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Beyond : visions of the interplanetary probes

Author: Michael Benson
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Harry N. Abrams, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Since the 1960s the National Aeronautics and Space Administration has been sending unmanned satellites to explore the planets, moons, and sun. These probes have amassed a stunning visual record of other worlds, revealing not one but scores of new frontiers, from rust-red Mars to the ethereal rings of Saturn."
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Benson
ISBN: 0810945312 9780810945319
OCLC Number: 52135042
Description: 319 pages : chiefly illustrations (some color) ; 30 cm
Contents: Foreword : Tomorrow's explorers / Arthur C. Clarke --
Earth-Moon system --
Venus --
Sun --
Mercury --
Mars --
Asteroids --
Jupiter system --
Saturn --
Uranus --
Neptune --
Space in time --
Trajectories --
About the photographs --
Afterword : Why is the human on earth? / Lawrence Weschler.
Responsibility: Michael Benson ; foreword by Arthur C. Clarke ; afterword by Lawrence Weschler.
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"Since the 1960s the National Aeronautics and Space Administration has been sending unmanned satellites to explore the planets, moons, and sun. These probes have amassed a stunning visual record of other worlds, revealing not one but scores of new frontiers, from rust-red Mars to the ethereal rings of Saturn."

"Author Michael Benson has spent years compiling and digitally processing the best of these images. In Beyond this "deskbound cosmic pilgrim" (Atlantic Monthly) has pulled together the most spectacular of them into one volume that presents these photographs for the first time as art. The resulting book consists of two parts: the first is a spectacular visual tour of the solar system, with views ever bit as compelling as the work of the great landscape photographers on earth; the second is a series of essays that explain the story behind these photographs: the history of the probes' journeys, how they work, and why they were built. This book shows us how modern science has revealed the astonishing beauty and mystery of the solar system and its awe-inspiring worlds far beyond any places human beings have ever directly observed."--Jacket.

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