Award-winning science writer Rod Pyle’s new book, Interplanetary Robots: True Stories of Space Exploration, shows how far we have come — and gone — by sending unmanned exploration probes into space during the past 60+ years.
Pyle provides intriguing and entertaining looks at many of the successful space probes launched to our solar system’s planets and beyond, by the United States, Russia, China, Japan and other nations. He also covers some of the missions that failed and some of the planned missions that never left the drawing board, because they were simply too ambitious for the technology available at the time.
The author also looks ahead to possible future missions now in development, including new landers and rovers for the Moon and Mars, plus new probes that will explore Jupiter’s icy moons and some asteroids. The long-awaited launch and deployment of the huge James Webb Space Telescope also is discussed.
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— Si Dunn
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