There are over 100 billion stars in our Milky Way Galaxy and there are billions of other galaxies in the Universe. The big Universe raises some equally big questions: What is the origin of the stars? Is there life on other planets? This book addresses these and other questions.
Professor Stuart Burgess has taught engineering design at Cambridge University and Bristol University. He has also carried out spacecraft design for the European Space Agency. In 1989 he received a Design Council Prize for engineering design presented by the Minister of State for Trade and Industry. In 1993 he received the Turners Gold Medal for the design of the solar array deployment mechanism on the £1.4 billion ENVISAT satellite (presented by the Vice Chancellor of City University).