Infinite Worlds: The People and Places of Space Exploration

Michael Soluri (Author) John H Glenn (Foreword by)

Product Details

Simon & Schuster
Publish Date
November 04, 2014
11.82 X 1.19 X 11.75 inches | 5.36 pounds
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About the Author

Michael Soluri is a New York City-based photographer and author. His photography has appeared in Time, Discover, and Wired UK as well as numerous other US, European, and Brazilian publications. He is the coauthor and picture editor of What's Out There: Images from Here to the Edge of the Universe and Cosmos: Images from Here to the Edge of the Universe, each published in nine languages. Visit him at

As part of the Mercury Seven, John H. Glenn became one of America's first astronauts.


STS-125 took place just five and a half years ago, but it now seems firmly a part of another era of spaceflight. A part of that era is expertly recorded, both in words and photos, in this book.-- "The Space Review"
[Infinite Worlds is] an unparalleled love letter to the Space Shuttle era of NASA. Photographer Michael Soluri's intimate images capture the bravery, the humanity, the hopes, dreams, trials and tribulations of all those involved. This marvelous body of work and the book's poignant essays serve to humanize the sometimes-inaccessible, unreachable and unrelatable world of space flight. And, of course, looking at photos of space stuff is always just really, really cool.-- "Denver Post"
These are more than just the space photos we have come to expect over the years. The images are truly space as fine art. Whether the photo is of an index card, a tool, or people doing their job, it is not just photos about the awe and wonder of space, it is a museum quality art exhibition and unlike any other coffee table book on space I have seen.-- "Quest: The History of Spaceflight Quarterly"
Infinite Worlds reveals a side of space travel that most of us would never otherwise see, including the training sessions, tools, and trials that make success possible.... The beautiful photographs in Soluri's book tell two kindred stories: not only the heroic report of repairing a multi-billion dollar piece of equipment, but also a unique glimpse at the inspiring men and women who made it all possible.-- "Universe Today"
Infinite Worlds is a unique photographic chronicle of NASA's 2009 space shuttle mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope. That may sound like a more limited theme, but Infinite Worlds is every bit as grand as its title suggests.... Even the photo essay at the book's core is expansive and unexpected. Soluri's roving lens captures rarely seen aspects of astronaut training-- "American Scientist"
It's lucky for us (and the rest of the world) that photographer Michael Soluri managed to secure three years of access to document the astronaut crew, labor force, and one-of-a-kind tools that framed the last (and the riskiest) shuttle mission to the Hubble Space Telescope in 2009.... Beautiful.-- "Wired"
Soluri attempted to capture the daily details of the people working under this great weight of purpose to show that they are just people: Altman flew planes in Top Gun (1986) and is proud of the fact that his pinky finger makes an on-camera appearance; Rezac once wanted to be a DJ. Soluri documented this humanity in fleeting moments, creating both a tension and drama with images of the everyday objects, from glove fittings to coffee cups.-- "Smithsonian Magazine"