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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.
Award winning author Neil deGrasse Tyson is an astrophysicist with the American Museum of Natural History, the director of the world-famous Hayden Planetarium, a monthly columnist for Natural History and the host of the PBS series NOVA Science NOW. Also available: Death by Black Hole, Origins and The Pluto Files. Author website and Twitter account: www.haydenplanetarium.org/tyson
"A compelling appeal, at just the right time, for continuing to look up."
– Air & Space
"There is much to enjoy here, and nothing too arcane for a non–space cadet to follow."
– Dava Sobel
"A genial advocate for the space program, Tyson offers diagnoses of its malaise that will resonate with its supporters."
"An enthusiastic, persuasive case to start probing outer space again."
– Kirkus Reviews