The Home Planet

Kevin W. Kelley, Editor, Jacques Yves Cousteau, Foreword by Addison Wesley Publishing Company $8 (0p) ISBN 978-0-201-15197-8
This is a collection of 150 photographs of Earth taken from space, accompanied by quotes from members of the Association of Space Explorers, a multi-national group of astronauts and cosmonauts. The pictures are spectacular: an ``Earthrise,'' as seen from the moon; the mountain ranges, canyons, coastlines, cloud formations, tropical storms, volcanos, oceans, deserts and deltas of the Earthphotographed from thousands of miles above our planet's surface. So precise is the view that we see a plankton bloom, in an amazing inversion of scale, off the coast of New Zealand. The space explorers' commentson their experiences, their common realization of the camaraderie of all of Earth's citizens and of the fact that the Earth is fragile and too precious to be wastedrange in eloquence, but are uniformly affecting and well-intentioned: ``The first day or so we all pointed to our countries. The third or fourth day we were pointing to our continents. By the fifth day we were aware of only one Earth,'' says a Saudi Arabian. ``We went to the moon as technicians; we returned as humanitarians,'' declares an American. `` . . . I understood that we are all sailing in the same boat,'' observes a Russian. 166,000 first printing; first serial to Life; Literary Guild a lternate . (October)
Reviewed on: 10/01/1988
Release date: 10/01/1988
Paperback - 978-0-201-55095-5
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