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Lights of Mankind: The Earth at Night as Seen from Space
 
 
Author
L. Douglas Keeney.
Publisher Lyons Press  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.75 x 11.25 x 0.9 inches
ISBN 9780762777556
Pages/Publication Date 282/2012
Daedalus Item Code 32552
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Description
The earth at night is an electric planet, glittering with billions of lights for all the solar system to see. Filled with remarkable, jewel-like photographs taken from the Cupola observation module on the International Space Station, this book is a portrait of all the earth's continents and most of its major cities at night, fully captioned and accompanied by the thoughts of the astronauts themselves. The photographs reveal a history of agriculture, geography, wars, disease, food supply, water supply, politics, and power supply, from the uncertain sprawl of Southern California and the grid of the Midwest to Africa's Nile River snaking toward the Mediterranean—the "unintended artwork of human habitation," as Douglas Keeney writes.

"Earthlings are seeing their planet in a whole new light, thanks to NASA and its astronauts aboard the Internet-wired space station. They're beaming down dazzling images and guess-this-mystery-location photos via Twitter and have even launched a game. Landlubbers the world over are eating it up."—Huffington Post

"Many cities are visible in sharp detail, revealing their network of roads and patterns of development, from grids to hubs-and-spokes to more irregular patterns, that are much harder to see during the day. Keeney matches the images with brief captions ... including in many cases capsule histories of those cities. Included in the book are several essays from astronauts who have flown on the ISS, providing their views of what it was like to view, and photograph, the Earth at night."—Space Review

 
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