Voyager: Seeking Newer Worlds in the Third Great Age of Discovery [NOOK Book]

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"Blooms with such glorious rushes of exalted prose that I was dog- earing almost every page." --The New York Times Book Review

As debate over the future of NASA heats up, award-winning author Stephen J. Pyne presents America's greatest space expeditions as the latest chapter in a continuous saga of discovery that goes back centuries. Pyne's luminous narrative not only recounts the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 missions, launched in 1977 to explore ...
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Voyager: Seeking Newer Worlds in the Third Great Age of Discovery

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Overview

"Blooms with such glorious rushes of exalted prose that I was dog- earing almost every page." --The New York Times Book Review

As debate over the future of NASA heats up, award-winning author Stephen J. Pyne presents America's greatest space expeditions as the latest chapter in a continuous saga of discovery that goes back centuries. Pyne's luminous narrative not only recounts the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 missions, launched in 1977 to explore the outer planets, but also fixes their place in Western civilization's urge to explore-an impulse that links NASA's scientists with Magellan, Columbus, Cook, Lewis and Clark, and other intrepid seekers through the ages. Pyne's eye-opening look at what he calls the third age of discovery "reminds readers of the rich cultural history that underlies humankind's exploration of the cosmos" (Science News).


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Editorial Reviews

Dennis Overbye
…a rich mix of history, science and fine writing…This book blooms with such glorious rushes of exalted prose that I was dog-earing almost every page until I gave up.
—The New York Times
Publishers Weekly
“The saga of the Voyagers’ trek is carrying the inherited narrative of exploration to its outer limits,” writes environmental historian Pyne (How the Canyon Became Grand). By looking at the mission of Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 and comparing it with past voyages of discovery on Earth, Pyne offers a unique and engrossing history of the Western world’s love affair with such journeys. The two space probes were launched on a “Grand Tour” of space in 1977; both are still traveling and returning data to Earth, with Voyager 2 leaving the solar system. Pyne calls the Voyager mission the hallmark of a “Third Great Age of Discovery,” similar to ambitious seagoing expeditions in the 16th and 18th centuries. As with those earlier journeys, Voyager was motivated by a mix of desires: military, political, economic, and a love of pure discovery. By narrating both the Voyagers and past voyages—such as Henry the Navigator’s—Pyne captures the Western passion for exploration and the lure of the unknown, while relating the fascinating story of two fragile spacecraft continuing after three decades their brave quest across space and time. Illus. (July 26)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101190296
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 7/22/2010
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 1,222,689
  • File size: 894 KB

Meet the Author

Stephen J. Pyne is a professor of history at Arizona State University, a MacArthur Foundation Fellow, and winner of the 1995 Los Angeles Times Robert Kirsch Award for Arts and Letters. His book The Ice was named one of The New York Times Book Review's 10 Best Books of the Year. His eleven groundbreaking books include the five-volume Cycle of Fire. He lives in Glendale, Arizona.
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  • Posted January 13, 2012

    Fascinating account even if flawed in the telling.

    I am disappointed in the pictures; I thought I would see many more wondrous images than the handful included. I am not really interested in the comparisons to earthly explorations and discoveries of bygone eras. I don't care for the author's somewhat pompous style of writing. Yet for all the shortcomings, the story of the two Voyagers is hard to put down and kept me in awe and suspense.

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  • Posted November 1, 2011

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    Excellent book -- Wrong Title

    This book tells the story of the NASA/JPL Voyager Mission from it's beginning until some point in both craft's trips to the heliosheath. It would be equally valid to say that this book is about the history of exploration from Henry the Navigator to the present with special emphasis on the NASA/JPL Voyager mission. For that reason a person could complain that it makes too much reference to that history.(Next paragraph.)
    I was pleased with the blend of both stories. There are also plenty of references to other works, if a person wants more detail.

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