“Jeff Krukin has written a much needed and practical introduction to the evolving entrepreneurial space industry. Drawing on his experience as Executive Director of the Space Frontier Foundation and as a NewSpace business consultant with particular experience in state level engagement, Jeff brings invaluable insight about an emerging industry that promises to significantly impact our lives. Whether you are an investor, space exploration aficionado, or someone who just wants to know about these vehicles that will one day soon fly overhead, this primer should be on your must read list.”
– Patti Grace Smith, former Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration
Andrew Chaikin and Alan Bean are a powerful team for introducing the Apollo program to a new generation. Few authors can compete with Andrew Chaikin when it comes to telling the stories of Apollo, and Apollo 12 astronaut Alan Bean is the only artist who can paint the Moon with the passion of personal experience. The combination of their talents has produced Mission Control, This is Apollo, a book that will appeal to a much wider audience than the targeted 9-12 age group.
LOOK TO THE STARS By Buzz Aldrin, Paintings by Wendell Minor
CELEBRATE THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FIRST MOON LANDING WITH THIS BEAUTIFUL JOURNEY THROUGH THE HISTORY OF SPACE EXPLORATION
2009 marks the 40th anniversary of the landing of Apollo 11 on the moon on July 20, 1969.
In LOOK TO THE STARS (G.P. Putnam’s Sons; 9780399247217; On sale May 14, 2009;
40 pages; Ages 6 up/Grades 1 up; $17.99) Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin – the second man to set foot on the moon — takes readers on a journey through the amazing history of the origins of flight and space exploration. Marvelous paintings by Wendell Minor bring the
journey to life.
What influenced Neil Armstrong to utter his famous words, “That’s one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind?” Could it have been the “forward step for all mankind” theme that Willis Shapley, a largely unknown figure at NASA, proposed to decision makers in February 1969? Exactly 40 years later, that is one of the topics that is explored in the acclaimed book “We Came in Peace for all Mankind: The Untold Story of the Apollo 11 Silicon Disc” by Tahir Rahman. Rahman, a space author, plans a book signing tour that kicks off at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum this summer.
“The 40th Anniversary of The First Moon Walk” is not just a fund raising project by the Phoenix Moon Society; it’s a way to preserve the memory. Without the quotes from those who were listening and watching on July 20, 1969, this book would only be a pretty picture book, but would lack the impact and nostalgia that was envisioned when undergoing this project.
A new NASA Special Publication (SP-4703) entitled Remembering the Space Age was released this month and is now available on the NSS website as a 9-megabyte PDF download.
This book is not just another space history. Instead, it examines the meaning of the Space Age in the broadest possible sense. It is an examination of the place of space exploration in human history and how the record of the Space Age has been preserved and represented in the wider culture.
The 480-page book consists of a collection of 21 essays stemming from an October 2007 conference sponsored by the NASA History Division and the National Air and Space Museum to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the dawn of the Space Age.
The essays cover a diverse range of topics from “Robert A. Heinlein’s Influence on Spaceflight” to “Cosmonaut Nostalgia in Soviet and Post-Soviet Film” to “China’s Human Spaceflight Program and Chinese National Identity” to “Cultural Functions of Space Exploration,” and much more.
A hard copy of the book retails for $54, but the PDF version is free and has been added to the online NSS Space Policy Library.
Will space be the place for the next major government infrastructure projects? Lincoln built the Transcontinental Railroad. Roosevelt’s New Deal built the Grand Coulee, Hoover and Tennessee Valley Authority Dams. These authors think space will be where Obama build his great infrastructure projects.
Lincoln and railroads, Obama and RLVs? by Taylor Dinerman
In the years before the Civil War politicians in Washington fought a series of bitter battles over the Transcontinental Railroad. The Southerners fought for a southern route that would enrich and further empower their slave-based economy and the North rejected this. The war settled the question and the Pacific Railroad Act was signed by President Lincoln on July 1, 1862. Six years later the job was finished and California was connected to the East Coast. The nation was now an economic as well as a political whole.
Since the late 1980s the US government has been unable to find a way to develop a new low-cost vehicle that will put payloads into orbit. The travails of the DC-X, the X-33, the X-37, the Orbital Space Plane, and other programs have been as frustrating to serious advocates of space exploration and settlement as the congressional battles of the 1850s must have been to the Californians of that age.
Solution: Energy From Space by Ralph Nansen
When Grand Coulee Dam rose on the Columbia River during the Great Depression, it not only employed thousands of people but also provided an abundant source of cheap energy for the Pacific Northwest, ushering in a long era of economic prosperity for the region. As we now confront an economic crisis approaching the scope of the Great Depression, we are also forced to confront the severe consequences of our addiction to finite fossil fuel resources.
Solution: Energy from Space presents a bold solution for the problems we face today: dependence on oil as our primary energy source, global climate change caused by the proliferation of carbon dioxide, and the threat of wars over diminishing oil supplies. It explores how our energy situation is driving these major world problems, and how developing energy from space could bring unprecedented economic prosperity and opportunity to the world, just as Grand Coulee Dam did for the Pacific Northwest in the 1930s.
Frontiers of Propulsion Science is the first-ever compilation of emerging science relevant to such notions as space drives, warp drives, gravity control, and faster-than-light travel – the kind of breakthroughs that would revolutionize spaceflight and enable human voyages to other star systems. Although these concepts might sound like science fiction, they are appearing in growing numbers in reputable scientific journals. From AIAA
|Frontiers of Propulsion Science|
|Marc G. Millis, NASA Glenn Research Center
Eric W. Davis, Institute for Advanced Studies at Austin
Progress in Astronautics and Aeronautics Series, 227
Published by AIAA, © 2009, 739 pages, Hardback
A new book about the future. George Friedman’s “The Next 100 Years: A Forecast for the 21st Century”
Here are two videos of the author talking about his predictions he has writen about in his book. He starts talking about space and space solar power at 4:30 in part 1 until about 6:00.
Next 100 Years – STRATFOR – George Friedman – Part 1
Next 100 Years – STRATFOR – George Friedman – Part 2
Interested in new space books, check out READING SPACE: NSS Reviews and Recommended Reading .
Recent Review include Space Enterprise by Philip Robert Harris reviewed by David Brandt-Erichsen, How to Live on Mars by Robert Zubrin reviewed by Brian Enke. Saturn for My Birthday by John McGranaghan reviewed by Marianne Dyson.