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Book review: The Case for Space: How the Revolution in Spaceflight Opens Up a Future of Limitless Possibility, by Robert Zubrin. Reviewed by Greg Autry. Those of us deeply embedded in the space community understand that space development is the Rx for a dismal Malthusian future and Zubrin makes our case better than anyone has to date.read more
Two books – one released this week, and one released nearly half a century ago – give insight into the gradual whittling-down of NASA’s 1967 class of scientist-astronauts, who were unceremoniously christened the “Excess Eleven” (or “XS-11”). How did a group that produced a famously prolific, hyper-motivated space flier (Dr. Story Musgrave, the only astronaut to fly each Space Shuttle) also lose so many of its astronauts?read more
Sometimes, young adult novels from the past define the desired values and “pulse” of an entire era. One book series, very aggressively marketed to teenage boys in the early 1960s, is the “Mike Mars” series written by science fiction author Donald A. Wollheim, and published by Doubleday.read more
This novel is the second book of an alternate history trilogy, chronicling the lives of two pilots in a secret Air Force program called Blue Gemini. This trilogy is “hard” science fiction, with care taken to get the technical details right. It all reads as if it really happened.read more
Category: Children’s Books Reviewed by: Ted Spitzmiller Title: Daring Dozen: The Twelve who Walked on the Moon Author: Suzanne Slade Illustrator: Alan Marks NSS Amazon link for this book Ages: 5 to 9 Format: Hardcover, Kindle Pages: 48 Publisher: Charlesbridge Date:...read more
Children love nursery rhymes and Hey-Ho to Mars We’ll Go is a captivating version of the classic, The Farmer in the Dell. Parents or other caregivers may sing or simply read the lyrics. This playful story is magical in a scientific way.read more