Planetfall: New Solar System Visions (Hardcover)
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Thanks to the photographic output of a small squadron of interplanetary spacecraft, we have awakened to the beauty and splendor of the solar system. Since Michael Benson's masterful book Beyond: Visions of the Interplanetary Probes, new, more powerful cameras in probes with greatly improved maneuverability have traversed the wheeling satellites of Jupiter; roamed the boulder-strewn red deserts of Mars; studied Saturn's immaculate rings; and shown us our own ravishing Earth, a blue-white orb with a disturbingly thin atmosphere, as it plunges deeper into ecological crisis. These new images are the subject of Benson's Planetfall, a truly revelatory book that uses its large page size to reproduce the greatest achievements in contemporary planetary photography as never before. Praise for Planetfall "All retrospectives, art and otherwise, should shock us awake the way this one does . . . Planetfall is a book of science through and through, but it also deepens our sense of the miracle and the mystery of the universe, of our eye-blink lives." --The New York Times "This is the way I like to tour the solar system. Find a chair. Sit. Turn some pages. Gaze. Wonder." --NPR.com "Beautiful interplanetary images." --MSNBC.com "Beautiful visions of what's out there." --The Huffington Post "To encounter a Benson landscape is to be in awe of not only how he sees the universe, but also the ways in which he composes the never-ending celestial ballet." --Time.com
About the Author
Michael Benson, a writer, filmmaker, and photographer, is widely recognized as one of the world's leading authorities on astronomical imagery. His book Far Out: A Space-Time Chronicle was heralded in the New York Times as an extraordinary achievement: "If you don't have your own Hubble Space Telescope, this book is the next best thing." He lives in New York City.