The Journal Gazette
Sunday, July 18, 2021 1:00 am

New library books

The following books on space science and technology are newly available through the Allen County Public Library.

“The Burning Blue: The Untold Story of Christa McAuliffe and NASA's Challenger Disaster” by Kevin Cook

Infused with drama, immediacy and compelling characters, 35 years after NASA's revitalization program ended tragically with the Challenger explosion, this book uncovers the untold story of the disastrous order to launch that ill-fated, unforgettable morning.

“Test Gods: Virgin Galactic and the Making of a Modern Astronaut” by Nicholas Schmidle

The remarkable story of the test pilots, engineers, and visionaries behind Virgin Galactic's campaign to build a space tourism company.

“The Mission: A True Story” by David W. Brown

A narrative chronicle of NASA's deep-space mission to Jupiter's ocean moon, Europa, discusses the remarkable work of scientists who overcame formidable hurdles in their effort to determine whether organic life exists elsewhere in the solar system.

“Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth” by Avi Loeb

Harvard's top astronomer lays out his controversial theory that our solar system was recently visited by advanced alien technology from a distant star.

“Across the Airless Wilds: The Lunar Rover and the Triumph of the Final Moon Landings” by Earl Swift

Reveals why extraordinary yet overshadowed final Apollo missions – distinguished by the use of the revolutionary lunar roving vehicle – deserve to be celebrated as the pinnacle of human adventure and exploration.

“Liftoff: Elon Musk and the Desperate Early Days That Launched SpaceX” by Eric Berger

Chronicles the first four historic flights that launched SpaceX, describing how, after three failed attempts, the fourth flight helped transform SpaceX from a shaky startup into the world's leading-edge rocket company.

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