questions with rigorous scholarship and disciplined imagination, jumping comfortably among the worlds of rocketry, engineering, public policy, and science fantasy to expound upon the possibilities and improbabilities involved in trekking across the Milky Way and beyond. They survey the literature - fictional as well as academic studies; outline the progress of space programs in the United States and other nations; and assess the current state of affairs to offer a conclusion startling only to those who haven't spent time with Asimov, Heinlein, and Clarke: to traverse the cosmos, humans must embrace and entwine themselves with advanced robotic technologies."--Jacket
NASA & the exploration of space : with works from the NASA art collection by Roger D Launius( Book )

6 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 487 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An overview of the history of NASA and its role in modern space exploration, accompanied by sketches and paintings from American artists
Spaceflight and the myth of presidential leadership( Book )

5 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 379 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Spaceflight and the Myth of Presidential Leadership, ten contributors present compelling arguments and analyses that shed new light on the power and leadership of the nation's presidency and on the space program. Setting the tone for the collection, Roger Launius and Howard McCurdy maintain that the nation's presidency had become imperial by the mid-1970s and that supporters of the space program had grown to find relief in such a presidency, which they believed could help them obtain greater political support and funding. Subsequent chapters explore the roles and political leadership, vis-a-vis government policy, of Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, and Bush
Charlie Finley : the outrageous story of baseball's super showman by G. Michael Green( Book )

2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 368 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A profile of the colorful former owner and general manager of the Oakland A's describes the tuberculosis that ended his athletic ambitions, his contributions to the team's historic wins, and the contradictory personality that led to his controversial team breakdown
Space stations : base camps to the stars by Roger D Launius( Book )

7 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in English and held by 360 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the history of space stations, from their early concepts to the present
Cultures in conflict : a documentary history of the Mormon War in Illinois by John E Hallwas( Book )

7 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 318 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The most extensive and thorough account yet of the struggle between Mormons and non-Mormons in frontier Illinois, Cultures in Conflict presents a wide selection of historical documents - a number of which never have been published - concerning a mini civil war that erupted during the 1840s. John Hallwas and Roger Launius introduce these documents with probing but balanced discussions of the causes that underlay the conflict. They note the relationship of attitudes and
Innovation and the development of flight by Roger D Launius( Book )

6 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 310 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

I sin beskrivelse af flyvningens historie og udvikling, relaterer forfatteren udviklingens indflydelse på samfundet, politik og kulturer, f.eks i omtalen af relationerne imellem lufthavne, byer og industri i takt med udviklingen af flyindstrien
Kingdom on the Mississippi revisited : Nauvoo in Mormon history( Book )

3 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 306 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reconsidering Sputnik : forty years since the Soviet satellite by Roger D Lanius( Book )

13 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in English and held by 301 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book explores Russia's stunning success of ushering in the space age by launching Sputnik and beating the United States into space. It also examines the formation of NASA, the race for human exploration of the moon, the reality of global satellite communications, and a new generation of scientific spacecraft that began exploring the universe. An introductory essay by Pulitzer Prize winner Walter A. McDougall sets the context for Sputnik and its significance at the end of the twentieth century
To reach the high frontier : a history of U.S. launch vehicles by Roger D Launius( Book )

5 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 270 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beskriver den historiske og teknologiske udvikling inden for det amerikanske rumprogram med fokus på de store løfteraketter
Exploring the solar system : the history and science of planetary exploration by Roger D Launius( Book )

12 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 223 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the beginning of the Space Age the United States, followed soon by other nations, began an impressive effort to learn about the planets of the solar system. The data collected and analyzed by scientists has revolutionized understanding of our neighbors. These efforts also captured the imagination of people from all backgrounds like nothing else except the Apollo lunar missions. Through a succession of analytical essays on major aspects of the history of robotic planetary exploration, this book opens new vistas in the understanding of the development of planetary science in the Space Age
Seasons in the sun : the story of big league baseball in Missouri by Roger D Launius( Book )

8 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 122 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents the history of the major league baseball teams that have called Missouri home from 1876 to 2001, from St. Louis's first league, the Brown Stockings, to Kansas City's Negro World Series-winning league, the Monarchs, to the state's National League champions, the Cardinals
Space shuttle legacy : how we did it and what we learned by Roger D Launius( Book )

6 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 77 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book, more than any other, distills and captures the historical essence of the Space Shuttle program from its post-Apollo inception to its winding down and retirement in 2011. The Shuttle program is the single most significant, and among the most inspirational, science and technology programs in human history to date. ... [The authors] assess the program's historic impact upon our technoculture as the world's premiere "big science" and "high technology" program, both in terms of its stunning and unique benefits and its immeasurable and troubling opportunity costs - both inspirational and practical."--Page vii
Societal impact of spaceflight by Steven J Dick( Book )

4 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 51 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Alternative Names
Launius, Roger 1954-

Launius, Roger D.

Languages
English (137)

French (1)

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Joseph Smith III : pragmatic prophetExploring the unknown : selected documents in the history of the U.S. civil space programSmithsonian atlas of space explorationRobots in space : technology, evolution, and interplanetary travelNASA & the exploration of space : with works from the NASA art collectionSpaceflight and the myth of presidential leadershipCharlie Finley : the outrageous story of baseball's super showmanSpace stations : base camps to the stars