50 Years in Space: What We Thought Then... What We Know Now

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AAPPL Artists & Photographers Press, Limited, Oct 1, 2006 - Science - 112 pages
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Patrick Moore, one of the world’s best-known astronomers and host of the BBC’s record-breaking series The Sky at Night, joins forces with celebrated “space artist” David Hardy in a lavishly illustrated look at our evolving images of space. Looking back to their 1972 classic, Challenge of the Stars, Moore and Hardy show how early space art sometimes proved amazingly prophetic—incorporating ideas about spacecraft and space stations that would later come true. They also show how some of the spectacular fantasies of the ’70s gave way to realities more fantastic still, such as the canyons of Mars, the geysers on Triton, neutron stars, and black holes.

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David A. Hardy, FBIS, FIAAA was the first artist on The Sky At Night in 1957, and has illustrated a large number of Patrick Moore's books, as well as appearing on the programme in person. He is a former President of the International Association of Astronomical Artists (IAAA), and has written and illustrated seven of his own books, as well as producing work for TV, the stage and book, record and magazine covers, both factual and science fiction. A book about his life and work, Hardyware, appeared in 2001 (Paper Tiger), and in 2003 his first novel, Aurora, was published by Cosmos Books.

Patrick Moore was born on March 4, 1923. He is one of the most prolific authors of popular astronomy books. He began publishing astronomy books in 1950 and has been extremely active ever since. He is director of the lunar section of the British Astronomical Association and was director of the Armagh Planetarium in Northern Ireland from 1965 to 1968. Moore has been the host of a television program, "The Sky at Night," which appeared first on BBC in April 1957. He was awarded the Order of the British Empire in 1968 for his work in astronomy. Patrick Moore died December 9, 2012.

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