Visions of the Interplanetary Probes

Book - 2003
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Baker & Taylor
Presents photographs from the history of robotic space exploration, providing a visual narrative of the solar system's planets, moons, and asteroids.

Book News
Presenting photographs from the history of robotic space exploration, this oversized book provides an awe-inspiring visual narrative of the solar system's planets, moons, and asteroids. From the vantage point of unmanned explorers, the book shows Venus' veil of clouds lifted by Magellan's high-resolution radar; Mars as viewed by the Viking orbiters of the 1970s; and unambiguous signs of life on Earth revealed by Galileo's flybys en route to Jupiter. The striking high-resolution images form a body of art created in equal parts by scientists, by the probes themselves, and by the curator Michael Benson. Benson (a writer, filmmaker, and photographer) includes 295 color and black-and-white photographs, and essays explaining the stories behind the photos, and how and why the probes were built. The book includes a forward by novelist Arthur C. Clarke. Annotation (c) Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Blackwell North Amer
Since 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 ever bit as compelling as the work of the great landscape photographers on earth; the second is a series of 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.

Publisher: New York : H.N. Abrams, c2003
ISBN: 9780810945319
Branch Call Number: 778.35 BEN
Characteristics: 319 p. : chiefly ill. (some col.) ; 30 cm


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