The Planets: Photographs from the Archives of NASA

The Planets: Photographs from the Archives of NASA

This magnificent volume offers a rich visual tour of the planets in our solar system. More than 200 breathtaking photographs from the archives of NASA are paired with extended captions detailing the science behind some of our cosmic neighborhood's most extraordinary phenomena. Images of newly discovered areas of Jupiter, fiery volcanoes on Venus, and many more reveal the a...

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Title:The Planets: Photographs from the Archives of NASA
Author:Nirmala Nataraj
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Edition Language:English

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  • Debra Jeakins

    THE PLANETS:PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE ARCHIVES OF NASA BY NIRMALA NATARAJ is what I would label a coffee table book. With the exception of an intro from Bill Nye the book ,one stunning photo after another of our universe, with small paragraphical descriptions and credits included. But mostly you see our universe in very professional photos. Of course, my favorite is Mars as I have been fascinated by the images that the two rovers have sent us. It's not very easy to "review " a book that is nothing bu

    THE PLANETS:PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE ARCHIVES OF NASA BY NIRMALA NATARAJ is what I would label a coffee table book. With the exception of an intro from Bill Nye the book ,one stunning photo after another of our universe, with small paragraphical descriptions and credits included. But mostly you see our universe in very professional photos. Of course, my favorite is Mars as I have been fascinated by the images that the two rovers have sent us. It's not very easy to "review " a book that is nothing but photos and my main statement would be You have to see this book to really enjoy the universe in all its splendor!

    I received this book free from goodreads in exchange for an honest review.

  • Van Reese

    To quote from the back cover of the book, "Anyone with an interest in science, astronomy, and the mysteries of space will delight in this awe-inspiring guide to our solar system." This book contains some of the finest photos available of the solar system and are accompanied by detailed captions which by themselves are quite amazing. Fiery volcanoes, canyons and mountains of unimaginable dimensions, and ice volcanoes! Oh my! The pictures and pages are high quality. I highly recommend this book.

  • Donna Wetzel

    Thank you Goodreads for my copy of The Planets:Photographs from the Archives of NASA by Nirmala Nataraj. What a great book. The pictures are truly amazing. This is the definitive coffee table book. Company and friends will be shocked at how clear the NASA pictures can be in this book. Love the hard cover. And certainly everyone can learn something from this fine book. An excellent addition to any library.

  • Rick

    Gorgeous. Simply gorgeous.

    I borrowed this from my local library, but I just might have to pick up a copy for myself.

  • Julio Biason

    If I said this book was only about pictures of the several rocks in our solar system, I'd seriously not right -- although the book is (mostly) it.

    Besides gorgeous images of the planets in the solar system, including, Ceres, Pluto, the Sun and even comet 67P, it also has information about what you're seeing: The icy plains of Pluto (you know, the heart shaped thing), the size and speed of Jupiter huge storm and everything else you can think of.

    This is the kind of book you should buy in large shee

    If I said this book was only about pictures of the several rocks in our solar system, I'd seriously not right -- although the book is (mostly) it.

    Besides gorgeous images of the planets in the solar system, including, Ceres, Pluto, the Sun and even comet 67P, it also has information about what you're seeing: The icy plains of Pluto (you know, the heart shaped thing), the size and speed of Jupiter huge storm and everything else you can think of.

    This is the kind of book you should buy in large sheets and put on your coffee table, not only to impress your guests, but also to remind you of how big the space is.

  • STEPHEN PLETKO

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    Revealing our cosmic neighbourhood as you’ve never seen it before!!

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    “This book collects some of the most stunning imagery from the archives of NASA.

    It highlights the eight planets…starting with Mercury, closest to the Sun, and moving outward—but it also includes other significant bodies, such as the Sun itself, Pluto…and more.

    The following pages present a visual tour of the solar system, revealing the planets, their moons, and the celestial bodies of our cosmic neighborhood as you’ve

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    Revealing our cosmic neighbourhood as you’ve never seen it before!!

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    “This book collects some of the most stunning imagery from the archives of NASA.

    It highlights the eight planets…starting with Mercury, closest to the Sun, and moving outward—but it also includes other significant bodies, such as the Sun itself, Pluto…and more.

    The following pages present a visual tour of the solar system, revealing the planets, their moons, and the celestial bodies of our cosmic neighborhood as you’ve never seen them before.”

    The above comes from this stunningly beautiful book that has photographs from the archives of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration or NASA with introductory material and photo captions by Nirmala Nataraj and a preface by Bill Nye, “the science guy.” Nataraj is a writer and editor with a background in science writing. Nye is an engineer, science educator, actor, and writer. He is the CEO of the Planetary Society whose mission is to engage citizens to advance space science, exploration, and space policy.

    This mesmerizing book allows the reader to explore the wonders of our solar system in this astounding visual tour of the eight planets and other objects orbiting the Sun.

    There are more than 240 mostly colour photographs from the NASA archives. These are paired with captions and extended captions explaining the science behind the astronomical marvels of our cosmic neighbourhood.

    This book’s front cover (shown above by Goodreads) is a photo of the sixth planet of the solar system, Saturn, with its moon Titan. The caption for this image reads as follows:

    “Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, is shown against the giant [gas or Jovian] planet in this image captured by [space probe] Cassini’s wide-angle camera on 2012. This natural color mosaic was created by combining six images taken through red, green, and blue spectral filters.”

    Yes, if you’re lucky and have time, you may be able to find these photos on NASA and other websites, but there’s something special about seeing them collected together in a high-quality printed book.

    Finally, there’s two main lessons to be learned from this book. First, this photo collection is a powerful reminder of how much has been learned about the planets over the past few decades. Second, this collection is a wake-up call not to screw up our own “Goldilocks” planet.

    In conclusion, this book is a magnificent way to take a tour of our beautiful solar system!!

    (2017; preface; our solar system; 9 chapters; main narrative 250 pages; key for NASA acronyms; bibliography; web resources; image credits; about the preface and text authors)

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  • Daniel

    I enjoyed looking at the pictures in this book. My favorite planet is earth of course. But, my second favorite planet is mars. I think it would be fun to live on another planet. I don' think that will happen for me but, its fun thinking about. Maybe i could life in the mom Titan. The book said a human might be able to live on that moon with only warm clothing and an oxygen mask. I winder if food can grow on another planet. I enjoy picture books. Not so as many words.

  • Richard Archambault

    Beautiful, but I wish there were even more pictures of the outer moons. I'd love a book that was chock-full of those (after having read

    , my interest was peeked) and I was hoping to see more of these moons in this book. Oh well, still, wonderful pictures!

  • Mark

    Good photos, quick explanations. I especially enjoyed the close ups of the asteroids as I was not aware that such closeups existed. Also the moon shadows on the gas Giants is extraordinary.

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