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Best Space Exploration Books You Must Read

Below I’ll give you my selections for the best Space Exploration books by a few categories. I will cover these and other great books more in depth later.

1. Space 2.0: How Private Spaceflight, a Resurgent NASA, and International Partners are Creating a New Space Age (2019)

Best Space Exploration Books You Must Read  More than a half-century ago, humanity first hurled objects into space, and almost 50 years ago, astronauts first walked on the moon. Since then, we have explored Earth's orbit with shuttles, capsules, and space stations; sent robots to Mars, Venus, Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, and Uranus; sampled a comet; sent telescopes into orbit; and charted most of our own planet.In Space 2.0, space historian Rod Pyle, in collaboration with the National Space Society, will give you an inside look at the next few decades of spaceflight and long-term plans for exploration, utilization,…
Author(s): Rod Pyle, Buzz Aldrin

2. DK Eyewitness Books: Space Exploration: Blast into Space and Hitch a Ride on the Earliest Rockets and the Latest Probes (2014)

Best Space Exploration Books You Must ReadDiscover the secrets of space and humankind’s quest to learn about our universe.An informative guide to the mysteries beyond Earth and its atmosphere, Space Exploration takes young readers on a journey through the solar system and highlights advancements in space technology. Discover how satellites help us forecast the weather, how the Large Space Simulator is used to test spacecraft, what happens at liftoff and blastoff, and how the landing craft probes and explores planets. Learn about a day in the life of an astronaut including how a special sleeping bag helps them to sleep in weightless conditions,…
Author(s): Carole Stott

3. The Penguin Book of Outer Space Exploration: NASA and the Incredible Story of Human Spaceflight (2018)

Best Space Exploration Books You Must Read“An extremely useful and thought provoking documentary journey through the maze of space history. There is no wiser or more experienced navigator through the twists and turns and ups and downs than John Logsdon.”  Among all the technological accomplishments of the last century, none has captured our imagination more deeply than the movement of humans into outer space. From Sputnik to SpaceX, the story of that journey–including the inside history of our voyages to the moon depicted in First Man–is told as never before in The Penguin Book of Outer Space Exploration. Renowned space historian John…
Author(s): John Logsdon, Bill Nye

4. Spaceflight: A Concise History (MIT Press Essential Knowledge series) (2018)

Best Space Exploration Books You Must ReadSpaceflight is one of the greatest human achievements of the twentieth century. The Soviets launched Sputnik, the first satellite, in 1957; less than twelve years later, the American Apollo astronauts landed on the Moon. In this volume of the MIT Press Essential Knowledge series, Michael Neufeld offers a concise history of spaceflight, mapping the full spectrum of activities that humans have developed in space.Neufeld explains that “the space program” should not be equated only with human spaceflight. Since the 1960s, unmanned military and commercial spacecraft have been orbiting…
Author(s): Michael J. Neufeld

5. Legacy: An Event Group Thriller (Event Group Thrillers) (2012)

Best Space Exploration Books You Must ReadThe United States is ready to make a triumphant return to the moon, striking out boldly into the solar system in an attempt to regain the confidence of the heady days of the Apollo program. But a shocking discovery at Shackleton Crater brings the first Prometheus mission to an abrupt halt.Remote robots have uncovered human skeletal remains―and forensic analysis at NASA reveals the corpse to be over 700 million years old. As the news of this discovery is leaked across the universe―and a battle rages over the truth of our heritage―the Event Group is…
Author(s): David L. Golemon

6. Mission to Mars: My Vision for Space Exploration (2015)

Best Space Exploration Books You Must ReadCan astronauts reach Mars by 2035? Absolutely, says Buzz Aldrin, one of the first men to walk on the moon. Celebrated astronaut, brilliant engineer, bestselling author, Aldrin believes it is not only possibly but vital to America’s future to keep pushing the space frontier outward for the sake of exploration, science, development, commerce, and security. What we need, he argues, is a commitment by the U.S. President as rousing as JFK’s promise to reach the moon by the end of the 1960s—an audacious, inspiring goal-and a unified vision for space exploration. In…
Author(s): Buzz Aldrin , Leonard David, et al.

7. Endurance: My Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery (2018)

Best Space Exploration Books You Must ReadThe veteran of four space flights and the American record holder for consecutive days spent in space, Scott Kelly has experienced things very few have. Now, he takes us inside a sphere utterly hostile to human life. He describes navigating the extreme challenges of long-term spaceflight—the devastating effects on the body, the isolation from everyone he loves and the comforts of Earth, the pressures of constant close cohabitation, and the catastrophic risks of depressurization or colliding with space junk. But perhaps the most haunting challenge is that of being unable to help should tragedy strike at home,…
Author(s): Scott Kelly

8. Moon Hunters: NASA’s Remarkable Expeditions to the Ends of the Solar Systems (2001)

Best Space Exploration Books You Must ReadA look at the scientists who design and fly the spacecraft exploring the outer reaches of the solar system discusses unmanned missions to Jupiter, Saturn, and Neptune. #2,921,450 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #178 in Solar System (Books) #1660 in Astronautics & Space Flight #2612 in Cosmology (Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Jeffrey Kluger

