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Gift Ideas From Space Enthusiasts For Space Enthusiasts

Mark Hilverda • November 23, 2018

We’ve rounded up some space gift ideas and recommendations from several of our staff to help bring some of the cosmos into your holidays.

Emily Lakdawalla's Recommended Space Books for Kids, 2018

Emily Lakdawalla • November 14, 2018

Welcome to my 10th annual list of recommended space books for kids! Fiction, nonfiction, biography; poetry, prose, and pictures; it's all here.

A Joyless 'First Man'

Casey Dreier • October 15, 2018

Space fans will enjoy the movie for its depictions of early spaceflight itself. But it avoids the richness and complexity of human experience, leaving behind awe and joy in favor of an emotional landscape as uninviting as the Moon.

Book Announcement and Excerpt: Astronomy for Kids

Bruce Betts • October 13, 2018

For Astronomy Day, Bruce announces his new book Astronomy for Kids, provides excerpts, and gives some bonus planet observing info.

Book Review: The Space Barons

Jason Davis • March 21, 2018

A new book focuses on the eccentric leaders of SpaceX, Blue Origin, and Virgin Galactic.

Emily's recommended space books for kids of all ages, 2017

Emily Lakdawalla • November 15, 2017

Welcome to my ninth annual recommendations and gift guide to books about space, planets, and astronauts for kids of all ages!

Review: 'Discovery' is a bold, new addition to the Star Trek franchise

Jason Davis • September 25, 2017

In a review of Star Trek: Discovery, Jason Davis says he expected Discovery to be a cross between Enterprise and the new reboot movies. Instead, the show turned out to be something else entirely.

Book Review: Sun Moon Earth

Merc Boyan • August 14, 2017

With the North American Total Solar Eclipse coming on August 21, people across the continent are getting eclipse mania! Astronomer Tyler Nordgren has written a detailed book on eclipses with a special focus on the August 21st event.

Hidden Figures: Triumphant in the theater, sobering after

Emily Lakdawalla • January 10, 2017

Go see Hidden Figures, and bring your kids. Despite its serious subject matter, the movie is joyful, often funny, and, in the end, triumphant.

Review: ‘Rogue One’ is Star Wars comfort food

Jason Davis • December 22, 2016

In a review of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Jason Davis says you're more likely to enjoy the film if you embrace it as comfort food—a story line that fits into a larger sequence of Star Wars events you already know.

These are not my Martians

Mat Kaplan • December 19, 2016

Mat Kaplan explains his beef with the National Geographic Mars documentary-drama series.

Future fear, loathing and predjudice: Star Trek VI turns 25

Jason Davis • December 16, 2016

On the 25th anniversary of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Jason Davis says the societal topics the film explores are still relevant today.

Review: New book brings artistry of Apollo photos to your living room

Jason Davis • December 05, 2016

Jason Davis reviews a new photo book showcasing a stunning collection of images taken by NASA's Apollo astronauts from 1968 through 1972.

Review: Arrival’s surprising message of happiness and hope for humanity

Jason Davis • November 30, 2016

In a review of the new sci-fi film Arrival, Jason Davis says there's a lot to like about the movie's surprising message of happiness and hope for humanity.

Emily's recommended space books for kids of all ages, 2016

Emily Lakdawalla • November 22, 2016

Emily's eighth annual kids' space book recommendation post includes lots of new books for kids of all ages, 0 to 18.

Five years after Atlantis' last launch, five favorite stories about the shuttle program

Jason Davis • July 08, 2016

On the five-year anniversary of the final space shuttle launch, Jason Davis shares five of his favorite stories about the program.

2015 Reviews of childrens' books about space

Emily Lakdawalla • November 24, 2015

Continuing an annual tradition, Emily Lakdawalla reviews children's books about space -- what's out there, how we explore, and why. Many of the books on this list aren't just for kids!

Community service: Vetting my local library's children's space books

Emily Lakdawalla • August 12, 2015

Space fans, here is a valuable community service that you can perform in your neighborhood: Vet your school library's space book collections. My kids' elementary school librarian asked me to take a look at the nonfiction space book collection and cull any outdated or just wrong books. I culled quite a few, and am now recommending some replacements.

Book Review: “The Art of Space: The History of Space Art, From the Earliest Visions to the Graphics of the Modern Era”

Mat Kaplan • December 11, 2014

Mat Kaplan reviews a comprehensive new collection of historic and modern space art from author and superb space artist Ron Miller.

Reviews of space-themed books for kids (2014)

Emily Lakdawalla • December 02, 2014

It's that time of year again! I have a pile of great space-themed books for kids of all ages to recommend, both fiction and nonfiction.

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