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Why explore the satellites of other planets when the planets themselves remain mysterious? Kluger describes astronomers' first realization that in contrast to the lifeless gas giant Jupiter, its moons were a veritable scientific playground:
There were big moons and small moons, patterned moons and plain moons, brightly colored moons and pasty-pale moons.... There were moons that could have atmospheres, water, and even, perhaps, a spark of internal heat. Put them together, and you had moons that could, in theory, harbor life.
Journey Beyond Selene chronicles the history of a little-understood aspect of humanity's quest to discover new worlds. From the early Ranger orbiters through the incredible journeys of Voyager and Galileo, Kluger gives credit where credit is long overdue. They may not be astronauts, but these space jockeys have the right stuff. --Therese Littleton
Journey beyond Selene, like one of the reviewer has said, is a engaging, anecdote filled book. Overall its a very good book to read. Read morePublished on May 6, 2011 by Avinash R. Parnandi
I agree with the other positive reviews placed here as of this date; I disagree completely with the Pittsburgh reviewer who panned the book. Read morePublished on March 20, 2001 by Donn Weinberg
A wonderful book on the history of space exploration. Kluger concentrates mainly on the initial efforts to reach the moon with unmanned craft, but has good sections on one of the... Read morePublished on July 27, 2000 by John Rummel