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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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