Required Reading: Discover the Wonders of Space Through These Books

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We all need a little wonder in our lives. These books will inspire, challenge and enthrall you. They?ll even make you ponder the eventual fate of our universe.

Terence Dickinson: NightWatch: A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe

The NightWatch series has been the top-selling stargazing guide in the world for the last 20 years. In this edition you?ll find star charts for use in the southern hemisphere, new photographs that show the latest discoveries made by space observatories and probes, and a ton of other awe-inspiring astronomy.

Stephen Hawking: A Brief History of Time

In his seminal A Brief History of Time Professor Hawking explains the structure, origin, development and eventual fate of the universe. And he discusses these mind-bending phenomena in terms that the general reader can understand. A New York Times Best Seller, describe Hawking?s masterwork as, ?A landmark volume in science writing by one of the great minds of our time.?

Chris Hadfield: An Astronaut?s Guide to Life on Earth

In this compelling read Col. Hadfield spills the beans about life as an astronaut, from training to actual space exploration. If you?ve ever wondered how to make the impossible possible, then this book is a great starting place.

Karen Bush Gibson: Women in Space

Women in Space chronicles 23 female pioneers in the space industry. Here you?ll find the stories of trailblazers like Peggy Whitson, who spent more than a year aboard the International Space Station, and Mae Jemison, the first African American woman in space. On top of these inspiring accounts, you?ll also learn about the Mercury 13, in which 13 American women selected by NASA underwent some of the same training that astronauts did in the 1950s.

Carl Sagan: Cosmos

A true publishing sensation, at one point Cosmos was the best-selling science book of all time. Sagan?s aim was to explain complex scientific ideas to anybody interested in learning. The book was accompanied by a TV series of the same name. The book?s chapters correspond with the series? episodes, so even if reading is not your thing you can still benefit from Carl Sagan?s teachings.

Neil deGrasse Tyson: Death by Black Hole

Death by Black Hole is a collection of Neil deGrasse Tyson?s favorite essays. Covering a vast expanse of cosmic topics, Tyson lays bare some of the secrets of the universe in readable and easy to understand language.

Michio Kaku: Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey Through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the 10th Dimension

This is Michio Kaku?s classic work on modern physics. From black holes to multiple universes, right through to the theory of hyperspace and the ultimate fate of the universe, this book explores some of the biggest questions to be found in any conceivable reality.

Andrew Chaikin: A Man on the Moon

Andrew Chaikin spent a decade working on A Man on the Moon. And all that research shows. Based on hundreds of hours of in-depth interviews with the pioneers that traveled to the Moon and the people who helped them on their journey, Chaikin tells the whole story, from the frenzy of liftoff to the final hurdle of reentry.

Mike Mullane: Riding Rockets: The Outrageous Tales of a Space Shuttle Astronaut

Riding Rockets is an astronaut memoir from a man who knows what he?s talking about – he flew on three Space Shuttle missions. As Mike?s website explains: ?Mullane strips the heroic veneer from the astronaut corps and paints them as they are – human.?

Mary Roach: Packing for Mars

Mary Roach?s book is the perfect example of how you can enjoy the wonders of space from the comfort of your armchair. Sweeping the reader on a mind-boggling adventure through the stars, she explores how humans could sustain life in the void of space.


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