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The Depths of Space: The Story of the Pioneer Planetary Probes
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0309090504, Hardcover)Recounts the history of Pioneer 10, highlighting its scientific and technological achievements. Also features the exceptional people who made the program possible. DLC: Pioneer Project.
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"Emblazoned with the nude figures of a man and a woman, etched representations of our human form, the Pioneer generation of probes were aptly named. Launched into the inky depths of space, they were more than mere machines, they were humanity's first emissaries into deep space. And the pictorial inscriptions that adorned the crafts embodied the hopes and dreams of everyone involved in the Pioneer program. They were our humble attempt to communicate with the extraterrestrial intelligent life we imagined the probes might some day encounter...our message in a bottle." "Perhaps the most efficient, reliable, and cost effective program to come out of NASA, the Pioneer missions are a shining example of how a small and talented group of people can, against all odds, pull something off that has never been done before. Indeed, more than thirty years after its launch in 1972, Pioneer 10 is still cruising into interstellar space, sending back data as it courses through the galaxy while Pioneer 6, in solar orbit, is more than 35 years old and humankind's oldest functioning spacecraft. But despite their enduring contributions, the Pioneer project remains a footnote in space history, little more than a humble prologue to its inheritors." "The accomplishments of these forgotten trailblazers of the space age were truly remarkable. They were the first probes to explore the secrets of the Sun, to venture beyond the asteroid belt, to visit the giant planets Jupiter and Saturn, and to navigate the void beyond Pluto. Although their achievements have been overshadowed by the more glamorous and expensive missions that followed, the Pioneer project truly opened up the solar system for humanity." "The Depths of Space recounts the history of Pioneer both as a scientific and technological achievement and as the story of the people who made the program possible."--BOOK JACKET.
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