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Interplanetary Robots

True stories about unmanned space missions, past and future

“Despite being entirely robotic, these missions had human stories at their core”

■ Author: Rod Pyle ■ Publisher: Prometheus Books ■ Price: £14.99 / $18 ■ Release: Out now

There are plenty of stories about Earth’s manned space missions. From triumph to tragedy, the personal stories of those brave men and women have been told in every format – TV shows, interviews, books and films. But while we are always keen to hear the stories of the people who have visited the stars, the same can’t often be said for the machines that have done the same.

However, in recent years, with funding to agencies like NASA cut back, manned

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