Saturday, February 07, 2004

The Hitchhiker's Guide to JPL

JPL has an online resource called The Basics of Space Flight that provides an excellent introduction to challenges involved in spaceflight. The website covers background information about the solar system, the science that goes into developing a mission, and the operational challenges faced once a project is airborne.

JPL describes this site as being of 'broad scope, but limited depth', but for the average mortal I think the depth is probably more than sufficient... I think everyone will get something useful out of this. You might be surprised at how much human knowledge of our solar system has changed since you were in elementary school, how many of the 'facts' we were taught turned out to be mistaken.