The future always starts somewhere. Dan Linehan’s richly-illustrated history of SpaceShipOne is essential for anyone interested in the origins of space tourism. From the genius of Burt Rutan to the bravery of the test pilots who wrestled with an untested machine, Linehan puts you into the cockpit for a wild ride. Beautifully illustrated with 300 photos, this must-read book features in-depth interviews, flight logs, and many never-before-published details of Scaled Composites’ successful effort to win the Ansari X Prize. He also gives readers a detailed look at Richard Branson’s efforts to use this technology to send thousands of people into space. Put it in your library today!
The Right Stuff Tom Wolfe
Tom Wolfe’s classic account puts you in the cockpit with Chuck Yeager as he breaks the sound barrier and in orbit with the Mercury astronauts. See how the arrival of space travel upset the pecking order in the fraternity of flying, where brave men pushed the outside of the envelope to go faster and further than any man had gone before. Alternately thrilling, hair raising and touching, Wolfe’s prose levitates above all the technical details to get the heart of the flying fraternity. A must read!
Mars 3-D Jim Bell
You thought James Cameron has a lock on 3-D? Think again. This excellent book by astronomer Jim Bell has cool 3-D images that give you the impression that you are standing on the Red Planet. The accompanying text gives you detailed information about what you’re seeing. Who ever thought that geology could be so fascinating? (Glasses included)
Other books by Bell include:
- Moon 3-D: The Lunar Surface Comes to Life
- Postcards from Mars: The First Photographer on the Red Planet
- The Martian Surface: Composition, Mineralogy and Physical Properties (Cambridge Planetary Science)
- Asteroid Rendezvous: NEAR Shoemaker’s Adventures at Eros
Mars Society Founder Bob Zubrin takes you into the future with this handy guide for settling on the Red Planet. Covering everything from how to get there to where to live and what jobs to do, Zubrin imagines a planet of nearly unlimited potential brimming with industrious Martians.
The Fair and Responsible Use of Space
A new publication provides a fresh comprehensive evaluation on how to achieve the sustainable use of space by means of respecting fairness and responsibility. The Fair and Responsible Use of Space – An International Perspective has been released as the fourth volume in the series â€œStudies in Space Policyâ€ edited by the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) and published by SpringerWienNewYork. Chapters of the book draw upon the contributions of several renowned experts that took part in a November 2008 conference on the same topic, convened in Vienna, and jointly organized by the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), Secure World Foundation (SWF) and ESPI, which served as conference coordinator and host.