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"These images are a spectacular reaffirmation that we are
privileged to live in the greatest age of exploration the world has ever
known."-From Arthur C. Clarke's foreword

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 every
bit as compelling as the work of the great landscape photographers on
earth; the second is a series of beautifully written 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.


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Reviews for Beyond: Visions Of The Interplanetary Probes:

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May 11, 2017

A fabulous look at our solar system. If only the author hadn't felt the need to bash the Bible...
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Jun 22, 2011

The photos from our solar system probes are striking and rendered with their usual care by Abrams. The text is adequate and not quite always for younger readers.
Don't expect photos of all planetary moons.

Still, on the balance a very useful book that will inspire further exploration.
3

Jan 18, 2018

Beyond: A Solar System Voyage is a great non-fiction book filled with amazing pictures taken by space probes throughout history. The introduction and the first chapter on the history of space exploration was very interesting. After that, I was very confused by the order of the chapters. I assumed it must be depending on the timeline of robotic space exploration, but it was not based on that at all. So, it was a little hard for me to follow it as a whole book. But it was nice to read in bits and Beyond: A Solar System Voyage is a great non-fiction book filled with amazing pictures taken by space probes throughout history. The introduction and the first chapter on the history of space exploration was very interesting. After that, I was very confused by the order of the chapters. I assumed it must be depending on the timeline of robotic space exploration, but it was not based on that at all. So, it was a little hard for me to follow it as a whole book. But it was nice to read in bits and pieces. My mom says it makes a great “coffee table book” because of its great pictures. I really liked the pictures – they are all very good quality, and show images of the planets and moons that I have never seen before in my other books on the solar system. I especially liked the chapter on asteroids, which had a lot of informative pictures. Asteroids is usually a topic that is not included in such detail in other books. The text of the book is not very informative. It speaks in an informal way, and does not have too many scientific facts about each planet or moon. But it does a great job of describing what each space probe did.
What I really enjoyed about this book is that each image has the name of the probe that took the picture along with the date on which it took the picture. That was good to see. I learned about a lot of robotic spacecraft that I had not heard of before.
A very different thing about this book are the inside pages of the front and back hardcovers. The inside of the front hardcover has a great illustration of the solar system. And the inside of the back hardcover has great pictures of space probes in a timeline format. This really put things in a visually understandable format for me.
Overall, I would say that this book is great for anyone who wants to read about robotic space exploration and wants a book with great pictures. It would not be a good selection if you want a lot of information on the planets or moons themselves. It is also not a book that can be read by someone who is new to the topic of solar system and astronomy. You would need to have basic knowledge of all this before you read this book.
I would recommend this book for anyone from 10 years to adult.
I gave this book 3 stars, because it does not have an understandable format to the book chapters, has mainly pictures and not much facts related to the planets and moons being pictured. It is great to read about the timeline of robotic space exploration though. I felt the title did not immediately tell me that it was mainly about that.
Dhruv K., 8, North Texas Mensa ...more
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Sep 22, 2017

I thought this book provided a great overview of all the planets in our solar system, as well as our moon and asteroids. I liked hearing about the history of human's view of the heavens throughout history. The images were meticulously picked out and the text was quite in-depth for the planets. It was cool to find out things like the word "planet" is "wanderer" in Ancient Greek or the surface temperature of Mars. It's definitely interesting to find out how long each planet's year takes, if it has I thought this book provided a great overview of all the planets in our solar system, as well as our moon and asteroids. I liked hearing about the history of human's view of the heavens throughout history. The images were meticulously picked out and the text was quite in-depth for the planets. It was cool to find out things like the word "planet" is "wanderer" in Ancient Greek or the surface temperature of Mars. It's definitely interesting to find out how long each planet's year takes, if it has seasons, or how similar it is to Earth. I wish we knew more about other life forms in the universe, but it was satisfying to know which moons and planets would most likely be able to sustain life. It was a quick and interesting read, and I recommend it to curious astronomers. ...more
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Oct 02, 2011

Amazing pictures of objects in the Solar System, from the Nasa archives. This
is more of a picture book, really. It's more like I'm lazily looking through it
than actual reading.

I read about this book, and the
matching exposition
in an article in the New York Times. The pictures on the website were
breath-taking, so I ordered the book. Some of them are pictures of the Earth
taken from orbit, kinda like those of
@Astro_Soichi on Twitter.
Others are from other planets and moons, taken by space probes, Amazing pictures of objects in the Solar System, from the Nasa archives. This
is more of a picture book, really. It's more like I'm lazily looking through it
than actual reading.

