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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.

Interstellar: The movie that deserves to be called “Gravity”

Mat Kaplan • November 09, 2014

Mat Kaplan gives his thoughts on the newest space film to hit theatres, "Interstellar."

The Birth of the Modern Universe

Amir Alexander • August 29, 2014

Amir Alexander reviews Alan Hirshfeld's newest book, "Starlight Detectives: How Astronomers, Inventors, and Eccentrics Discovered the Modern Universe."

Neil Armstrong: A Life of Flight By Jay Barbree

Mat Kaplan • July 27, 2014

Mat Kaplan reviews a wonderful new biography on Neil Armstrong, written with the support of Armstrong and many of the other pioneering astronauts.

Book Review: Mars Rover Curiosity: An Inside Account from Curiosity's Chief Engineer, by Rob Manning and William Simon

Emily Lakdawalla • June 20, 2014

I am both elated and relieved that Rob Manning and William Simon have written Mars Rover Curiosity: An Inside Account from Curiosity's Chief Engineer. The book delivers on the promise of its title, in a slender volume that is full of great stories you'll read nowhere else.

On writing Infinitesimal

Amir Alexander • May 08, 2014

Amir Alexander's new book about an epic battle over a mathematical concept that shook the old order and shaped the world as we know it.

Cosmos with Cosmos Episode 12: Encyclopedia Galactica

Casey Dreier • February 05, 2014

Cosmos returns in fine form in its penultimate episode. Sagan explores the historical and scientific precedents for the search for extraterrestrial life (SETI) and our human desires to not be alone in the universe.

Cosmos with Cosmos Episode 11: The Persistence of Memory

Casey Dreier • January 27, 2014

Cosmos stumbles with an episode that is plodding, scattered, and more than a little preachy. This episode will only persist in my memory as a shadow of what could have been.

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