Dava Sobel

The Planets by Dava Sobel

planets_finalMy planet fetish began, as best I can recall, in third grade, at age eight – right around the time I learned that earth had siblings in space, just as I had older brothers in high school and college. The presence of the neighbouring worlds was a revelation at once specific and mysterious in 1955, for although each planet bore a name and held a place in the Sun’s family, very little was known about any of them. Pluto and Mercury, like Paris and Moscow, only better, beckoned a childish imagination to ultra-exotic utopias.

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