A stunning, personal memoir from the astronaut and modern-day hero
who spent a record-breaking year aboard the International Space
Station—a message of hope for the future that will inspire
for generations to come.
From a leading planetary scientist and an award-winning science
writer, a propulsive account of the developments and initiatives
that have transformed the dream of space colonization into
something that may well be achievable.
We are at the cusp of a golden age in space science, as
increasingly more entrepreneurs—Elon Musk, Richard Branson,
Jeff Bezos—are seduced by the commercial potential of human
access to space.
The author of the highly acclaimed Founding Gardeners now
gives us an enlightening chronicle of the first truly international
scientific endeavor—the eighteenth-century quest to observe
the transit of Venus and measure the solar system.
The solar system most of us grew up with included nine planets,
with Mercury closest to the sun and Pluto at the outer edge. Then,
in 2005, astronomer Mike Brown made the discovery of a lifetime. a
tenth planet, Eris, slightly bigger than Pluto. But instead of its
resulting in one more planet being added to our solar system,
Brown’s find ignited a firestorm of controversy that riled
the usually sedate world of astronomy and launched him into the
THE PLANETS is Dava Sobel's sweeping look at our heavenly galaxy.
In the spirit of Longitude and Galileo's Daughter, Sobel once again
brings science and history deftly to life as she explores the
origins of the planets and reveals the exotic environments that
exist in each of these fascinating alien worlds.