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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.
Moon Hunters 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
I've long been a fan of NASA's manned spaceflight missions but I've always neglected their planetary probe programs. Read morePublished on September 8, 2013 by Terrell Miller
This was a pretty easy read about the history of Jet Propulsion Laboratory, especially the unmanned missions to the different moons in the solar system. Read morePublished on November 6, 2011 by Brian Laskey
The writer often uses too many adjectives. The book is however full of interesting tidbits of information about the science returned from voyager etc. Read morePublished on May 2, 2004 by Kaushik Ghose