Orbit: NASA Astronauts Photograph the Earth

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Orbit takes the reader into space for astronaut's views of home: Cape Cod arching into the Atlantic, Mount Everest casting its shadow over lesser peaks, the sands of the Sahara arrayed in endless patterns. Like any travelers, these voyagers in space have aimed their cameras at sights that startled their eyes. They have flown through the aurora and captured its rippling, mystic colors. They have looked down upon storms and volcanoes. And they have documented the human imprint upon the Earth: the scarred forests, ...
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Orbit takes the reader into space for astronaut's views of home: Cape Cod arching into the Atlantic, Mount Everest casting its shadow over lesser peaks, the sands of the Sahara arrayed in endless patterns. Like any travelers, these voyagers in space have aimed their cameras at sights that startled their eyes. They have flown through the aurora and captured its rippling, mystic colors. They have looked down upon storms and volcanoes. And they have documented the human imprint upon the Earth: the scarred forests, the topsoil washing into the sea. As these matchless photos show, we now keep a vigil over our Earth, a vigil that will help us preserve this realm of fragile beauty.
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YAAt first glance, Orbit might appear to be another glitzy coffee-table book with the rambling narrative so typical of National Geographic publications. Certainly astronaut Jay Apt has assembled what the authors describe as "the most important and beautiful photographs taken since humans first left Earth." Entertaining as the spectacular shots of our home planet are, however, the accompanying captions and chapter narratives give the full-page photographs an added immediacy that could only come from one who has actually been there. Brief historical and scientific commentary is enlivened with fascinating details. The organization of photographs and text makes Orbit a round-trip tour from blastoff to final approach along the blue-green waters of the Gulf Coast until Cape Canaveral looms into view. Readers can even keep track of the journey with the aid of miniature global maps on most pages. In addition to an index of places, there is an index to the photographs that provides exact cartographic location, date of the shot, type of camera, and lens and film used.Cynthia J. Rieben, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
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These selections from 100 manned US spaceflights were taken from relatively low-flying spacecraft on conventional film, and have been digitally corrected to approximate what the astronauts actually see. The 175 photographs capture familiar places<-->Cape Cod, the Sahara, the Grand Canyon, and Mt. Everest; cyclones and other unusual weather formations; environmental tragedies<-->scarred forests and topsoil washing into the sea; and the mystic colors of the aurora. An index provides details on specific camera equipment and information about each photograph. 11x12.25<">. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780792237143
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 10/1/1996
  • Pages: 224
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.11 (w) x 10.85 (h) x 0.71 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2000

    magnificiant photos

    I assume every people who share this globe must see these and understand what beauty we share and have to care this beauty for our children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2000

    Great Space Photography!

    This is the greatest collection of space photos I've seen yet. I would recommend buying it online- at the store, it costs much more (though, I must say, it is still worth the price). a must for any astronomy fan!

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