Category Archives: Books

Baen Memorial Contest Opens

Baen Books has opened the 2015 Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award contest. Co-sponsored by the National Space Society, the contest focuses on stories of near-future space exploration. The deadline for submissions is February 1, 2015. The grand prize includes … Continue reading

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New Watershed for Space Solar Power

Book Review: The Case for Space Solar Power, by John C. Mankins Reviewed by: Paul Werbos, Executive Vice President, National Space Society If you, like me, are one of those people who really want to do the most you can … Continue reading

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New Book: The Case for Space Solar Power

A strong case for harnessing space solar power is presented in this ground-breaking new book. Author John C. Mankins, one of the foremost experts in the field, presents his latest research in The Case for Space Solar Power. The Case … Continue reading

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New Book: Psychology of Space Exploration

A new NASA publication is now available for free download from the NSS website: Psychology of Space Exploration — Contemporary Research in Historical Perspective, edited by Douglas Vakoch. The 267-page book is NASA Special Publication SP-4411 (2011). Publishers description: As … Continue reading

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Free Copies Of “The High Frontier” To School Libraries

Attention all teachers:  Free copies of The High Frontier: Human Colonies in Space by the late Princeton physicist Gerard K. O’Neill are being offered to high school and college libraries by Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) … Continue reading

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Defending Planet Earth: National Research Council Final Report

The latest addition to the NSS website Planetary Defense Library is Defending Planet Earth: Near-Earth Object Surveys and Hazard Mitigation Strategies: Final Report (June 2010), by the National Research Council. The 132 page book is available for free download or … Continue reading

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Recent NSS Book Reviews

In case you missed any of them, here are some space book reviews recently added to the NSS website book review section: The New Space Race: China vs. the United States, By Erik Seedhouse. The “race” with China for the … Continue reading

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Cosmos & Culture: Cultural Evolution in a Cosmic Context

A new NASA publication, Cosmos & Culture: Cultural Evolution in a Cosmic Context (NASA SP-4802) is available as a free 612-page 4MB PDF download. Editors Steven J. Dick and Mark L. Lupisella present a series of essays integrating concepts from … Continue reading

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Energy Policy and the Future of Space Solar Power

The Age of Oil is ending where it began in Pennsylvania as G20 leaders agree to phase out fossil fuel subsidies.  Since U.S. subsidises fossil fuels 2.5 times more than renewables. While the effect of phasing out fossil fuel subsides may take a … Continue reading

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Buzz Aldrin's The Long Journey Home from the Moon and Rocket Experience

The National Space Society is proud to announce the “launch”, on June 23, 2009, of Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin’s dramatic memoir, Magnificent Desolation – The Long Journey Home from the Moon.  In his new book, Dr. Aldrin, an honored … Continue reading

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