- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Random House USA Inc (22 Mar 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1563319241
- ISBN-13: 978-1563319242
- Product Dimensions: 30.9 x 25.3 x 2.2 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,124,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Journalist William Burrows has matched history, quotations from people involved in the space program at all levels, and incredibly lush and inspiring photographs. As one scientist recalls, "We presented a copy of our first images of Europa from the Galileo spacecraft to Pope John Paul II, who probably gave the most succinct summary yet of these data: 'Wow.'" And you can't blame him. Burrows' book is an excellent combination of science, human insights, and the beauty and terror of space: truly inspirational. --Mary Ellen Curtin
Reading "The Infinite Journey," I couldn't help but be moved by the stories of the Apollo 1 and Challenger tragedies and inspired by the courage of the first astronauts, and even more so, the people involved in bringing the Astronauts of Apollo 13 home. But what really surprised me was how fascinating the stories of the unmanned missions were. In most books, planetary missions and satellite observatories appear as little more than footnotes. In "The Infinite Journey," the personal accounts of the scientists and engineers who built their lives and careers around these exploratory missions really emphasize the awe and wonder of scientific discovery.
Even the one chapter I thought would be mundane, the chapter on communication satellites, was full of delightful surprises. I will never think of TVs, or cows, the same way.
This book is a must have for anyone interested in space flight, NASA, exploration, or in catching an inspired glimpse of soul of mankind. It is also a really beautiful book that would find a welcome place in anyone's library.
Thank you William Burrows, NASA, and Discovery.