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Book Review: Sally Ride – America’s First Woman in Space

Sally Ride – America’s First Woman in Space by Lynn Sherr; Simon & Schuster, New York, New York; $28.00; June 2014. This is a truly inspiring book, written by a top-notch journalist about an extraordinary woman – Dr. Sally Ride. It’s corny to talk of Ride as a woman who simply served up the proverbial [...]

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Book Review: X-15: The World’s Fastest Rocket Plane and the Pilots Who Ushered in the Space Age

X-15: The World’s Fastest Rocket Plane and the Pilots Who Ushered in the Space Age by John Anderson and Richard Passman; Zenith Press/Quayside Publishing Group, Minneapolis, MN.; Licensed by Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum; $30.00 (hard cover); 2014. This account of the pioneering X-15 program (flying from 1959 into 1968) is a highly enjoyable [...]

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Book Review: America’s Space Futures – Defining Goals for Space Exploration

America’s Space Futures: Defining Goals for Space Exploration, Editor Eric Sterner; George C. Marshall Institute, Arlington, Va.; $12.99, shipping and handling $3.99; (soft cover); 2013. The George C. Marshall Institute has published a thought-provoking new book, America’s Space Futures: Defining Goals for Space Exploration, edited by Institute Fellow Eric Sterner. There are those that see [...]

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Astronomers Find 1st Alien Planet With X-Ray Observations

U. S. and European space-based X-ray observatories have added a new technique for identifying alien planets with the discovery of HD 189733b, a “hot Jupiter” class world rapidly orbiting a star 63 light years away. NASA’s Kepler space telescope is credited with making popular a prolific detection strategy based on observations of a slight dimming [...]

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Hubble to Look Close for Alien Planets

  Though aging, the 23-year-old Hubble Space Telescope has a new assignment in the search for planets circling other stars. In October 2014 and February 2016, Hubble will take aim at Proxima Centauri, the nearest star to the sun. Previous attempts to find planets around the red dwarf star, which lies 4.2 light years away, [...]

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