Synopses & Reviews
In Moon Hunters, bestselling author Jeffrey Kluger tells the thrilling story of some of the most remarkable heavenly bodies known -- the solar system's sixty-five moons -- and the extraordinary people who have explored them all. Chronicling lunar exploration from the first attempts by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory to explore our own moon to the triumphant conquest of the outer planets, Moon Hunters is an adventure story full of drama, danger, and suspense. While taking the reader on a spellbinding journey to the eerie landscapes of the moons themselves, Moon Hunters offers a riveting account of the scientists and spacecraft responsible for unlocking the secrets of the cosmos -- and perhaps of life itself.
From the groundbreaking missions of the 1960s, which brought scientists -- and the American public -- the first close-up photographs of our moon, to the Pioneer and Voyager missions that first explored the moons of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune, to the spacecraft currently en route to Saturn and its great moon, Titan, Moon Hunters traces the history of lunar exploration and captures the spirit of the men and women who made it possible. Jeffrey Kluger takes readers behind the scenes at NASA, bringing to life the triumphs and the setbacks revealed to him during frequent visits to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. And he sweeps us to the eerie landscapes of the sixty-three moons themselves, places where life might just be taking hold. Featuring glorious full-color photographs, Moon Hunters is a magnificent combination of cutting-edge science and gripping adventure.