Aerospace and Space Sciences

This subject resource guide is available courtesy of Jennifer Doherty?? 2009.? ?She can be contacted at jenniferadoherty@yahoo.com.

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Introduction

Aerospace and Space Sciences covers not so much a single discipline, but rather is a conglomeration of disciplines which are brought together to support research and development efforts as they relate to space exploration and technology.? As noted in the Reader?s Guide to the History of Science, ?Although there are academic departments, institutes, and high level advisory committees incorporating the name in their title, space science does not exist as a distinct discipline, but rather as a locus of activity for a wide range of specialties – from orbit theory and rocketry engineering, to environmental science, physics, comparative planetology, geophysics, meteorology, and astronomy.?? Other disciplines include engineering and it?s many sub-disciplines, astrophysics, biology, space medicine, robotics, atmospheric sciences, optics, earth sciences and its sub-disciplines and others.

These disciplines support ongoing research into the development of space craft and other technologies that support the ability for humans to live and work in space as well as ongoing scientific research that support advances in medicine; and technology for improving life on earth.? Aerospace and space technology has not only allowed scientists a greater view of the universe at large, but has also allowed scientists and engineers a greater understanding of our own planet and the world around us.? Work in the aerospace and space sciences today is carried on by a variety of government, academic, and private organizations that come together to share knowledge and research.

Due to the many disciplines and sub-disciplines that form the core of the aerospace and space sciences, it would be impossible to include every facet and area of research.? This guide is meant as a general guide and starting point for the aerospace and space sciences and would be useful for students, science and engineering professionals and information professionals.?

References:

Space Science. (2000). In Reader’s Guide to the History of Science. London: Routledge. Retrieved August 22, 2009, from http://www.credoreference.com.ezproxy2.library.drexel.edu/entry/routhistscience/space_science

Classification

Library of Congress Subject Headings

The Library of Congress Subject Heading for Aerospace and Space Sciences is Space sciences.? Narrower terms include Astronautics, Cosmic physics, Cosmochemistry, Ether (Space), Extraterrestrial anthropology, Outer Space, Space and time, Space astronomy, Space biology, Space medicine, and Space optics.? Astronomy is listed as a related term.? Space sciences can also be sub-divided using both subject and geographic terms.

Library of Congress Classification Numbers

The primary classification numbers used for the Aerospace and Space Sciences are

TL1-4050 Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics

TL500-777 Aeronautics. Aeronautical engineering

TL780-785.8 Rocket propulsion. Rockets

TL787-4050 Astronautics. Space travel

However, due to the wide variety of disciplines that make up the Aerospace and Space Sciences, additional classification numbers may include:

TA168 Systems engineering

TA170-171 Environmental engineering

TA174 Engineering design

TA213-215 Engineering machinery, tools, and implements

TA329-348 Engineering mathematics. Engineering analysis

TA349-359 Mechanics of engineering. Applied mechanics

TA365-367 Acoustics in engineering. Acoustical engineering

TA1001-1280 Transportation engineering

TA1501-1820 Applied optics. Photonics

TA2001-2040 Plasma engineering. Applied plasma dynamics

TJ1-1570 Mechanical engineering and machinery

TK1-9971 Electrical engineering. Electronics. Nuclear engineering

TP267.5-301 Explosives and pyrotechnics

TP315-360 Fuel

QA ? Mathematics

QB ? Astronomy

QC ? Physics

QD ? Chemistry

QE500-639.5 Dynamic and structural geology

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Dewey Decimal Numbers

000 Computer science, knowledge & systems

004 Data processing & computer science

005 Computer programming, programs & data

006 Special computer methods

500 Natural sciences & mathematics

510 Mathematics

520 Astronomy & allied sciences

522 Techniques, equipment & materials

530 Physics

550 Earth sciences

600 Technology

620 Engineering & allied operations

621 Applied physics

624 Civil engineering

629 Other branches of engineering

660 Chemical engineering

Archives and Databases???? Associations???? Catalogs and Conferences???? Journals???? Reference Works???? Research Groups and Organizations???? Websites and Electronic Resources

This subject resource guide is available courtesy of Jennifer Doherty?? 2009.? ?She can be contacted at jenniferadoherty@yahoo.com.