I read about this book, and the
matching exposition
in an article in the New York Times. The pictures on the website were
breath-taking, so I ordered the book. Some of them are pictures of the Earth
taken from orbit, kinda like those of
@Astro_Soichi on Twitter.
Others are from other planets and moons, taken by space probes, some with false
color. The writer worked with astronomers and astroscientists to ensure his
false coloring was as close as possible to reality.
...more
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Mar 28, 2010

Cool photos of the planets. However, I felt like the author had a chip on his shoulder he was trying to exorcise in the text.

The book is meant for young readers but the author spends an undue amount of time explaining his editorial/writing choices.

Presumably this is a simplified version of his adult book, Beyond, from 6 years previous. That would explain why some of the vocabulary seems advanced. The glossary is pretty minimal compared to the number of scientific words throughout the text.

Cool photos of the planets. However, I felt like the author had a chip on his shoulder he was trying to exorcise in the text.

The book is meant for young readers but the author spends an undue amount of time explaining his editorial/writing choices.

Presumably this is a simplified version of his adult book, Beyond, from 6 years previous. That would explain why some of the vocabulary seems advanced. The glossary is pretty minimal compared to the number of scientific words throughout the text.

Decent overall though. Looking forward to checking out some of the reference websites listed in the back. ...more
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Jul 25, 2011

A fascinating book about the solar system that is light on words but good with pictures. And what pictures, taken from imagery provided by the various space probes and 'modified' to present images that might be what the human eye would see.

Consider the book as a pictorial summary of what we currently know about the solar system. I look forward to an update to the book when the newest bunch of space probes have visited the planets under represented in this book and returned yet more stunning and A fascinating book about the solar system that is light on words but good with pictures. And what pictures, taken from imagery provided by the various space probes and 'modified' to present images that might be what the human eye would see.

Consider the book as a pictorial summary of what we currently know about the solar system. I look forward to an update to the book when the newest bunch of space probes have visited the planets under represented in this book and returned yet more stunning and mysterious images: Uranus, Neptune and the dwarf planet Pluto. ...more
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Mar 29, 2013

295 pictures of the solar system, taken by probes over the decades. The photography is stunning, and the images are far more detailed the those usually seen through telescopes. And even more; the printing is superb, making the images almost jump to life off the page. The pictures of Jupiter with its moons Io and Europa are amazing, as are the images of Neptune. I have never seen planetary photography this realistic and detailed.
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Jul 29, 2011

As Michael Benson states, "I strongly believe the remarkable photographic legacy of these space missions constitutes a valuable chapter in the history of photography as much as it belongs to astronomy or the planetary sciences." This book is his successful contribution to all of the above mentioned legacies! It's an excellent book for people any age to learn about the solar system and the visuals are the best I have ever seen. Strongly recommended!
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Nov 15, 2007

i keep this book on my coffee table for my kids. we look at it from time to time. it's nice to know that my kids could tell the difference between a volcano and a crater by the age of three. science is beautiful. throughout the history of western thought it has been our struggle to understand the heavens that has propelled our understanding of humanity forward. and i intend to instill that sense of wonder very deeply in my children.
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Sep 06, 2013

How can a book filled with some of the most amazing pictures ever taken be anything less than five stars? This book gave me a new appreciation of the solar system, boggled my mind, taught me many things I never knew but probably should have, gave me an appreciation for some of humanity's greatest achievements, and made me realize (as Arthur C. Clarke points out in the intro) that we have travelled in space much more than we think we have.
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Dec 30, 2009

Stunning photos from years of space probes show the planets up close and personal. Text is informative, if occasionally dry. Great resource for planet reports and the brilliant photos will hook browsers.

Read full review on my blog:
http://abbylibrarian.blogspot.com/200...
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Apr 19, 2010

Seriously amazing photos of the planets, some of their moons, asteroids, and the sun. Very cool.

Not to be confused with his more recent book, Beyond: A Solar System Voyage, which is meant for younger readers.

Regardless of age, I think I'd still pick this one. It has loads more photos and enjoyable foreword & afterwords by Arthur C. Clarke and Lawrence Weschler, respectively.
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May 29, 2010

This one really didn't do much for me. The pictures are beautiful, but the text was kind of haphazard and boring. Still, some kids may find it interesting, I suppose. It does have some good facts mixed in.
4

Jul 30, 2011

Absolutely beautiful book filled with clear and detailed images taken in the last 40 years from space probes. It's just as much of an art book as it is a science book.
5

Jan 07, 2011

The photos are stunning, it fuels my imagination, and inspires me. I originally borrowed it from the library, but liked it so much, I bought it.

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