Space

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Robert Zimmerman

In the Apollo 8 mission, December 21, 1968, humans left earth’s gravity for the first time, and flew to the moon, circling it 10 times. They took now-iconic photos from space. To mark Apollo 8’s 50th anniversary, Robert Zimmerman collaborated with a fan of his 1998 book_ Genesis: The Story of Apollo 8: The First Manned Flight to Another World_ to produce the work’s first ebook and audio versions.

Carolyn Collins Petersen

Space exploration isn’t just a technological story, Carolyn Collins Petersen asserts. Literature and art helped fuel interest, education, and funding. Jules Vernes’ From the Earth to the Moon, one of many examples, inspired future rocket designers. Many Trekkies now work at NASA. In Space Exploration: Past, Present, Future, Peterson examines what it takes to build a space-faring civilization.

Rod Pyle

Award-winning science writer and documentarian Rod Pyle presents an insider's perspective on the most unusual and bizarre space missions ever devised inside and outside of NASA. The incredible projects described here were not merely flights of fancy dreamed up by space enthusiasts, but actual missions planned by leading aeronautical engineers. Some were designed but not built; others were built but not flown; and a few were flown to failure but little reported:

Nancy Atkinson

In Incredible Stories from Space, veteran space journalist Nancy Atkinson shares compelling insights from over 35 NASA scientists and engineers, taking readers behind the scenes of the unmanned missions that are transforming our understanding of the solar system and beyond. Weaving together one-on-one interviews along with the extraordinary sagas of the spacecraft themselves, this book chronicles the struggles and triumphs of nine current space missions and captures the true spirit of exploration and discovery. Full color images throughout reveal scientific discoveries and the stunning, breathtaking views of our universe, sent back to Earth by our robotic emissaries to the cosmos.

Matt Bille and Erika Lishock

The First Space Race reveals the inside story of an epic adventure with world-altering stakes. From 1955 to 1958, American and Soviet engineers battled to capture the world’s imagination by successfully launching the world’s first satellite.

The race to orbit featured two American teams led by rival services — the Army and the Navy — and a Soviet effort so secret that few even knew it existed. This race ushered in the Space Age with a saga of science, politics, technology, engineering, and human dreams.

Sandy Antunes

If you’ve ever fantasized about building a satellite in your basement and sending it into orbit, this is the book for you. Sandy Antunes spent two years building his Project Calliope satellite. In DIY instruments for amateur space, the third of a planned four-book series, Antunes discusses what you can measure in orbit.

Sandy Antunes

For years, schools and universities have had rocket clubs, where amateur scientists could create and fly their own homemade rockets. Now, amateurs are also building picosatellites, microsatellites of low mass and size that are made with inexpensive materials and can be launched into low-earth orbit. These picosatellites can be used for running scientific experiments, university research, art projects, or just for fun. Of course, after a picosatellite has been created, is it ready for launch?

Sandy Antunes

Want to build your own satellite and launch it into space? It’s easier than you may think. The first in a series of four books, this do-it-yourself guide shows you the essential steps needed to design a base picosatellite platform — complete with a solar-powered computer-controlled assembly — tough enough to withstand a rocket launch and survive in orbit for three months.

Marc Kaufman

Kaufman, a Washington Post science reporter, states: “Before the end of this century, and perhaps much sooner than that, scientists will determine that life exists elsewhere in the universe.” It’s an arresting idea, and Kaufman delivers an entertaining look at the science supporting it. Astrobiologists, who study the possible forms that extraterrestrial life may take, are “part Carl Sagan, part Indiana Jones, part Watson and Crick, part CSI,” Kaufman notes.