The Gravity Well: America's Next, Greatest Mission (Hardcover)
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THE ANSWER TO AMERICA'S RENEWAL LIES DIRECTLY ABOVE US.
The Gravity Well reveals an astronomical mystery and offers the best promise for our nation's future. What is the Gravity Well?
A deep hole in space, a force that presses us to Earth, an obstacle stretching a million miles up and out, with us at the bottom, and our generation's most promising challenge. Conquering the Well offers our best hope for America's renewal—and, in the long run, for the survival of our species.
Humans have been trying to escape the Well for more than a century. Today, our greatest entrepreneurs are building a space economy, accomplishing remarkable technological feats, while climbing only a tiny fraction of the way. What will it take to break out of the Well? The entire nation. The cost? It will surprise you. The Gravity Well explains the true, poorly understood challenge of space, while making an inspiring case for meeting that challenge. Imagine a national effort that:
- Offers immediate payoffs to the economy.
- Inspires young people to study STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math).
- Restores America's reputation as a peacefulworld leader.
- Already has the support of Americans across the political spectrum.
The Gravity Well is a must-read—not just for those interested in space but for anyone who cares about our country.
About the Author
Stephen Sandford spent 28 years as an engineer and researcher at NASA, including senior assignments at Johnson Space Center and NASA headquarters. As Director for Space Technology and Exploration at NASA’s Langley Research Center, he led teams of engineers, researchers, and mission architects to enable human space exploration. Currently Systems Engineering Director at Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies, Inc., his work spans a range of space challenges, from asteroid utilization to space policy. He has degrees in physics, electrical engineering, and optical science. Jay Heinrichs is the author of the bestselling book on rhetoric, Thank You for Arguing; and Word Hero.