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Snapshots from Space

by Emily Lakdawalla

Follow the thrilling adventures of planetary missions, past and present, and see the stunningly beautiful photos that they return from space!

Reviews of space-themed books for kids ages 7 and up

Emily Lakdawalla • December 02, 2011

OK, this is my last pile of book reviews for this year: a collection of good books for kids older than mine.

Reviews of two modular toys: Modular Robotics Cubelets and Sifteo Cubes

Emily Lakdawalla • November 30, 2011

OK, these aren't strictly space-related. But they seemed so awesome I couldn't resist buying them, and I imagine they'll appeal to a lot of space geeks as they did to me.

Reviews of space-themed books & products for young children

Emily Lakdawalla • November 30, 2011

As I do every year, I've collected a bunch of new (or relatively new) books and other products on space themes for children.

Book Review: Atlas of the Galilean Satellites, by Paul Schenk

Emily Lakdawalla • November 18, 2011

Not many subjects remain for which it is possible to assemble everything that we know about it in one book. Even for those subjects for which our knowledge is limited, knowledge seems always to be expanding exponentially. This is not true, however, for the Galilean satellites of Jupiter.

Book Review: A More Perfect Heaven, by Dava Sobel

Emily Lakdawalla • November 15, 2011

As with her previous two books Longitude and Galileo's Daughter, Dava Sobel draws heavily on primary sources for her latest book, A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos.

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!

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