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Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier

Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier

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by Neil deGrasse Tyson
     
 

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“A compelling appeal, at just the right time, for continuing to look up.”—Air & Space

America’s space program is at a turning point. After decades of global primacy, NASA has ended the space-shuttle program, cutting off its access to space. No astronauts will be launched in an American craft, from American soil, until the

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“A compelling appeal, at just the right time, for continuing to look up.”—Air & Space

America’s space program is at a turning point. After decades of global primacy, NASA has ended the space-shuttle program, cutting off its access to space. No astronauts will be launched in an American craft, from American soil, until the 2020s, and NASA may soon find itself eclipsed by other countries’ space programs.

With his signature wit and thought-provoking insights, Neil deGrasse Tyson—one of our foremost thinkers on all things space—illuminates the past, present, and future of space exploration and brilliantly reminds us why NASA matters now as much as ever. As Tyson reveals, exploring the space frontier can profoundly enrich many aspects of our daily lives, from education systems and the economy to national security and morale. For America to maintain its status as a global leader and a technological innovator, he explains, we must regain our enthusiasm and curiosity about what lies beyond our world.

Provocative, humorous, and wonderfully readable, Space Chronicles represents the best of Tyson’s recent commentary, including a must-read prologue on NASA and partisan politics. Reflecting on topics that range from scientific literacy to space-travel missteps, Tyson gives us an urgent, clear-eyed, and ultimately inspiring vision for the future.

Editorial Reviews

In these cash-strapped times, America's space program seemed like a superfluous expense. Although NASA accounts for just half of one percent of federal spending, congressional leaders made it an early casualty of the 2008 recession. In this lively, even humorous book, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson makes perhaps the most persuasive case yet for reactivating our space travel efforts. His argument is multifaceted; he contends for instance that NASA science cross-pollinates research that benefits our entire economy. Entertaining advocacy. (P.S. The author's communication skills probably benefit from his daytime job as the director of New York's famed Hayden Planetarium.)

Vicki Powers

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393082913
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
03/04/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
212,102
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Neil deGrasse Tyson is an astrophysicist with the American Museum of Natural History, director of the world-famous Hayden Planetarium, host of the 2014 television series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, and an award-winning author. He lives in New York City.

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