The WOW factor of this book is gigantic. Its a stunning collection of photographs taken from space presented by the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. In addition to the obligatory images of large weather systems, the book has chapters dedicated to several common and practical uses of the complex and detailed imagery we've accumulated from satellites and other spacecraft. Internet users have a sense of the level of detail that can be gleaned from satellite photography through services like Google Earth. Author Andrew K. Johnson brings the enthusiasm of a scientist to explain how each kind of image is taken (the differences between photographs taken with visible light and infrared photography) and how they are being used by real people every day.
For Baby Boomers like me who grew up admiring those first Mercury astronauts, books like this one simply reinforce our admiration for the people who make these remarkable achievements in technology useful to our everyday lives. But there's also no escaping the awe-inspiring splendor of the pictures in this book.
Rainbo Electronic Reviews published this review in our January, 2008 issue.
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