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Planetfall: New Solar System Visions

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Publisher Comments:

In Far Out: A Space-Time Chronicle, author and filmmaker Michael Benson assembles an outstanding collection of astronomical images from observatories around the world and in space. We live in a golden age of astronomical observation. Some of the resulting images are well known and have inspired millions of people; others, equally breathtaking, have never been published before. For this book, Benson has culled the very best, and organized them into a thrilling journey through space and time to the universe's great places, ranging from "nearby" nebulae in our own Milky Way galaxy to the light of the Hubble Deep Field that has traveled billions of light-years.
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Every bit as innovative and beautiful as the author's successful Beyond: Visions of the Interplanetary Probes but far grander in conception, Far Out is an inspiring work of art and science on the cutting edge of human perception.

A Guide to the Cosmos, in Words and Images Dazzling and True andshy;and#8211;New York Times Book Review

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[With Far Out] Take a good long look into space-time. and#8211;Los Angeles Times

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Far out by Michael Benson proves that putting the photographable universe into a book doesnand#8217;t dampen its beauty. and#8211; Menand#8217;s Journal

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An exquisite picture book of outer space. and#8211;San Diego Union Tribune

and#160;and#8220;2001: A Space Odyssey and Far Out: A Space-Time Chronicle: both are inspirational moving pictures. Far Out punches deep into space, like a series of jump cuts. It is a truly cinematic experience to see these magnificent images in rapid succession. Like the Star-Child in Stanley Kubrickand#8217;s vision of a Mankind evolving to a higher level, Far Out inspires me again to imagine a Universe filled with life, and each of those billions of pinpoints being orbited by worlds and beings of breathtaking beauty. Very moving pictures.and#8221;

and#8212;Douglas Trumbull, Oscar-winning Visual Effects Supervisor, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Blade Runner, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Star Trek, The Motion Picture

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and#8220;The inventive, imaginative Michael Benson here unfolds the universe in its multiple dimensions.and#8221;

and#8212;Dava Sobel, author of Longitude, Galileoand#8217;s Daughter, and The Planets

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and#8220;That the images in Michael Bensonand#8217;s latest book, Far Out, are completely mind-blowing goes without saying. Whatand#8217;s especially dazzling about this volume, though, is the way Bensonand#8217;s text takes the shards of those blown minds and completely reconfigures them into such a startlingly new and fresh awareness: a trembling awe all its own.and#8221;

and#8212;Lawrence Weschler, author of Everything That Rises and Seeing Is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees

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and#8220;First he gave us the beauty of our solar systemand#8217;s neighbor worlds in Beyond: Visions of the Interplanetary Probes, but Michael Benson hasnand#8217;t stopped there. In this spectacular new offering he gives us the universe itself, presented in such stunning and vivid detail that I am awed by every page. Open this book, take the journey, and be amazed.and#8221;

and#8212;Andrew Chaikin, author of A Man on the Moon and A Passion for Mars

Synopsis:

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 Bensonandrsquo;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 Saturnandrsquo;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 Bensonandrsquo;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:

andldquo;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.andrdquo; andmdash;The New York Times

andldquo;This is the way I like to tour the solar system. Find a chair. Sit. Turn some pages. Gaze. Wonder.andrdquo; andmdash;NPR.com

andldquo;Beautiful interplanetary images.andrdquo; andmdash;MSNBC.com

andldquo;Beautiful visions of whatandrsquo;s out there.andrdquo; andmdash;The Huffington Post

andldquo;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.andrdquo; andmdash;Time.com

About the Author

Michael Benson, a writer, filmmaker, and photographer, is widely recognized as one of the worldand#8217;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: and#8220;If you donand#8217;t have your own Hubble Space Telescope, this book is the next best thing.and#8221; He lives in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781419704222
Author:
Benson, Michael
Publisher:
ABRAMS
Subject:
Astronomy
Subject:
PHOTOGRAPHY / General
Edition Description:
Hardcover w/Dust Jacket
Publication Date:
20121031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
228 full-color illustrations
Pages:
204
Dimensions:
12 x 15 in

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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 Bensonandrsquo;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 Saturnandrsquo;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 Bensonandrsquo;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:

andldquo;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.andrdquo; andmdash;The New York Times

andldquo;This is the way I like to tour the solar system. Find a chair. Sit. Turn some pages. Gaze. Wonder.andrdquo; andmdash;NPR.com

andldquo;Beautiful interplanetary images.andrdquo; andmdash;MSNBC.com

andldquo;Beautiful visions of whatandrsquo;s out there.andrdquo; andmdash;The Huffington Post

andldquo;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.andrdquo; andmdash;Time.com

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