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Apollo VII-XVII (Te Neues, $65), put together by Floris Heyne, Joel Meter, Simon Phillipson, and Delano Steenmeijer, contains highly rendered photographs, some never before published, taken by Apollo astronauts.  Each chapter briefly summarizes one mission, but keeps the text to a minimum, letting the images tell the story—as they so brilliantly do. Given nearly a full page, the pictures make this a breathtaking visual experience. One moment you could be looking out the porthole of an actual Apollo spacecraft as it passes the Earth, and the next you’re on the lunar surface gazing at an astronaut in the distance. Each image exudes a quiet majesty and beauty that is simply awe-inspiring. Periodically the book also achieves a sort of climax with the inclusion of splash pages that highlight a single image across a double-page spread. These are particularly stunning. The book also includes a guide to the photographic equipment used during Apollo.

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ISBN: 9783961711321
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Published: Te Neues Publishing Company - October 15th, 2018

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Space Atlas (National Geographic, $50), by James Trefil, professor of physics at George Mason University. Featuring pictures and maps of not only our solar system, but the Milky Way and beyond, this would be the ideal guidebook for a space traveler. The highly detailed maps and charts provide a whole new perspective on the planetary bodies in our solar system, and the chapters interspersed throughout on the history of scientific space exploration are fascinating; Trefil also takes great care in explaining our current understanding of foundational components of the universe such as black holes. Take a road trip through space and learn about the amazing discoveries of the past century with this remarkable book.

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By James Trefil, Buzz Aldrin (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781426219696
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Published: National Geographic - October 23rd, 2018

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The Smithsonian History of Space Exploration (Smithsonian, $40), by Roger D. Launius, a former associate director at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, looks beyond Apollo. Through brief, engaging narratives and rich images he shows that space exploration is not a wholly 20th- and 21st- century American enterprise—this final frontier has captured and driven human imagination since the very beginning. The first chapter goes back to 700 BCE, chronicling how the ancient Babylonians charted the planets; subsequent chapters take that endeavor from the ancients to the moderns, recounting achievements such as China’s Chang’e 1, a lunar orbiter. Just as significant as the human successes are the robotic ones, like the Spirit and Opportunity rovers. This book leaves readers with a tantalizing look at the future of space travel, and the technologies and wonders that await us.

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ISBN: 9781588346377
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Published: Smithsonian Books - October 23rd, 2018