The Interstellar Age: Inside the Forty-Year Voyager Mission Kindle Edition
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“Comprehensive and engrossing...charming.”—The Wall Street Journal
“Is there any intelligent life out there in the cosmos? And if so, are they into Chuck Berry? Thanks to the Voyager space probes, launched in 1977, we may find out.”—New York Post
“Part memoir, part anecdotal history and part sermon on the delights of science, The Interstellar Age is a captivating read.”—Nature
“A lucid account of the magnificent scientific accomplishments of the Voyager Missions with a cheerfulness that it deserves.”—Publishers Weekly
“A highly enjoyable read for anyone with an interest in popular science.”—Library Journal
“In The Interstellar Age Professor Jim Bell celebrates Voyager—NASA's most famous space probe. In this task, Bell not only shines as a leading planetary scientist, you get the sneaky feeling he knew the probe personally, serving in this case as Voyager's personal biographer to the benefit of us all.”—Neil deGrasse Tyson, Astrophysicist, host of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, author of Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier
“Come along with Dr. Bell on an extraordinary adventure....These voyages changed what we know of the cosmos and our place within it. Jim Bell’s story will change you, too.”—Bill Nye, CEO, the Planetary Society
“The Interstellar Age is dawning and this book recounts the saga of humanity’s greatest solar system exploration on the way out. Part scientific autobiography, part top-notch science writing, Jim Bell’s book is a welcome addition to the history of the Voyager Missions.”—Jon Lomberg, space artist, science journalist, and co-creator of the Voyager Interstellar Record
“Now that Voyager 1 has passed beyond the veil of the helioshere and plunged into interstellar space, Jim Bell takes up the narrative of what that mission has meant and makes his personal relationship, which dates from his days as a student, stand for the near-universal bond most of us feel. A timely, humane, and informative read.”—Stephen Pyne, historian, and author of Voyager: Seeking New Worlds in the Third Great Age of Exploration
“The space mission that turned points of light into worlds...the Grandest Tour...Voyager...Live the incredible adventure in Jim Bell's personal yet sweeping and comprehensive account, the story of one of the greatest explorations in history and the extraordinary people who made it happen.”— Andrew Chaikin, author of A Man on the Moon and A Passion for Mars
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“Postcards From Mars is a masterpiece. It promises the future for all of us.”—Ray Bradbury, author of The Martian Chronicles and Fahrenheit 451
“Jim Bell has put together a beautiful, inspiring, and powerful book.”—Dr. Buzz Aldrin, one of the two astronauts aboard the Apollo 11 lunar module, the first manned mission to land on the Moon
About the Author
- ASIN : B00L9AXW4G
- Publisher : Dutton (February 24, 2015)
- Publication date : February 24, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 9209 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 324 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #771,523 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The Voyager space craft were launched in the late 1970s and visited Jupiter and Saturn in the early and mid-1980s and Uranus and Neptune later in the decade. These were the space craft that viewed the moons, Titan and Europa up close, for the first time, and travelled close to the magnificent rings of Saturn for the first time. Uranus and Neptune were then visited for the first time also - all the time taking magnificent pictures of these planets and moons.
The trips of these robotic space travellers opened up the eyes of mankind to the vastness of space and they are continuing their job as they leave the solar system and become interstellar travellers. Soon, we will not be able to hear from them, but they will continue to travel around the Galaxy for many years to come.
These are mankind's successful interstellar travellers.
I recently saw a PBS documentary where the author was interviewed and wanted to check out this book as a result. I am very glad I did. This is a history, but it isn't written in a straightforward fashion with the beginning of the program and culminating in what exactly since the problem is Voyager is still a viable operating program ( and recently the JPL - Jet Propulsion Laboratory - fired up thrusters that hadn't been activated in 37 years and corrected a slight deviation in attitude for this amazing machine) so there isn't an end with splashdown. But I love how the author did this and the narrative is so well done I read the whole thing through.
Fascinating stuff. What is amazing is how the technology of 1975 essentially is out there and still produced a viable machine. Let that sink in that the program was able to proceed being able to fly-by planets like Jupiter and Neptune using a rare line-up of planets using low band technology that still has provided tremendous photographs and images, and it in a void of space beyond our system,
Amazing stuff herein. Well worth reading.
All in all, the book is interesting, easily readable, and packed with a lot of great material about the Voyager program. But this is not a book which is just about Voyager - rather, it is a book about this program through the eyes of the author and there is a lot of autobiographical material contained within the book. At time, I hoped there could be some more detail about what the Voyagers actually saw when they visited the planets. It also felt like there was a great deal of material on the moons of the planets at the expense of the planetary material itself.
I'm not sure if there are other good books about the Voyager program out there, so this is a good option if you want to learn about the program. Despite the less than optimal coverage of the mission and perhaps over-reliance on the author's personal experiences, the book is worth the read.
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Voyager è probabilmente uno degli esperimenti scientifici meglio progettati e riusciti della storia e che ancora oggi non smette di fornirci risultati unici.
Raccomando il libro a chi è appassionato di spazio ma più in generale a chiunque voglia comprendere a fondo il contesto e gli ideali che hanno guidato questa missione e soprattutto L e persone che hanno reso possibile tutto questo.