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Book Review: The Orbital Perspective – Lessons in Seeing the Big Picture from a Journey of 71 Million Miles

The Orbital Perspective – Lessons in Seeing the Big Picture from a Journey of 71 Million Miles by Ron Garan; Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.; $27.95 (Hardcover); 2015. There have been a number of “tell-all” books authored by former space travelers. But this book tells all and more. Ron Garan spent 178 days in space, carrying out […]

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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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