238 pages, colour & b/w photos, colour & b/w illustrations
Ever since the Montgolfier's hot air balloon carried a chicken, a goat, and a duck into the Parisian skies, scientists have dreamed of contraptions to explore the atmosphere. With the advent of the space age, new airborne inventions were needed. From the Soviet Venus balloons to the advanced studies of blimps and airplanes for the atmospheres of Mars and Titan, Drifting on Alien Winds surveys the many creative and often wacky ideas for exploring alien skies. Through historical photographs and stunning original paintings by the author, readers also explore the weather on planets and moons, from the simmering acid-laden winds of Venus to liquid methane-soaked skies of Titan.
A very respectable science reference book, a book of very, very pretty pictures, with captions [...] . very useful and informed reference book, packed with science and stories, tales of triumph and failure, and as many questions as answers. [...] this is a fantastic book, much more than people will expect it to be when they first hear about it or see it advertised. It's not simply a book of or about space art; it chronicles the past, present and future of space exploration
- (Cumbrian Sky, May, 2011)
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