Book Reviews and Recommended Reading
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As with Eileen Collins’ flying aircraft and spacecraft, so with this book: all the goals she set for herself in writing the book—inspiration and historical narrative—have been admirably fulfilled. This is one of the essential astronaut autobiographies.
By undertaking a 500-year genomic engineering program, humans could modify themselves to better tolerate the extreme environments of outer space.
A team of lunar explorers investigate a momentous discovery leading to an audacious mission aboard a restored extraterrestrial spacecraft to divert an extinction-capable asteroid from hitting Earth.
With this book Weir skips the rest of the solar system and heads straight out for interstellar space. Readers of science fiction that cares about both science/technology and people will find that Weir has come through, magnificently, yet again.
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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