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From the reviews:
“Robotic Exploration of the Solar System Part 2 Hiatus and Renewal 1983-1989 is the second book in this comprehensive series describing planetary (and interplanetary) space missions. It’s a hefty 535 pages packed with information. … The book describes all the missions in great detail from earliest proposals to last signal. … The illustrations complement the text very well. … All in all an outstanding book … .” (Jim Davis, Amazon, March, 2011)
“In this thick, heavy tome, Mr. Harland and co-author Paolo Ulivi turn their exceptional narrative skills, technical knowledge and attention to detail to the story of American, Soviet and European unmanned planetary missions … . the presentation of the material is outstanding. … I never found this volume to be at all boring. About 250 illustrations perfectly complement the text … and all of them clearly and usefully captioned. If you want to know something about unmanned planetary exploration, this is the book for you.” (Terry Sunday, Amazon, August, 2011)
“This is the second volume of a three-book series chronicling solar system exploration from the dawn of the space age to the present. The authors describe not only the missions themselves but also their design, management, and instrumentation and the political backdrop to the selection and execution of these missions … . the book covers two of the big successes of the period in question, the Magellan and Galileo missions. … an excellent book and an excellent series.” (Liftoff, Issue 260, November-December, 2010)