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The Earth Gazers (Hardback)
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The Earth Gazers (Hardback)

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Hardback 464 Pages / Published: 07/09/2017
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For thousands of years, we have struggled to rise above the surface of the Earth.

2018 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the moment three human beings escaped the pull of the Earth's gravitational field for the first time, and saw what no one had ever seen before, the Earth as a sphere falling through the empty darkness of space. Even today only 24 people have had that experience: the Apollo astronauts who went on the nine manned missions to the moon that took place between 1968 and 1972.

The astronauts returned with photographic evidence that the Earth was beautiful, seemingly fragile and different from any other heavenly body. The photographs known as Earthrise, taken during the first manned mission, and The Blue Marble, taken during the last mission, have become two of the most reproduced and most influential images of all time. They were taken almost as an afterthought and inspired a whole generation to think about our responsibility for this tiny oasis in space.

In his remarkably wide-ranging book, Christopher Potter writes of the early heroic days of aviation and of the often-blemished visionaries who inspired the journey into space: Charles Lindbergh, Robert Goddard and Wernher von Braum.

Now more than ever the need to see ourselves from an outside-perspective is urgent. Can we learn to see ourselves for what we truly are: inhabitants of a world without borders? The Earth Gazers is a timely and entrancingly written exploration of the ways in which this new perspective on ourselves did indeed change us, and of how the opportunity for truly radical change was thwarted.

Publisher: Head of Zeus
ISBN: 9781784974329
Number of pages: 464
Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'An elegantly written history of man's efforts to reach space ... [Potter] has taken a considered risk in retelling the tale of how we first came to see our planet from the outside. It pays off beautifully. The result is a fresh and elegantly wrought account of mankind's journey from firing lumps of jerry-rigged metal from cabbage fields to crunching around in the dust of another world ... The Earth Gazers is a terrific piece of writing' The Times.
'Well written and takes a different, more personal viewpoint than many others on the subject' BBC Sky at Night.
'Intriguing and original' Catholic Herald.
'Potter's history of the great adventure nicely catches the tension between the sublime escape represented by space travel and the hideous detail of getting there; the euphoria of great ambition and the bleak anticlimax of touchdown' Guardian.
'Clearly illustrates the contrasts, contradictions and egos in those involved in the space race and is completely fascinating' Four Shires Magazine.
'An enthralling account of the golden age of manned space travel that emphasizes the transcendent experiences of everyone involved, and he makes a convincing case that America lost something vital when it ended' Kirkus.
'Potter has distilled [the feeling that man always looks just beyond his reach and strives to get there] and on each page of cataloguing endeavour gives a hint of the joy those 24 men had when they looked out the window and saw Home ... In hardback, Head of Zeus have created a truly beautiful edition to go with such an inspiring tale' Boney Abroad.

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