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By Peter Bond

This ebook recounts the epic saga of the way we as humans have come to appreciate the sun procedure. the tale of our exploration of the heavens, Peter Bond reminds us, started hundreds of thousands of years in the past, with the naked-eye observations of the earliest scientists and philosophers. Over the centuries, as our wisdom and knowing inexorably broadened and deepened, we faltered time and again, usually worked less than misconceptions, and confronted doubtless insurmountable stumbling blocks to knowing. but, regardless of overwhelming hindrances, a mixture of decided observers, magnificent thinkers, brave explorers, scientists and engineers has introduced us, rather over the past 5 a long time, right into a moment nice age of human discovery.

At our current point of knowing, a few fifty years into the gap Age, the sheer quantity of pictures and different facts being again to us from house has purely elevated our urge for food for increasingly more distinct information regarding the planets, moons, asteroids, and comets of the sun procedure. Taking a much-needed evaluation of ways we now comprehend those "distant worlds" in our cosmic local, Bond not just celebrates the extreme successes of planetary exploration, yet reaffirms an enormous fact: For seekers of information, there'll constantly be extra to explore.

An incredible saga of exploration…

In this much-needed review of "where we stand today," Peter Bond describes the achievements of the astronomers, area scientists, and engineers who've made the exploration of our sun process attainable. A sincerely written and compelling account of the distance Age, the publication includes:

• Dramatic money owed of the bold, resourcefulness, and ferocious aggressive zeal of popular in addition to almost-forgotten area pioneers.

• transparent reasons of the precursors to fashionable astronomy, together with how historical ordinary philosophers and observers first took the degree of the heavens.

• greater than 100 informative pictures, maps, simulated situations, and technical illustrations--many of them in complete color.

• Information-dense appendices at the actual homes of our sun approach, in addition to a accomplished checklist of fifty years of sun approach missions.

Organized into twelve chapters concerned about the items of our exploration (the person planets, our Moon, the asteroids and comets), Bond’s textual content exhibits how the nice human company of house exploration might infrequently have faltered or wandered off the trail, yet taken as an entire quantities to at least one of the nice triumphs of human civilization.

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