'The Shuttle Begins': Book Review of 'Bold They Rise: The Space Shuttle Early Years, 1972–1986,' by David Hitt and Heather R. Smith

Bold They Rise, by authors David Hitt and Heather R. Smith, captures the excitement of the early space shuttle days, including highlights from this 1984 mission, STS-41D. Photo Credit: NASA

Heywood Floyd: …What? What’s going to happen? Dave Bowman: Something wonderful. — 2010: The Year We Make Contact, 1984

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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 by […]

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 Smithsonian […]

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 word […]

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 […]