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Space Day Reading List 2024

Space has fascinated authors, scientists, storytellers, and children alike. From a brief history of the moon to a collection of diverse stories connected to the stars, our Space Day reading list will deepen your love and appreciation of the cosmos.


Asteroids
How Love, Fear, and Greed Will Determine Our Future in Space

Martin Elvis

A unique, wide-ranging examination of asteroid exploration and our future in space


Reaching for the Moon
A Short History of the Space Race

Roger D Launius

A history of the space race explores the lives of both Soviet and American engineers


Moon
A Brief History

Bernd Brunner

An entertaining, often surprising cultural examination of Earth’s moon, through history, science, and literature, from ancient times to the present


Mapping the Heavens
The Radical Scientific Ideas That Reveal the Cosmos

Priyamvada Natarajan

A noted astrophysicist presents a lively and accessible introduction to radical ideas and discoveries that are transforming our knowledge of the universe


Dante and the Early Astronomer
Science, Adventure, and a Victorian Woman Who Opened the Heavens

 Tracy Daugherty

Explore the evolution of astronomy from Dante to Einstein, as seen through the eyes of trailblazing Victorian astronomer Mary Acworth Evershed


Dispatches from Planet 3
Thirty-Two (Brief) Tales on the Solar System, the Milky Way, and Beyond

Marcia Bartusiak

An award-winning science writer presents a captivating collection of cosmological essays for the armchair astronomer


Star Stories
Constellations and People

Anthony Aveni

Follow an epic animal race, a quest for a disembodied hand, and an emu egg hunt in constellation stories from diverse cultures


The Abduction of Betty and Barney Hill
Alien Encounters, Civil Rights, and the New Age in America

Matthew Bowman

A gripping account of an alien abduction and its connections to the breakdown of American society in the 1960s


The Long Space Age
The Economic Origins of Space Exploration from Colonial America to the Cold War

Alexander MacDonald

An economic historian argues that privately funded space exploration is not a new development, but a trend beginning with the astronomical observatories of the nineteenth century


Black Hole
How an Idea Abandoned by Newtonians, Hated by Einstein, and Gambled On by Hawking Became Loved

Marcia Bartusiak

The contentious history of the idea of the black hole—the most fascinating and bizarre celestial object in the heavens


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