Lights of Mankind: The Earth at Night as Seen from Space

Lights of Mankind: The Earth at Night as Seen from Space

by L. Douglas Keeney
     
 


Lights of Mankind goes where no book has gone before. Displaying a myriad of remarkable images never published previously in one volume—selected from among nearly 130,000 photographs downlinked by astronauts from the Cupola observation module on the International Space Station—
it tells the story of what planet Earth looks like atSee more details below

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Lights of Mankind goes where no book has gone before. Displaying a myriad of remarkable images never published previously in one volume—selected from among nearly 130,000 photographs downlinked by astronauts from the Cupola observation module on the International Space Station—
it tells the story of what planet Earth looks like at night.

Covering all inhabited continents and most major cities, it also features compelling accompanying text, including words from the astronauts themselves, who tell what they saw and how they felt as they viewed Earth at night.

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“Earthbound folks rarely get the chance to see how the planet's city lights glow from space. Several years ago, however, author L. Douglas Keeney noticed pictures being tweeted by astronauts on the International Space Station. The clear images of Earth's city lights were made possible by new camera technology that was able to shoot high-resolution photos even as the station moved at a rapid 17,500 miles an hour some 240 miles above Earth's surface. Keeney then got to work, pouring through more than 300,000 unmarked NASA photo, choosing 400 of the best images for his book the Lights of Mankind: The Earth at Night as Seen from Space.” —BusinessInsider.com  

“A new book collects images that offer a different look at the Earth from space, when sunlight is replaced by the lights of human civilization. Lights of Mankind provides a sampling of some of the best such nighttime imagery from six continents. Many cities are visible in sharp detail, revealing their network of roads and patterns of development, from grids to hubs-and spokes to more irregular patterns, that are much harder to see during the day. Keeney matches the images with brief captions describing the images and including in many cases capsule histories of those cities. Included in the book are several essays from astronauts who have flown on the ISS, providing their views of what it was like to view, and photograph, the Earth at night.” —Space Review

“Imagining what Earth must look like from orbit leaves me almost breathless. And I had that feeling after looking through the amazing images in Lights of Mankind: The Earth at Night as Seen from Space.” —Kim D. Kolarik, The Courier-Journal (Louisville)

The books’s Earth-at-night photography as reviewed by the media:

“Stunning images.” —New York Daily News

"Earthlings are seeing their planet in a whole new light, thanks to NASA and its astronauts aboard the Internet-wired space station. They're beaming down dazzling images and guess-this-mystery-location photos via Twitter and have even launched a game. Landlubbers the world over are eating it up. From schoolchildren to grown-up business entrepreneurs and artists, the public is captivated and can't seem to get enough."  —Huffington Post

“Photos and thoughts beamed down from the International Space Station via Twitter are raising goose bumps across the planet.” —Daily Telegram

"For decades people have found themselves transixed by photos of Earth from space, enjoying a switch in perspective that stimulates the mind and awakens a sense of mystery."  —The Telegram

 

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780762777556
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
12/13/2011
Edition description:
First
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
11.30(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.90(d)

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