The Moon

A Past and Future History

Oliver Morton
AUD $39.99
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An intimate, profound portrait of the Earth's closest neighbour.

Every generation has looked up from the Earth and wondered at the beauty of the Moon. 50 years ago, a few Americans became the first to do the reverse-with the whole world watching through their eyes.

In this short but wide-ranging book, Oliver Morton explores the history and future of humankind's relationship with the Moon. A counterpoint in the sky, it has shaped our understanding of the Earth from Galileo to Apollo. Its gentle light has spoken of love and loneliness; its battered surface of death and the cosmic. For some, it is a future on which humankind has turned its back. For others, an adventure yet to begin.

Advanced technologies, new ambitions and old dreams mean that men, women and robots now seem certain to return to the Moon. What will they learn there about the universe, the Earth - and themselves? And, this time, will they stay?

Author bio:

Oliver Morton is a senior editor at The Economist and an award winning writer. He is the author of Mapping Mars: Science, Imagination and the Birth of a World, Eating the Sun: How Plants Power the Planet and The Planet Remade: How Geoengineering Could Change the World.

Category: Popular science
ISBN: 9781788162548
Publisher: Profile Books
Imprint: Profile Trade
Pub Date: July 2019
Page Extent: 320
Format: Book
Subject: Popular science

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