Notes: A very optimistic report on 31 comets that could be reached by a space probe by 1977. "The general conclusion of this study is that a mission to a comet is completely feasable and could be carried out into the very near future." The report provides diagrams and analysis of the orbits of each of the possible comets and devotes a chapter to a proposed 1964 mission to Encke.
Of course, sending a probe to a comet is no easy feat and it was not accomplished until 1994, when the European Space Agency sent the Rosetta spacecraft to 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, a comet that hadn't even been discovered when this report was written.
This is volume one, the report, only. The second volume of appendices is not present. This report is complete in itself; the appendices are not referenced in the introduction, which summarizes all the chapters present here.
v, 4, 36, 23, 55, 32 leaves printed on one side (rectos) only.
Edition + Condition: Sheets two-hole punched and affixed to printer paper covers using prong fasteners.
Publication: Redondo Beach, CA: Space Technology Laboratories, 1963.
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