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Years ago, talk of a space race referred to competition between the United States and Soviet Union to put men in orbit and then send them to the moon. Nowadays, it applies to a few billionaires vying to go where only the most powerful nations went before—that is, beyond planet Earth. Christian Davenport, a journalist on the Washington Post’s financial staff who covers the space and defense industries, was able to talk to these billionaire entrepreneurs and chronicles their rivalries and ambitious, out-of-this-world projects in The Space Barons. These private, commercial space efforts are only about a decade-and-a-half old or less, yet they’ve made tremendous strides in a relatively short time, marking the end of the government’s monopoly on exploring the cosmos and holding considerable promise for the future.

The Space Barons: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the Quest to Colonize the Cosmos Cover Image
ISBN: 9781610398299
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Published: PublicAffairs - March 20th, 2018

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On February 1st, 2003 the crew of the space shuttle Columbia was lost when it broke up during reentry in the skies over Texas. This is the moving account of the search and recovery operations --the largest search in U.S. history-- launched to find the crewmembers and their ship. The goal was to ensure the astronauts were respectfully laid to rest and determine the cause of the accident. I am still in awe of the magnitude of dedication shown by people from across the country who found common cause in honoring these heroes. This is a story I will always carry with me.

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ISBN: 9781628728514
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Published: Arcade - January 23rd, 2018

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The future is almost upon us! In their new book, Soonish (Penguin Press, $30), husband-and- wife team Zach and Kelly Weinersmith focus on ten areas of emerging technology in which we will see the next big developments. From deep space exploration to the 3-D printing of human organs, the Weinersmiths take us on a tour of what is on the horizon. This is pop science at its best. Kelly, an adjunct faculty member in the biosciences department at Rice University, makes the details clear and fascinating, while Zach, the cartoonist behind Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, ensures that the illustrations and comics sparkle and delight. You’ll learn what’s holding us back from asteroid mining, for example, and all the new ways scientists think they can make it happen. Some visions are closer to fruition than others. The giant space elevator that would take people directly into orbit is farther away than augmented reality, for instance. So close is augmented reality that its chapter had to be updated before the book went to press due to recent technological advances in just the last year, including the Pokémon Go phenomenon. This is a fun and informative read, and will make you the smartest futurist of the new year!

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ISBN: 9780399563829
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Published: Penguin Press - October 17th, 2017