The Moon: A History for the Future

The Moon: A History for the Future

by Oliver Morton, The Economist


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An intimate portrait of the Earth's closest neighbor—the Moon—that explores the history and future of humankind's relationship with it

Every generation has looked towards the heavens and wondered at the beauty of the Moon. Fifty years ago, a few Americans became the first to do the reverse—and shared with Earth-bound audiences the view of their own planet hanging in the sky instead.

Recently, the connection has been discovered to be even closer: a fragment of the Earth's surface was found embedded in a rock brought back from the Moon. And astronauts are preparing to return to the surface of the Moon after a half-century hiatus—this time to the dark side.

Oliver Morton explores how the ways we have looked at the Moon have shaped our perceptions of the Earth: from the controversies of early astronomers such as van Eyck and Galileo, to the Cold War space race, to the potential use of the Moon as a stepping stone for further space exploration.

Advanced technologies, new ambitions, and old dreams mean that men, women, and robots now seem certain to return to the Moon. For some, it is a future on which humankind has turned its back for too long. For others, an adventure yet to begin.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781541774322
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 06/04/2019
Series: Economist Books Series
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 539,363
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Oliver Morton has written about space for decades in publications ranging for the Economist to Nature to Prospect to the New Yorker. Asteroid 10716 olivermorton is named after him.

Table of Contents

List Of Illustrations xiii

Introduction 1

Its Phases 7

I Reflections 11

Its Size And Appearance 37

II The Face Of The Moon 41

Its Orbit 79

III Apollo 83

Its Surface 125

IV Boundaries 129

Trajectories 165

V Reasons 169

Visits 201

VI The Return 205

Exposure 221

VII On The Moon 225

Stories 253

VIII The Unworld 257

Coda 287

Acknowledgements 295

Sources And Further Reading 299

References 305

Index 315

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