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Beyond: Visions of Interplanetary Probes

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“These images are a spectacular reaffirmation that we are privileged to live in the greatest age of exploration the world has ever known.”—From Arthur C. Clarke's forewordSince 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 ...
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“These images are a spectacular reaffirmation that we are privileged to live in the greatest age of exploration the world has ever known.”—From Arthur C. Clarke's forewordSince 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 every bit as compelling as the work of the great landscape photographers on earth; the second is a series of beautifully written 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.

Author Bio: Michael Benson is a journalist and maker of documentary films, including the award-winning Predictions of Fire (1995). His work has been published in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, and the Nation, among other publications, and he has been a television (CNN) and radio (NPR) reporter. He lives in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Arthur C. Clarke is the greatest living prophet of the space age. Best known for his science fiction novels (2001: A Space Odyssey, Childhood's End), he was awarded a knighthood for “services to literature.” He lives in Sri Lanka. Lawrence Weschler is one of the leading writers of non-fiction prose in the United States. For 20 years he was a staff writer at the New Yorker, covering art and politics. His most recent book was Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonders.

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Compiled by writer/photographer/filmmaker Benson-whose work has appeared in the Atlantic Monthly and the New York Times-this collects 295 stunning photographs (color and b&w) of our solar system, taken by an assortment of interplanetary satellites since the 1960s. The amazing views (e.g., the canyons of Mars, the mountains of the moon) take up a full page, and as if that weren't enough, readers are also treated to frequent double fold-outs, giving a four-page panoramic view. For each image, there is a brief description of a prominent feature, the probe, and the date. A brief essay begins the chapter on each solar system object. These, along with a foreword by Arthur C. Clarke and an afterword by Lawrence Weschler, make up practically the entire text. But, then, this book is for viewing, not reading. For public library science and photography collections.-Margaret F. Dominy, Drexel Univ. Lib., Philadelphia Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810982536
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/15/2006
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 11.87 (w) x 11.87 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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