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Astronomy, Space, and Space Travel
Skylab (Artist's conception)

"Being up here and being able to see the stars and look back at the Earth and see your own Sun as a star makes you . . . realize the universe is quite big, and just the number of possible combinations ... which can create life enters your mind and makes it seem much more likely."

-- Skylab astronaut Edward Gibson

There is, quite literally, an entire Universe out there whose vast extent and diversity we're only beginning to comprehend. Someday, with time and luck and good planning, maybe we'll be able to go out and look. In the meantime, we do have several hundred years worth of astronomy and fifty years worth of manned and unmanned space exploration to look back on...

Astronomy and Cosmology

These are books about the sciences of astronomy and cosmology, including books about other Sol-system planets, stars, galaxies, and the history of the Universe.

  • EXPLORATIONS: An Introduction to Astronomy
    Author: Arny, Thomas T.
    Copyright:1994
    Publisher: Mosby
    ISBN: 0-8016-7423-9
    A basic textbook about astronomy, from the Solar System to other stars, other galaxies, and a look at cosmology and the origins of the Universe.
  • JOURNEY BEYOND SELENE
    Author: Kluger, Jeffrey
    Copyright:1999
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    ISBN: 0-684-84765-5
    A book about the unmanned space probes designed, built, and launched by JPL, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.
  • SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN BOOK OF ASTRONOMY
    Author: Various
    Copyright:1999
    Publisher: Scientific American
    ISBN: 1-55821-966-8
    A collection of articles from the magazine Scientific American about all aspects of astronomy.

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The Manned Space Program

For a few shining years, mankind went to space with the purpose of exploration, in the best tradition of the ancient seafaring explorers. Mercury, Gemini, Apollo - names that will live in history, as will the astronauts that flew them.

  • CHARIOTS FOR APOLLO
    Author: Charles Pellegrino and Joshua Stoff
    Copyright:1985
    Publisher: Avon Books
    ISBN: 0-380-80261-9
    A detailed look at how the Lunar Excursion Module was designed for the Apollo moon-landing missions. It's quite a story, and makes very clear just how very experimental Project Apollo was.
  • FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION
    Author: Kranz, Gene
    Copyright:2000
    Publisher: Berkley Books
    ISBN: 0-425-17987-7
    The quote has become a legend. The man who said it should be one. Gene Kranz is a veteran of dozens of space missions, but he never went into space. He worked in Mission Control on the ground: planning, tracking, technical support. This is his story, a look at space travel from the other side: the men who stay on the ground.
  • FIRST ON THE MOON
    Author: Armstrong, Collins, Aldrin
    Copyright:1970
    Publisher: Little, Brown
    ISBN:
    Descriptions of the Apollo 11 moon mission by the three astronauts who flew it.
  • FOR ALL MANKIND
    Author: Hurt III, Harry
    Copyright:1988
    Publisher: Morgan Entrekin
    ISBN: 0-87113-170-6

  • LIFE IN SPACE
    Author:
    Copyright:1983
    Publisher: Little, Brown
    ISBN: 0-316-85063-2
    A pictorial review of the first 25 years of the manned space program, published by Life magazine.
  • LOST MOON: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13
    Author: Jim Lovell & Jeffrey Kluger
    Copyright:1994
    Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
    ISBN: 0-395-67029-2
    A detailed first-hand account of the near-disaster that befell the Apollo 13 mission, written by Mission Commander Jim Lovell. The movie APOLLO 13 was based on this book.
  • ONCE AND FUTURE MOON, THE
    Author: Spudis, Paul D.
    Copyright:1996
    Publisher: Smithsonian Institution
    ISBN: 1-56098-847-9

  • WE SEVEN
    Author: Various
    Copyright:1962
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    ISBN:
    Essays by and about the seven astronauts who flew the Mercury missions.

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