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Best Astronomy Books of 2019

 

61vxo7vrGeLLetters from an Astrophysicist by Neil deGrasse Tyson

“Tyson’s latest is a stimulating companion to his Astrophysics for People in a Hurry and both are recommended for inspiring readers wary of science to give it a chance.”
—Booklist (starred review)

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A1pHN9k4KvLSpace Utopia: A Journey Through the History of Space Exploration from the Apollo and Sputnik Programmes to the Next Mission to Mars by Vincent Fournier 

This unique collection of photographs features over ten years of collaborations with the most important space and research centers in the world, resulting in a one-of-a-kind story of the human race to the stars.

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91PTF1yTXPLThe Case for Space: How the Revolution in Spaceflight Opens Up a Future of Limitless Possibility by Robert Zubrin 

The Case for Space demonstrates the author’s rare breadth of domain knowledge, which covers engineering, science, economics and policy as well as his depth of knowledge on every significant destination in the solar system from the Moon to the outer planets. In his new book, Zubrin’s digs right into the issues of lunar resource extraction, energy generation, manufacturing and transportation that will drive the quick settlement of Earth’s ‘eighth continent.’”
—Greg Autry, Contributor, Forbes

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61iTblEGlVLDestined for the Stars: Faith, the Future, and America’s Final Frontier by Catherine L. Newell

“This is a stunning book about faith in a glorious future, nostalgia for a heroic past, and an ever-present quest to become a multiplanetary species. Catherine Newell reveals that support for human space exploration is often about a ‘higher purpose’; it inspires faith, worship, reverence, alternative futures, and a quest for secular immortality. A fascinating contribution to the history of spaceflight.”
Roger Launius, former chief historian of NASA

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71YQB+AqWJLFinding our Place in the Universe: How We Discovered Laniakea―the Milky Way’s Home by Hélène Courtois 

How a team of researchers, led by the author, discovered our home galaxy’s location in the universe

“A luminous behind-the-scenes record of a two-decade astrophysical feat.” Nature

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61X1DZflGlLProving Einstein Right: The Daring Expeditions that Changed How We Look at the Universe by S. James Gates, Cathie Pelletier

A thrilling adventure story chronicling the perilous journey of the scientists who set out to prove the theory of relativity–the results of which catapulted Albert Einstein to fame and forever changed our understanding of the universe.

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81JZBQbixBLWhen the Earth Had Two Moons by Erik Asphaug (July)

An astonishing exploration of planet formation and the origins of life by one of the world’s most innovative planetary geologists.

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61mobDq+29LDr Space Junk vs The Universe: Archaeology and the Future by Alice Gorman

A pioneering space archaeologist explores artifacts left behind in space and on Earth, from moon dust to Elon Musk’s red sports car.

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718ZF-KawWLAn Earthling’s Guide to Outer Space: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Black Holes, Dwarf Planets, Aliens, and More by Bob McDonald

Beloved science commentator Bob McDonald takes us on a tour of our galaxy, unraveling the mysteries of the universe and helping us navigate our place among the stars.

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