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Our Photogenic Neighbors

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Michael Light's Full Moon (Knopf, $50) is a spectacular, crater-to-crater photographic history of NASA moon missions. Its absorbing pullout panoramas, like the one below, odd angles and close-ups that reveal quirky details, such as an astronaut’s family snapshot next to his moon-dust footprint, create a singular lunar experience for those of us who haven’t been there.

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Yale's The Planets ($35) (facing page: Jupiter and its icy moon Europa) is part solar-system encyclopedia, part coffee-table companion to the eponymous BBC-TV series that will make its U.S. debut on A&E this fall.

 

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African Penguins"Penguins are 10 times older than humans and have been here for a very, very long time," said Daniel Ksepka, Ph.D., a North Carolina State University research assistant professor. Dr. Ksepka researches the evolution of penguins and how they came to inhabit the African continent.

Because penguins have been around for over 60 million years, their fossil record is extensive. Fossils that Dr. Ksepka and his colleagues have discovered provide clues about migration patterns and the diversity of penguin species.

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