Book Review: 'Realizing Tomorrow: The Path to Private Spaceflight'

The crew of STS-41D—launched in August 1984—boasted the commercial industry’s first astronaut, Charles Walker. He is pictured at top left (next to Judith Resnik). At bottom, crew members Mike Mullane, Steve Hawley, Hank Hartsfield, and Michael Coats smile for the camera. Photo Credit: NASA.

Realizing Tomorrow: The Path to Private Spaceflight was published […]

Book Review: 'Spacefarers: Images of Astronauts and Cosmonauts in the Heroic Era of Spaceflight,' Edited by Michael J. Neufeld

 

The men with “The Right Stuff” – and the famous book about them with the same name – go under the microscope in the Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press’ new offering. Photo Credit: NASA.

Spacefarers: Images of Astronauts and Cosmonauts in the Heroic Era of Spaceflight was released on July 9 by the […]

Book Review: 'To A Distant Day: The Rocket Pioneers' by Chris Gainor

Image Credit: University of Nebraska Press

To A Distant Day: The Rocket Pioneers was first published in 2008 by the University of Nebraska Press as part of its Outward Odyssey: A People’s History of Spaceflight series, but is now available in paperback.

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Book Reviews: 'The X-15 Rocket Plane,' 'Last Launch,' and 'Not Because It's Easy'

Image Credit: University of Nebraska / University of Texas / Status Productions

AmericaSpace staff has reviewed several high-quality books lately that we would like to share with our readers. These range from strict historical texts to glossy photo-based offerings to a fictional story based on the space program. We hope you’ll take our […]

Book Review: 'The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story' by Lily Koppel

The cover of Lily Koppel’s ‘The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story’ shows the brave Mercury Seven wives in an iconic LIFE magazine photo from 1959. Image credit: Grand Central Publishing.

Lily Koppel’s The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story will be released Tuesday, June 11, by Grand Central Publishing. It illuminates the […]

Buzz Aldrin’s Mission to Mars: A Review

Buzz Aldrin has released a book about the topic of a manned mission to Mars. Photo Credit: Julian Leek / Blue Sawtooth Studio

On May 7, veteran astronaut and space advocate Buzz Aldrin releases his new book, Mission to Mars: My Vision for Space Exploration. Co-written with respected space journalist Leonard David, the […]

Book Review: 'Spacewalker: My Journey in Space and Faith as NASA’s Record-Setting Frequent Flyer'

Former NASA astronaut Jerry Ross flew into space seven times aboard the space shuttle—more than any other astronaut in history. He has a book that will be coming out next month entitled Spacewalker: My Journey in Space and Faith as NASA’s Record-Setting Frequent Flyer. Photo Credit: NASA

One would think that reading about […]

Book Review: Martian Summer

Martian Summer, written by Andrew Kessler, is an interesting read about the first robotic mission to the Martian polar region. Photo Credit: NASA/JPL – Pegasus Books

With a powerful rover on its way to the Red Planet, now is a good time to review a book about another Martian explorer – Phoenix. The […]

Book Review: Lunar and Planetary Rovers

Lunar and Planetary Rovers, while providing a needed guide to wheels on other worlds – is neither consistent nor complete. Photo Credit: Springer/Praxis

Ordinarily if a book attempts to cover crewed and unmanned missions – the book is a compilation of space flight history overall. This is not the case when it comes […]

Book Review: A Dictionary of the Space Age

A Dictionary of the Space Age is a great tool for space buffs that want to learn more about the inner workings of space flight. Image Credit: Book cover courtesy of Johns Hopkins University Press. Shuttle photo courtesy of Alan Walters/awaltersphoto.com

Yes, it is hard to mess up a simple dictionary, even one […]