Tuesday, June 30, 2015

You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes by Chris Hadfield

You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes
by Chris Hadfield [779.629 Had]

Astronaut Chris Hadfield shared numerous images of the Earth during his time as Commander aboard the International Space Station, and in this book he reproduces hundreds of those photos in a geographic chronology. The ISS makes a complete orbit of our planet every 92 minutes, offering astronauts short windows of opportunity to capture stunning images of specific areas of the globe. Hadfield’s images are just that — stunning. From patchwork quilts of vibrant farmland, and mysterious irrigation circles in arid lands, to fascinating natural patterns resulting from shifting plate tectonics and the distressing results of climate change, each page of this book is a marvel of visual splendor. Hadfield uses text sparingly, to explain that images would otherwise be complete mysteries. His playful sense of humor also shines forth in his commentary. This is a perfect “small” coffee-table book, and should appeal to anyone interested in aerial photography and space photography, as well as people fascinated by the obscure niches of our planet.

[If you like this item, you might like these too – Check out Chris Hadfield‘s presence on the internet, including his many visual posts from during his period in space. He’s the astronaut who filmed a music video, in outer space, of himself sing David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” in zero gravity!]

Recommended by Scott C.
Bennett Martin Public Library

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