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Launius, Roger D.

Works: 207 works in 481 publications in 2 languages and 21,333 library holdings
Genres: History  Biographies  Pictorial works  Illustrated works  Art  Interviews  Biography  Sources  Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Author of introduction, Contributor
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Most widely held works by Roger D Launius
Cultures in conflict : a documentary history of the Mormon War in Illinois by John E Hallwas( )

10 editions published between 1995 and 1999 in English and held by 2,068 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of the struggle between Mormons and non-Mormons in frontier Illinois, Cultures in Conflict presents a wide selection of historical documents - a number of which never have been published - concerning a mini civil war that erupted during the 1840s.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( )

8 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 1,879 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
Seasons in the sun : the story of big league baseball in Missouri by Roger D Launius( )

10 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 1,721 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
Frontiers of space exploration by Roger D Launius( Book )

17 editions published between 1998 and 2004 in English and held by 1,556 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
To reach the high frontier : a history of U.S. launch vehicles by Roger D Launius( )

9 editions published between 2002 and 2015 in English and held by 1,283 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"To Reach the High Frontier details the histories of the various launch vehicles developed in the United States since the birth of the space age in 1957." "This book presents case studies in the history of all the major rockets built by the United States. Each study has been written by a specialist knowledgeable about the vehicle described and places each system in the larger context of the history of space flight. To Reach the High Frontier promises to aid in the effort to resolve the launch vehicle problem, offering a comprehensive history and analysis of rocket development and suggesting remarkable new directions for future efforts."--BOOK JACKET
Robots in space : technology, evolution, and interplanetary travel by Roger D Launius( Book )

18 editions published between 1900 and 2012 in English and held by 1,071 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
Hubble's legacy : reflections by those who dreamed it, built it, and observed the universe with it( Book )

3 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 660 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The development and operation of the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) have resulted in many rich legacies, most particularly in science and technology - but in culture as well. This book, which includes contributions from historians of science, key scientists and administrators, and one of the principal astronauts who led many of the servicing missions, is meant to capture the history of this iconic instrument
Joseph Smith III : pragmatic prophet by Roger D Launius( Book )

9 editions published between 1988 and 1995 in English and Undetermined and held by 638 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This interesting, well-researched biography of the founder of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints covers the 54 years of his presidency, a tenure marked by Mormon factionalism that he succeeded in controlling. The son of the founder of Mormonism, Joseph Smith III at first resisted succeeding his father as leader and prophet but, as his biographer underscores, his governance from 1860 until his death in 1914 was fiercely committed to the religious legacy of his parent. Differing in style from the elder Smith's "sometimes disastrous impracticality," his son exemplified rugged individualism with a secular pragmatism that sprang from his legal education. An opponent of polygamy, as proclaimed by Brigham Young, the younger Smith established a viable bureaucracy and a style of leadership that characterizes the Mormon community today, notes the author, a military historian
Exploring the unknown : selected documents in the history of the U.S. civil space program( Book )

in English and held by 622 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 611 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

5 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 609 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
The Smithsonian history of space exploration : from the ancient world to the extraterrestrial future by Roger D Launius( Book )

3 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 579 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Space historian Roger D. Launius examines the thousands of years that humans have endeavored to understand the universe, including the pioneering work undertaken by the ancients of Greece, Rome, and China; the great astronomical discoveries of Renaissance thinkers such as Copernicus, Galileo, and Kepler; and the technological and mechanical breakthroughs that have enabled the human race to explore far beyond our own planet in recent decades. He also reveals the future of space exploration, speculating on forthcoming space travel and humans' possible future as an extraterrestrial species
Space shuttle legacy : how we did it and what we learned by Roger D Launius( )

6 editions published in 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 548 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
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 448 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 )

6 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 383 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
Reconsidering Sputnik : forty years since the Soviet satellite( Book )

16 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in English and held by 334 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The contours of space exploration in the latter half of the 20th century owe much to the seminal but hardly singular event of Sputnik. This work looks at how the event changed history in 1957 when the former Soviet Union successfully launched Sputnik
Societal impact of spaceflight by Steven J Dick( )

4 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 329 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Space stations : base camps to the stars by Roger D Launius( Book )

7 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in English and held by 325 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the history of space stations, from their early concepts to the present
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 319 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
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Innovation and the development of flight
Innovation and the development of flightSeasons in the sun : the story of big league baseball in MissouriFrontiers of space explorationTo reach the high frontier : a history of U.S. launch vehiclesRobots in space : technology, evolution, and interplanetary travelJoseph Smith III : pragmatic prophetExploring the unknown : selected documents in the history of the U.S. civil space programSmithsonian atlas of space exploration
Alternative Names
Launius, Roger 1954-

Launius, Roger D.

Roger D. Launius Amerikaans auteur

Roger D. Launius Author, historian and museum director

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French (1)