Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier

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W. W. Norton & Company, Feb 27, 2012 - Science - 384 pages
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“A compelling appeal, at just the right time, for continuing to look up.”—Air & Space

America’s space program is at a turning point. After decades of global primacy, NASA has ended the space-shuttle program, cutting off its access to space. No astronauts will be launched in an American craft, from American soil, until the 2020s, and NASA may soon find itself eclipsed by other countries’ space programs.

With his signature wit and thought-provoking insights, Neil deGrasse Tyson—one of our foremost thinkers on all things space—illuminates the past, present, and future of space exploration and brilliantly reminds us why NASA matters now as much as ever. As Tyson reveals, exploring the space frontier can profoundly enrich many aspects of our daily lives, from education systems and the economy to national security and morale. For America to maintain its status as a global leader and a technological innovator, he explains, we must regain our enthusiasm and curiosity about what lies beyond our world.

Provocative, humorous, and wonderfully readable, Space Chronicles represents the best of Tyson’s recent commentary, including a must-read prologue on NASA and partisan politics. Reflecting on topics that range from scientific literacy to space-travel missteps, Tyson gives us an urgent, clear-eyed, and ultimately inspiring vision for the future.

 

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User Review  - louis.arata - LibraryThing

I'm definitely a fan of deGrasse Tyson. He is thoughtful, enthusiastic, and passionate about space exploration of all kinds, and what it means for humans and sometimes specifically what it means for ... Read full review

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User Review  - dickmanikowski - LibraryThing

Excellent collection of the author's monthly columns from Natural History, other writings, radio commentaries, and speeches relating to NASA and space exploration. Read full review

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Contents

Editors Note
Prologue Space Politics
The Allure of Space
ExoplanetEarth 3 Extraterrestrial Life
Evil Aliens
Killer Asteroids
Destined for the Stars
Why Explore
The Anatomy of Wonder
Happy Birthday NASA
The NextFiftyYears in Space 11 Space Options
Paths to Discovery
To Fly 14 Going Ballistic 15 Race to Space 16 2001Factvs Fiction
Epilogue
A National Aeronautics
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Neil deGrasse Tyson is an astrophysicist with the American Museum of Natural History, director of its world-famous Hayden Planetarium, host of the hit radio and TV show StarTalk, and an award-winning author. He lives in New York City.

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