"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).
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.