Astronaut Dr. Buzz Aldrin commended the author citing his proposal to transform the Space Shuttle fleet, before retiring it, into a space tourism fleet, which would generate profits for NASA.
Dr. Donald Brownlee Director of NASA's "STARDUST" Mission that flew to comet "Wilde 2" said this about the author:
"One of Dr. Misconi most significant publications was his 1979 Nature paper on streaming of interstellar grains into the solar system. The paper predicted that interstellar dust should stream into the solar system from the direction, the then detectable interstellar gas and it also described the interaction of the extrasolar particles with the solar wind and the IP (Interplanetary) magnetic field. The paper was timely and highly prophetic as the stream of interstellar dust was detected just a few years later by instruments on the Ulysses and Galeleo spacecraft."
Dr. Seung Soo Hong, former chair of the Astronomy Department at Seoul National University in Seoul, South Korea, said this about the author:
"I still remember in one of those brain storming sessions he suggested to fire a "big gun" from a satellite to a nearby asteroid and to observe the scattered light of the Sun and man-made source by the dust excavated from the asteroid surface. The Space Astronomy Laboratory team couldn't materialize the idea then. But to think back, this was a brilliant idea, with which one can characterize the nature of ligorith particles for a reasonable price".
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This book is an easy read and it is very diverse in the topics that it deals with. He details the history of the middle east where he grew up; and the author's struggle to choose between astronomy and chemical engineering for his education early on is interesting. His research in astronomy and space science and his research with the US military is very interesting. He directed the first rocket launch in the history of Mexico to observe the total solar eclipse is an interesting story. I found the book very useful and inspiring book to be read by especially young students, and the old alike.
This is an easy read book, which tell the story about an immigrant who succeeded in doing first class research in solar system studies in the US. The first chapters of the book tell the story of his growing up in Baghdad, Iraq and the political upheavals that ensued during the period between the 1930s and up to 1970. His research is interesting, and his accomplishments in space experiments are truly interesting to read. He directed the first rocket experiment in Mexico’s history to observe the total solar eclipse in 1991. I recommend this book for young kids who are in high school to inspire them to reach for the stars as the author did.
I enjoyed reading this book. I particularly enjoyed the first few chapters where the author storied the history where he grew up in the Middle East and how he came to his career in astronomy. It is quite a tale of perseverance and pursuit of what clearly was his passion. It is an inspiring story for all to pursue their interests and dreams. At first I was fearful the author would drag me down into the depth of the science, but not so. He presented the science behind his research in a way that was easy to read and understand. No major background was needed. I didn’t know anything about space dust, much less that you could levitate a particle. He presents a few tips and pointers for those who would be interested in pursing a career in academia on how to seek funding from federal and state agencies. It was fun to read and inspiring to see in its pages his struggle against obstacles to rise to world preeminence in his career field.