Outer Space from the 2015 Summer Newsletter

These titles were featured in our 2015 Summer Newsletter.

 

When Sally Ride joined NASA at the age of 26, she had never flown a plane. Unlike the military men who established the space race, Ride was a scientist with advanced degrees in physics and English literature, and she had to learn to fly. Ride took to the sky brilliantly, astonishing all of her instructors, and it is that verve and determination that made her the first American woman in space. I inhaled this book and I recommend it to anyone with an interest in American spaceflight.

Reviewed by: 
Kat
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Sally Ride: America S First Woman in Space Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781476725772
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Published: Simon & Schuster - March 24th, 2015

Humans have always been explorers, adventurers who constantly keep reaching for the next horizon. But it’s easy to believe that dreams of reaching the stars are beyond our grasp. Petranek argues otherwise, and posits that far from the realm of science fiction, the question of settling Mars is not only important but crucial. If you are at all interested in space exploration or the future of the human race, this is a book for you.

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Jax
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How We'll Live on Mars (Ted Books) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781476784762
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Published: Simon & Schuster/ Ted - July 7th, 2015

This book is absolutely fascinating! (Granted, I’m a sucker for space.) Part memoir, part science, part everything, Colonel Chris Hadfield paints a glorious picture of his accomplished life—which includes being the first Canadian to walk in space—with such charm that it’s hard not to fall in love with him (assuming you haven’t already; I mean, have you seen his rendition of “Space Oddity”?!). This is probably the closest I’ll ever be to becoming a real astronaut (a truth I’ve only recently come to terms with), but boy, is it a blast!               

—Andrés

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An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me about Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780316253031
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 14th, 2015

We’ve come a long way since the dawn of American spaceflight, and accomplished the unimaginable (like robots on Mars!). But after the retirement of the last American space shuttle, the future of spaceflight in this country is being made even more vulnerable by budget cuts and public skepticism. Dean’s book is a literary elegy to the astonishing achievements of our recent past, and a critical, curious look at what may be to come.

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Kat
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Leaving Orbit: Notes from the Last Days of American Spaceflight Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781555977092
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Published: Graywolf Press - May 19th, 2015

 

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