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Book Reviews: Otherworldly skies, real and imagined

Emily Lakdawalla • November 02, 2011

Today I'm reviewing -- and recommending -- two art-laden books. Michael Carroll's Drifting on Alien Winds is nonfiction, while the IAAA's The Beauty of Space is an art book, but both books are about describing our understanding of the alien-yet-familiar worlds across our solar system, and what they'd look like if we could stand on them.

Book Reviews: Two books that deliver knowledge in little chunks

Emily Lakdawalla • October 18, 2011

I consider October and November to be book review season. We're well out of the mental coasting of summer and have gotten into the groove of school and work in fall, and are in the relative quiet before the insanity of the season that stretches from Thanksgiving to the New Year, when much of the Western world will be scrambling to shop for presents for friends and family.

Book reviews: T Minus and Laika

Emily Lakdawalla • May 05, 2011

I recently read two graphic novels exploring the early history of spaceflight, and I'd like to recommend both for summer reading. Although the two overlap in time, they couldn't be much more different.

Enjoy a year in space

Emily Lakdawalla • December 09, 2010

Every year, The Planetary Society and Starry Messenger Press collaborate on a "Year in Space" desk calendar, where each week is accompanied by a gorgeous space image.

Book reviews: Killing Pluto; Stars Above; Jars to Stars

Emily Lakdawalla • December 08, 2010

I meant to get these posted weeks ago, along with my reviews of kids' space books, but better late than never!

Stars Above, Earth Below Calendars and other space gifty goodies

Emily Lakdawalla • November 22, 2010

Ever since I first saw Tyler Nordgren's awe-inspiring photographs of the Milky Way arching above the natural wonders of the national parks, I knew I wanted them on my wall. Well, now I can get them, and you can too.

Reviews of Ten Space-themed Books for Kids

Emily Lakdawalla • November 19, 2010

As I did last year, I'm hereby posting reviews and comments on every recent space book for kids that's crossed my desk in the last several months.

Fourth MSL Landing Site Workshop: A review

Emily Lakdawalla • September 27, 2010

Today, tomorrow, and Wednesday, about 200 scientists and engineers will sit in an over-air-conditioned room in Monrovia, California to participate in what is officially titled the "Fourth Mars Science Laboratory Landing Site Community Workshop."

Beyond Earth T-shirt features 23 space missions

Emily Lakdawalla • September 17, 2010

Let other geeks have their T-shirts with fictional space explorers -- now you can emblazon your chest with 23 space missions that have really explored space!

Book review: Older Than the Stars

Emily Lakdawalla • September 14, 2010

Older Than the Stars is a book about Big Bang cosmology, solar system formation, and human evolution for young children.

Review: Phil Plait's Bad Universe, new series on Discovery

Emily Lakdawalla • August 26, 2010

I got an advance copy of the first episode of "Bad Astronomer" Phil Plait's new series Bad Universe today.

Review: "The Complete Sky & Telescope: Seven Decade Collection"

Emily Lakdawalla • August 19, 2010

Sky & Telescope has just issued a set of 10 DVDs that contain every issue of the magazine published from the premier issue in November 1941 through December 2009, chronicling seven decades of scientific discovery and, of course, the entirety of the Space Age.

The solar system, in jewelry form

Emily Lakdawalla • July 01, 2010

A couple of months ago, someone on Twitter sent me a link to an article about Laura Cesari's bead jewelry inspired by the solar system. I thought it was awfully cool.

Reviews of several space-themed books for young children

Emily Lakdawalla • November 05, 2009

While I was on maternity leave I suddenly decided to see what books were out there that could help me teach my daughters (one's three years, and the other six months old) about the science and the thrill of space exploration.

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