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Lights of Mankind: The Earth at Night as Seen from Space 0th Edition

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ISBN-10: 0762777559
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“Earthbound folks rarely get the chance to see how the planet's city lights glow from space. Several years ago, however, author L. Douglas Keeney noticed pictures being tweeted by astronauts on the International Space Station. The clear images of Earth's city lights were made possible by new camera technology that was able to shoot high-resolution photos even as the station moved at a rapid 17,500 miles an hour some 240 miles above Earth's surface. Keeney then got to work, pouring through more than 300,000 unmarked NASA photo, choosing 400 of the best images for his book the Lights of Mankind: The Earth at Night as Seen from Space.” —BusinessInsider.com  

“A new book collects images that offer a different look at the Earth from space, when sunlight is replaced by the lights of human civilization. Lights of Mankind provides a sampling of some of the best such nighttime imagery from six continents. Many cities are visible in sharp detail, revealing their network of roads and patterns of development, from grids to hubs-and spokes to more irregular patterns, that are much harder to see during the day. Keeney matches the images with brief captions describing the images and including in many cases capsule histories of those cities. Included in the book are several essays from astronauts who have flown on the ISS, providing their views of what it was like to view, and photograph, the Earth at night.” —Space Review

“Imagining what Earth must look like from orbit leaves me almost breathless. And I had that feeling after looking through the amazing images in Lights of Mankind: The Earth at Night as Seen from Space.” —Kim D. Kolarik, The Courier-Journal (Louisville)


The books’s Earth-at-night photography as reviewed by the media:


“Stunning images.” —New York Daily News


"Earthlings are seeing their planet in a whole new light, thanks to NASA and its astronauts aboard the Internet-wired space station. They're beaming down dazzling images and guess-this-mystery-location photos via Twitter and have even launched a game. Landlubbers the world over are eating it up. From schoolchildren to grown-up business entrepreneurs and artists, the public is captivated and can't seem to get enough."  —Huffington Post


“Photos and thoughts beamed down from the International Space Station via Twitter are raising goose bumps across the planet.” —Daily Telegram

"For decades people have found themselves transixed by photos of Earth from space, enjoying a switch in perspective that stimulates the mind and awakens a sense of mystery."  —The Telegram




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Lights of Mankind is the story of how we’ve populated our planet as told through inspiring, panoramic photographs of Earth at night, images made possible by the latest light-sensitive cameras and the newly installed Cupola observation module on the International Space Station. These photos, taken by astronauts from the largest window ever used in space, have already awed hundreds of thousands of people.

The images, of course, beg explanation. Why did human beings settle here and not there? How is this glittering planet powered? The photographs tell a story of agriculture, geography, wars, disease, food supply, water supply, politics, and power supply. The uncertain sprawl of Southern California. The Nile River as it snakes toward the Mediterranean. The gridlike pattern of lights that writes the history of the American Midwest. This is the “unintended artwork of human habitation,” as author Keeney writes, artwork we now see first-hand, the first ever photographic portrait of Earth at night.

A trip into space is one of the rarest of human experiences, and this book includes first-person perspectives by the astronauts themselves—Don Pettit, Douglas Wheelock, Mario Runco Jr., Clayton “Clay” Anderson, and Sandra Magnus. What was it like? Their disarmingly honest answers help give us a feel of the human experience in space.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press (December 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762777559
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762777556
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 11.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,370,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Finally, We can see the patterns of lights at night on earth's greatest cities, nations and waterways like the astronauts have! It seems as though the whole world is laid out in magic , twinkling lights in this book, not just the one or two classic shots we all have come to know and love from space travel views of our "Blue Planet". This book would be fun for all ages, but where prior generations studied only maps or maps with relief, now children will see the shapes of exotic , far away places reflect the maps they have studied. One astronaut in the book is quoted as saying: "The Earth at night is a masterpiece of light and motion." With this book, now we can experience this, too. I LOVE IT !
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I have never seen a book quite like this one before. When I opened this book, I was astonished to see the pictures which were taken from outer space. It was amazing to see photos of numerous cities around the world at night. The night lights brighten up the cities like Christmas trees! I'm surprised that this item is no longer in publication. This book is one item I will keep for a long time. I love it!
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This is a really cool book. The views of Earth at night from space are beautiful, and are paired with daytime views and written descriptions so you can pick out points of interest. I leave it around where people can find it, and they inevitably do -- picking out part of the world they're interested in and getting lost in the images. It has started several fascinating conversations. I'm someone who loves maps, and this book is like adding a new layer of understanding of geography. Plus, it's just plain beautiful.
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"Of all the planets in the solar system, Earth is the only one that turns into a glittering ball of light at night. Seventeen billion megawatt hours of electricity a year broadcast our presence for all the Universe to see. We radiate energy and sparkle brilliantly, the electric planet."

The above comes from the beginning of this fascinating book--the first of its kind--by L. Douglass Keeney. Keeney is an author of American history.

The night photographs in this book include almost all the major cities of the world. All continents were photographed at night with the exception of Antarctica. There are more than 400 images in this book.

Where were these amazing night photographs taken from? As the title of this review indicates, at a distance of over 200 miles above the Earth on the International Space Station (ISS).

The last two chapters of this book are fun. They are entitled "The unintentional artwork of man" and "Seven wonders of the night time world."

The photograph on this book's cover (displayed above by Amazon) is a night time image of Cairo and the Nile (in Egypt). As the author tells us in the text that accompanies this photo:

"Downtown Cairo...is at the base of the 'V' that is the Nile River delta. The port of Alexandria is the bright strip of light at the left of the delta."

There is an excellent text that accompanies the stunning photos. It is brief but well-written.

Included in the chapters of this book are the thoughts and impressions of five NASA astronauts who took some of these night photographs. The question they answered was "What was it like?
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