9. Basher Basics: Space Exploration (2019)

Best Space Exploration Books You Must ReadFrom the best-selling and compelling Basher, comes a book that shines its light into out-of-this-world beings who make the universe tick. Learn about the amazing research that is revolutionizing space exploration, from the pioneering space crafts and equipment known as ‘Space Aces’ that have been used to delve into deep-space exploration to the scientists known as ‘The Outerplanetary Mob’ that have not only taken voyages to space and back but have contributed to our understanding of the universe. Space Exploration is a compelling guide to developments at the very forefront of science – a must-read for anyone wishing…
Author(s): Simon Basher

10. Space Enterprise: Living and Working Offworld in the 21st Century (Springer Praxis Books / Space Exploration) (2008)

Best Space Exploration Books You Must ReadIn Space Enterprise – Living and Working Offworld, Dr Philip Harris provides the vision and rationale as to why humanity is leaving its cradle, Earth, to use space resources, as well as pursuing lunar industrialization and establishing offworld settlements. As a management/space psychologist, Dr. Harris presents a behavioral science perspective on space exploration and enterprise. In this his 45th book, Phil has completely revised and updated the two previous editions of this classic, placing new emphasis on the need for more synergy and participation by the private sector. He…
Author(s): Phillip Harris

11. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Space & Space Exploration: Discovering the Secrets of the Universe (2016)

Best Space Exploration Books You Must ReadThe Cosmos is a vast and fascinating subject. From the creation of the Solar System to the Moon landings, from the chances of life on other planets to how stars shine, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Space & Space Exploration investigates the Cosmos and humankind’s efforts to understand it. Every spread is filled with artworks and photographs, data tables and explanations of the workings of the stars and planets, moons, astronauts, rockets and satellites. Did you know that: The Sun is our nearest star but it takes eight minutes for its…
Author(s): Giles Sparrow , Judith John, et al.

12. War in Space: The Science and Technology Behind Our Next Theater of Conflict (Springer Praxis Books) (2018)

Best Space Exploration Books You Must ReadWith the recent influx of spaceflight and satellite launches, the region of outer space has become saturated with vital technology used for communication and surveillance and the functioning of business and government. But what would happen if these capabilities were disrupted or even destroyed? How would we react if faced with a full-scale blackout of satellite communications? What can and has happened following the destruction of a satellite? In the short term, the aftermath would send thousands of fragments orbiting Earth as space debris. In the longer term, the…
Author(s): Linda Dawson

13. From Cave Man to Cave Martian: Living in Caves on the Earth, Moon and Mars (Springer Praxis Books) (2019)

Best Space Exploration Books You Must ReadThis book explores the practicality of using the existing subsurface geology on the Moon and Mars for protection against radiation, thermal extremes, micrometeorites and dust storms rather than building surface habitats at great expense at least for those first few missions. It encourages NASA to plan a precursor mission using this concept and employ a “Short Stay” Opposition Class mission to Mars as the first mission rather than the “Long Stay” concept requiring a mission that is too long, too dangerous and too costly for man’s first…
Author(s): von Ehrenfried, Manfred “Dutch”

14. Mars: Prospective Energy and Material Resources (2014)

Best Space Exploration Books You Must ReadThe manned mission is seen as a first step towards a Mars surface exploration base-station and, later, a permanent settlement. This timely book covers all the aspects of possible means of energy and resources utilization on the Mars surface. Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Viorel Badescu

Best Space Exploration Books You Must Read

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some space exploration books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Interplanetary Robots: True Stories of Space Exploration

Author(s): Rod Pyle
Publisher: Prometheus Books, Year: 29 Jan 2019, Size: 10 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2322203

War in space: the science and technology behind our next theater of conflict

Author(s): Dawson, Linda
Publisher: Springer, Year: 2019, Size: 9 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2327112

Commercial Space Exploration: Potential Contributions of Private Actors to Space Exploration Programmes

Author(s): Clelia Iacomino
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2019, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2407826

Future Spacecraft Propulsion Systems and Integration: Enabling Technologies for Space Exploration

Author(s): Paul A. Czysz, Claudio Bruno, Bernd Chudoba
Publisher: Springer-Verlag, Year: 2018, Size: 27 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2154500

Discovering the Cosmos with Small Spacecraft: The American Explorer Program

Author(s): Brian Harvey
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2018, Size: 17 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2179622

Building Habitats on the Moon: Engineering Approaches to Lunar Settlements

Author(s): Haym Benaroya
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2018, Size: 14 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2179631

Oxford Dictionary of Space Exploration

Author(s): E. Julius Dasch, Stephen James O’Meara
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Year: 2018, Size: 9 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2329883

The Race to the Moon Chronicled in Stamps, Postcards, and Postmarks: A Story of Puffery vs. the Pragmatic

Author(s): Umberto Cavallaro
Publisher: Springer & Praxis Publishing, Year: 2018, Size: 352 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2334300

Apollo Mission Control: The Making of a National Historic Landmark

Author(s): Manfred “Dutch” von Ehrenfried
Publisher: Springer & Praxis Publishing, Year: 2018, Size: 69 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2334355

The Penguin Book of Outer Space Exploration: NASA and the Incredible Story of Human Spaceflight

Author(s): John Logsdon (editor), Bill Nye (foreword)
Publisher: Penguin Books, Year: 2018, Size: 6 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2336157

Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are absolutely record-breakers according to The New York Times, others are composed by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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