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Review: Spacecraft

by Jeff Foust Spacecraft: 100 Iconic Rockets, Shuttles, and Satellites That Put Us in Space by Giuseppe De Chiara and Michael H. Gorn Voyageur Press, 2018 hardcover, 224 pp., illus. ISBN 978-0-7603-5418-6 Some space books, particularly the large-format “coffee table” ones, fill their pages with lavish color photography of the universe, or of launches and spacecraft. Others fill their pages ...

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Review: Your Place in the Universe

by Jeff Foust Your Place in the Universe: Understanding Our Big, Messy Existence by Paul M. Sutter Prometheus Books, 2018 hardcover, 280 pp., illus. ISBN 978-1-63388-472-4 Astrophysics and its related fields deal with some of the biggest questions within our comprehension. How did the universe begin? How did our galaxy form, and the Sun, and the Earth? And how will ...

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Review: Red Moon

by Vidvuds Beldavs Red Moon by Kim Stanley Robinson Orbit, 2018 hardcover, 464 pp. ISBN 978-0-316-26237-8 [Note: the review contains spoilers regarding the novel.] Kim Stanley Robinson’s latest novel, Red Moon, is set in 2047. China has become the dominant player on the Moon with large-scale operations at the South Pole. The US and other players have facilities at the ...

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Review: Safely to Earth

by Jeff Foust Safely to Earth: The Men and Women Who Brought the Astronauts Home by Jack Clemons University Press of Florida, 2018 hardcover, 280 pp., illus. ISBN 978-0-8130-5602-9 The 50th anniversary of Apollo is in full swing, with events last month commemorating the Apollo 8 mission and more in the months to come, reaching a crescendo in July for ...

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Review: Interplanetary Robots

by Jeff Foust Interplanetary Robots: True Stories of Space Exploration by Rod Pyle Prometheus Books, 2019 paperback, 368 pp., illus. ISBN 978-1-63388-502-8 The story of the robotic exploration of the solar system is one that has been told over and over, even as that story changes with new missions to new destinations. Some books focus on specific missions, while others ...

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Review: War in Space

by Jeff Foust War in Space: The Science and Technology Behind Our Next Theater of Conflict by Linda Dawson Springer Praxis, 2018 paperback, 216 pp., illus. ISBN 978-3-319-93051-0 The last year has seen plenty of attention devoted to growing military activities in space and the threat of conflict there. Much of that has focused on proposals by the Trump Administration ...

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