Book Reviews and Recommended Reading
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Without exception, astronauts report seeing the Earth from space results in feeling a stronger, more protective connection with the Earth and a deepened awareness of the commonality of all human beings. The borders between countries disappear in the view from space; and the differences of cultures, politics, and competing religions disappear along with them.
“From the Earth to the Moon” was a twelve-part HBO mini-series which first aired on April 5, 1998. The series was produced by Bruce Glazer, Ron Howard and Tom Hanks and based on a book by Andrew Chaiken entitled A Man on the Moon that was published in 1994.
An alternate-history thriller about an Apollo 18 mission involving murder as Americans and Soviets simultaneously compete and cooperate with each other.
Power Challenges is the fourth book In the Power series novels. Although the reviewer did not read the three prior books, she found that the book stands alone as a narrative of how space policy and actions in the space arena is viewed by politicians, the media, and the general public.
This Space Available, By Emily Carney. A recent addition to the Apollo library, John Rocco’s How We Got to the Moon: The People, Technology, and Daring Feats of Science Behind Humanity’s Greatest Adventure, is exceptional in that while it may seem geared towards middle grade students, it beautifully illustrates – and illuminates – the role of unsung heroes throughout the space program.
If the goal is to inspire and inform a younger generation to be involved in space, including lunar settlement in particular, Dyson’s book accomplishes this in spades. I highly recommend it for students, teachers and parents.
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