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Check out these book recommendations from Chyanne, one of our Summer Interns:

Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream, book jacket Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream
by Tanya Lee Stone
ISBN: 9780763636111
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When NASA was launched in 1958, 13 women proved they had as much of the right stuff as men to be astronauts, but their way to space was blocked by prejudice, insecurity, and a scrawled note written by one of Washington's most powerful men. This is the true story of the Mercury 13 women.

 

Are We Alone?: Scientists Search For Life in Space, book jacket Are We Alone?: Scientists Search For Life in Space
by Gloria Skurzynski
ISBN: 079226567X
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Demonstrating how the quest for extraterrestrial life is real, widespread, and growing, this book combines captivating narrative and scientific facts, illustrated with full-color and black-and-white photographs, that will have kids questioning if they are alone in the universe.

 

Amazing Space Q & A, book jacket Amazing Space Q & A
by Mike Goldsmith
ISBN: 9780756671303
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Amazing Space Q&A" explores the final frontier. Bursting with eye-opening questions and revealing answers, the book tells readers everything they ever wanted to know about the universe (but were afraid to ask).

 

The Pluto files : the rise and fall of America's favorite planet, book jacket The Pluto Files : The Rise and Fall of America's Favorite Planet
by Neil deGrasse Tyson
ISBN: 9780393065206
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When the Rose Center for Earth and Space at the American Museum of Natural History reclassified Pluto as an icy comet, the New York Timesproclaimed on page one, 'Pluto Not a Planet? Only in New York.' Immediately, the public, professionals, and press were choosing sides over Pluto"s planethood. Pluto is entrenched in our cultural and emotional view of the cosmos, and Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the Rose Center, is on a quest to discover why. He stood at the heart of the controversy over Pluto"s demotion, and, consequently, plutophiles have freely shared their opinions with him, including endless hate mail from third-graders.

 

 Death by black hole : and other cosmic quandaries, book jacket Death By Black Hole : And Other Cosmic Quandaries
by Neil deGrasse Tyson
ISBN: 9780393062243
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Loyal readers of the monthly "Universe" essays in Natural History magazine have long recognized Neil deGrasse Tyson's talent for guiding them through the mysteries of the cosmos with stunning clarity and almost childlike enthusiasm. Here, Tyson compiles his favorite essays across a myriad of cosmic topics. The title essay introduces readers to the physics of black holes by explaining the gory details of what would happen to your body if you fell into one. "Holy Wars" examines the needless friction between science and religion in the context of historical conflicts. "The Search for Life in the Universe" explores astral life from the frontiers of astrobiology. And "Hollywood Nights" assails the movie industry's feeble efforts to get its night skies right.

 

 The sun and stars, book jacket The Sun and Stars
by Giles Sparrow
ISBN: 9781599206660
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Adopting a `travel guide` format, this original series takes the reader on a fascinating fact-packed voyage, offering insights and points of interest along they way. Stunning full-colour photographs and quirky cartoons ensure that no detail is omitted as the trip progresses - from planetary features to star magnitudes and from space toilets to driving on the Moon.

 

 This is rocket science : true stories of the risk-taking scientists who figured out ways to explore beyond Earth, book jacket This Is Rocket Science : True Stories of the Risk-taking Scientists Who Figured Out Ways to Explore Beyond Earth
by Gloria Skurzynski
ISBN: 9781426305979
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The compelling text vetted by NASA scientists is a combination of history, science, human drama, and future challenges. Readers learn how fireworks in ancient China developed into the fire arrows used by Genghis Khan; we meet Sir Isaac Newton, Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, and learn how their imaginations shaped rocketry. We revisit the era of Sputnik, the satellite that launched a superpower space race, ending with moonwalks and a rendezvous in space. Finally we look forward to the future challenges of Mars and beyond. We also get a sneak peek at new technologies like space elevators, solar sails, ion propulsion, and more.