Launch yourself into outer space with one of these books about the past and future of space travel and cosmology, available from the JMRL catalog:
How to Live in Space by Colin Stuart – An amusing and informative illustrated guide to life beyond our own planet that covers everything from training for and living in space to the future of space travel and tourism.
Beyond Earth by Charles Wohlforth & Amanda R. Hendrix – A leading planetary scientist and an award-winning science writer present a chronicle of the developments and initiatives that have transformed the idea of space colonization into an achievable goal, sharing arguments in favor of targeting Saturn’s moon, Titan.
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson – Offers witty, digestible explanations of topics in cosmology, from the Big Bang and black holes to quantum mechanics and the search for life in the universe.
The Cosmic Web by J. Richard Gott – Presents a semi-autobiographical discussion of astronomy and astronomers, the history of cosmology, and the latest theories about the structure of the universe.
The Universe in Your Hand by Christophe Galfard – A theoretical physicist who has worked closely with Stephen Hawking uses direct and simple language to demonstrate the theories behind the functioning of the universe, including what happens when a star dies and the basics of the quantum world.
Dark Matter & the Dinosaurs by Lisa Randall – A renowned particle physicist draws on original research into dark matter to illuminate the surprising connections between deep space and life on Earth.
Packing for Mars by Mary Roach – Describes the weirdness of space travel, answers questions about the long-term effects of living in zero gravity on the human body, and explains how space simulations on Earth can provide a preview to life in space.