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I originally planned to read only a few chapters in this book but was sucked in by
the story and the quality of the writing. Read more
I'm a bit divided.
When I read the first part of the book I was very enthusiastic, learning about the people behind the first spacecraft. Read more
what little history is contained in this book is diluted by author's annoyinglu folksy style of writing including poor grammar. It sounds like you're talking with Gomer Pyle. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Col William Russell (ret)
I have always been fascinated by unmanned exploration of the solar system--I kept massive scrapbooks of all the newspaper stories about the Viking and Pioneer missions in the... Read morePublished on August 15, 2012 by Rick A. Ramsey
As a science writer, I read a lot of books on the subject of space exploration. I must say that Jay's book, Ambassadors from Earth, is hands-down my favorite in its class. Read morePublished on July 11, 2012 by Michael W Carroll
I was very sorry to discover that this book is practically unreadable due to the extremely flowery, inflated, duracell-bunny-like prose. Read morePublished on November 5, 2011 by Soren Dalsgaard
Gallentine emphasizes the human foundation of unmanned spaceflight. Appropriately the book mixes tragedy and comedy. Read morePublished on September 6, 2010 by Erik J. Galicki
Much as I admire Roger Launius's work, I have to take small issue with his criticism of this. To my mind, the informality Jay Gallentine brought to "Ambassadors from Earth" only... Read morePublished on August 10, 2010 by David Clow
Contrary to the reverence accorded the astronauts as space explorers, the wide majority of exploration of the solar system has been done by small, ingenious, little-known robots... Read morePublished on May 8, 2010 by Roger D. Launius