OUTER SPACE & SPACEFLIGHT

These books will mostly deal with flight into space. However, astronaut memoirs go to "Memoirs", and books on previous space history (like Powering Apollo) go to "History."

In addition, books which don't deal with flight into space directly go elsewhere. example is Captured by Aliens, which touches on space flight only insofar as it examines human beliefs about visits by extraterrestrials to Earth; it goes to Anthropology. Similarly, books about SETI (the search for extraterrestrial Intelligence) go to Astronomy.

Lists of available reviews of books on outer space and spaceflight

PRINCIPAL
AUTHOR
TITLE
(Linked to review)
RATING
(0-5)
REVIEW
DATE
ONE-LINE
DESCRIPTION
Ashford, David Spaceflight Revolution 5.0 2/20/2003 As of 2003, the X-15 was first and only fully reusable vehicle to reach space. David Ashford's company wants to end that 35-year hiatus.
Belfiore, Michael Rocketeers 5.0 11/18/2009 Follow Michael Belfiore on a tour of NewSpace — the commercial space-launch companies competing to be the first private venture into the final frontier.
Berinstein, Paula Making Space Happen 5.0 1/07/2003 Once we all dreamed of a glorious Space Age. What happened to those dreams? This engaging book holds the history of the years since Apollo up for thoughtful examination.
Berry, Adrian The Giant Leap 1.5 1/04/2003 A well-intentioned but sorely misguided attempt to describe how interstellar travel will be accomplished
Collins, Michael Mission to Mars 5.0 9/27/1996 Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins describes his vision of a mission to Mars.
Coombs, Charles Aerospace Pilot 5.0 12/04/1994 Coombs's lively narrative makes you feel you're training right alongside his fictional pilot candidate, Dan Evans.
Dyson, George Project Orion 5.0 1/07/2002 Now legendary, this atom-bomb-powered spaceship is shown to be potentially practical.
Elias, George Henry Breakout into Space 3.0 3/16/1997 Elias' thesis: that it is the duty of "the Gifted Generation" (baby boomers) — and in their own best interest — to expand into space.
Freeman, Marsha Challenges of Human Space Exploration 5.0 5/22/2001 What good is the International Space Station? Marsha Freeman explains.
Hujsak, Edward The Future of U.S. Rocketry 5.0 3/12/1997 Good data on U.S. launch vehicle families. Good opinions about where the launch industry can go in the future. Trenchant opinions about why it's not getting there fast.
Impey, Chris Beyond 4.5 5/28/2015 The latest book by astrophysicist Dr. Impey walks us through the past and present of space travel, and projects a glimpse of one possible future.
Launius, Roger Imagining Space 5.0 12/02/2003 Fifty years of space progress are reprised in this well-illustrated volume.
Lewis, John S. Mining the Sky (& Rain of Iron and Ice) 5.0 3/29/1998 In these two companion volumes, Dr. Lewis explores the promise and peril of near-Earth asteroids.
Lewis, John S. Rain of Iron and Ice (& Mining the Sky) 5.0 12/24/1997 In these two companion volumes, Dr. Lewis explores the promise and peril of near-Earth asteroids.
Mishkin, Andrew Sojourner 5.0 4/30/2004 Mishkin was a systems engineer on JPL's Sojourner Mars rover. His account conveys in readable wise all the tension, frustration, and lost sleep attendant to such projects — and the exultation when they succeed.
Morton, Oliver Mapping Mars 5.0 2/01/2004 The exploration of Mars, and the scientists performing it, are portrayed in this informative book.
O'Neill, Gerard K. The High Frontier 5.0 TBA Dr. O'Neill and his students at Princeton University developed the concept of solar power satellites.
Petersen, Carolyn C. Hubble Vision 5.0 TBA A celebration of the glorious images brought to us by the first telescope in space.
Reed, R. Dale Wingless Flight 5.0 3/17/2003 At California's Dryden Flight Research Center, Reed and his colleagues pioneered a new way of getting back from orbit.
Ride, Sally To Space and Back 5.0 12/04/1994 America's first woman in space tells how it is to fly on the Space Shuttle.
Robinson, George S. Envoys of Mankind 4.0 7/20/2003 An examination of the changes humanity may undergo when large numbers of people live off-planet, and the legal frameworks that will be needed to ensure civil order and a fair measure of freedom.
Sagan, Carl Pale Blue Dot 5.0 1/17/1997 Astronomer Carl Sagan shows us our place in the cosmos.
Savage, Marshall T. The Millennial Project 4.0 1/20/1995 Here's a grand plan if there ever was one.
Shirley, Donna Managing Martians 5.0 2/23/2003 From Oklahoma came young Donna Shirley, dreaming of exploring Mars. And she did.
Spudis, Paul D. The Once and Future Moon 5.0 5/21/2001 All about the value of Luna, and why we should get off our duffs and go back to Earth's natural satellite
Stine, G. Harry Halfway to Anywhere 5.0 3/01/1997 Heinlein told us Earth orbit is halfway to anywhere. Stine shows how and why to take that first step.
Stoiko, Michael Soviet Rocketry 5.0 9/14/2002 Aerospace engineer Stoiko dug up invaluable data on the space vehicles of the USSR, and presents it here.
Vajk, J. Peter Doomsday Has Been Cancelled 5.0 TBA Out in space it's raining soup, says Vajk, and we don't know about soup bowls.
Weil, Elizabeth They All Laughed at Christopher Columbus 0.5 12/07/2002 A book about one of the most advanced aerospace engineering efforts of the 20th century, written by someone who doesn't understand engineering or aerospace
Wohlforth, Charles Beyond Earth 5.0 3/12/2017 Saturn's moon Titan is the destination proposed in this book as the most likely near-term refuge for humanity.
Zubrin, Robert The Case for Mars 5.0 3/29/2003 A practical plan to get to and explore Mars by "living off the land."
Quality Ranges for Book Reviews
The books are rated from 0 to 5 in increments of 0.5. Colors represent the following quality ranges:
4.0 to 5.0 Quality: HIGH (Color = Aqua) Competent to exceptional; well worth the money
2.0 to 3.5 Quality: FAIR (Color = Lime) Useful despite some flaws; may or may not be worth buying.
0.5 to 1.5 Quality: POOR (Color = Yellow) Seriously flawed; read it if you wish, but don't buy it.
0.0 to 0.0 Quality: YUCK (Color = Fuchsia) Avoid this book at all costs!
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