Sun and Moon: A Story of Astronomy, Photography and Cartography
A spectacular pictorial history of astronomical exploration, for anyone who has gazed at the sky and wondered what lies beyond
From the beginning of time, human beings have looked up at the stars and speculated on other worlds. Published to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the first moon landing, Sun and Moon tell the story of that burning human need to comprehend the universe, from Neolithic observatories that mark the solstice to the latest space telescopes.
It shows, for the first time, how the development of photography and cartography – the means of documenting other worlds – is linked indelibly to the charting of the heavens, from the first image on a glass plate to the Hubble Space Telescope.
"Sun and Moon amply demonstrate that the efforts of scientists and explorers to comprehend our wider environment arises from an appreciation of beauty as well as the pursuit of reason-from hearts as well as minds."-Timothy Ferris, bestselling author and filmmaker (hailed by the Washington Post as "the best science writer of his generation.")
"...A sublime history of man and space rendered in gorgeous detail."-Outer Places
"Sun and Moon is a thrilling catalogue of important cosmic discoveries."-Cool Hunting
"...A deeply researched, richly photographed history of modern space exploration... Sun and Moon captures our progress and our enduring fascination with space."-Worth.com
"Sun and Moon celebrate our fascination with the skies above."-Werd.com
"...A quintessential coffee-table book by Mark Holborn that traces centuries of beyond-Earth imagery and imagination."-Geekwire
"...is a thrilling catalogue of important cosmic discoveries...[it] gives new (and old) insight to curious readers."-Cool Hunting
"Holborn marries history, sociology, art and science to unpick the ways that space has defined our existence here on Earth... This all-encompassing view of our relationship with space is made all the more enjoyable by the rich visual material that has been amassed...the true gems are densely packed photographs that capture the wonders of our stars, made possible by rapidly changing technologies. To be able to comprehend the surface of the moon, or the wonders of the Eagle Nebula and the Whirlpool Galaxy, is something truly heavenly."-Elephant magazine
"Taken as a whole, the book shows how dreary life on Earth would be without the beauty of the sun by day and the splendor of the moon at night."-Air and Space/Smithsonian Magazine