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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (November 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476738327
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476738321
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 1.3 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,013 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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[Infinite Worlds is] an unparalleled love letter to the Space Shuttle era of NASA. Photographer Michael Soluri’s intimate images capture the bravery, the humanity, the hopes, dreams, trials and tribulations of all those involved. This marvelous body of work and the book's poignant essays serve to humanize the sometimes-inaccessible, unreachable and unrelatable world of space flight. And, of course, looking at photos of space stuff is always just really, really cool. (Denver Post)

About the Author

Michael Soluri is a New York City-based photographer and author. His photography has appeared in Time, Discover, and Wired UK as well as numerous other US, European, and Brazilian publications. He is the coauthor and picture editor of What’s Out There: Images from Here to the Edge of the Universe and Cosmos: Images from Here to the Edge of the Universe, each published in nine languages. Visit him at MichaelSoluri.com.

As part of the Mercury Seven, John H. Glenn became one of America's first astronauts.

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The personal stories are fantastic.
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Great coffee table book with gorgeous photos.
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A labor of love, passion, and emotion.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By GF, New York, NY on December 22, 2014
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The Kindle edition of this book is deeply flawed and the publisher (and/Amazon) should issue an update for those (like me) unfortunate enough to have purchased it. Even when reading this in the Kindle app on a full-sized iPad, in many areas the text is cut off on the rightmost margin (and none of the font or spacing settings help). In other areas, dozens of photos actually overlay the text of the book. And, unlike in the hard copy, there are no captions on most of the photographs. All in all, a pretty poor e-book product from a major publisher, and a deeply frustrating Kindle offering that shouldn't have been released in this form.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Edward Rezac on November 24, 2014
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I am admittedly biased in my love and appreciation for this work, having lived the story. I am, however, overwhelmed by the sights, the sounds, and the memories each time I revisit the historic effort portrayed in these pages. Much like the Hubble time machine, “Infinite Worlds” captures the energy of the moment and presents the wonder and the beauty of what was born of it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John O'Meara on November 17, 2014
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Truly an amazing collection of stories and images telling the story of SM4, the last servicing mission to HST. The photographer does a brilliant job of reminding os that it's a team of dedicated professionals that make HST go and bring us some of the best science in the world. A wonderful piece of work.
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I want to introduce you to photographer and author Michael Soluri. Michael has written a new book called "Infinite Worlds," that chronicles the astronauts and shuttle workforce as they prep for the last Hubble servicing mission through pictures and the words of the actual people involved. Michael spent three years at the various space centers documenting the effort and got to know many of the people well. He would make a wonderful guest describing the efforts that went into preparing the mission and the people involved.

You can also find his interview on MSNBC at http://www.msnbc.com/the-cycle/watch/why-space-explorers-take-the-risk-352522819575

Michael honored me with the opportunity to contribute a 4 page essay to the book about my day to day activities at KSC, called "Only Time Will Tell." There are 17 others essays written by the astronauts, engineers, and scientists involved. The insights given are outstanding.
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Truth in advertising - I contributed one of the eighteen essays published in Michael Soluri's beautiful book. It was a huge honor to be invited to be a part of it. That said, having lived through the trials and triumphs of Hubble's final servicing mission, I was a bit surprised about how effectively Soluri's visual narrative swept even me along - it is thrilling and breathtaking. I purchased multiple copies to send out as gifts to friends and family members all over the country. The responses I received back from them were uniformly glowing. Some of their descriptions were, "An exquisite gift," "Such a beautiful book," "So cool," "What a great book!" and "Wow, what a beautiful book! And what an interesting approach to telling the story." It's a compelling story of human achievement the likes of which we may not see again for a long time and so well told!
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By Lynda on January 9, 2015
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We ordered this because my husband worked on the Hubble and its servicing missions for 24 years. He knew all of the people interviewed and we were excited to see he was even mentioned in it and even found a small picture of him. This technical book is really geared toward people who really knew Hubble, its history and its workings. Some awesome Hubble pictures, as well. If you are a space buff, it's a great book to add to your collection.
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