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Space 2.0: How Private Spaceflight, a Resurgent NASA, and International Partners are Creating a New Space Age Audio CD – February 26, 2019
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About the Author
Jack de Golia won AudioFile magazine's Earphones Award in 2018. He was also a 2018 nominee for best mystery narration by the Society of Voice Arts & Sciences. In 2015, he earned the special designation of "Audible Approved Producer" for the quality of his audiobook work.
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Things did not turn out that way...
As the years went by, humankind's future in space seemed more like the butt of a joke than a prediction. After all, we were "The Orphans of Apollo".
After reading noted Space Journalist/Historian/Author Rod Pyle's new book "Space 2.0", all these intervening years, what is currently going on (think Elon Musk) and what is needed to get us to be a space faring race is brought keenly into focus. Is "space hard"? Yes, and Pyle lays all of the details out for us on what the technical, geo-political, governmental, human and societal challenges are and the possibilities that are in many cases being currently worked on to solve these. This is a very grounded in reality optimistic look at what our future can be and why, fundamentally, it is the future we need to be working for. As always with Pyle's writing, it is eminently readable and this is obviously a work of passion on his part, the detail and research is impeccable and very compelling to read.
I highly recommend this book, for the first time in over 35 years I not only can see humans having a future in space, I feel it is inevitable.
To help the average citizen such as me keep track of these rapidly changing developments in space, accomplished author Rod Pyle gives us an excellent guided tour. And what a tour it is! From the halls of SpaceX to NASA to orbit and beyond, we get as close to an insider view of the world of modern spaceflight as an average citizen can get.
Well informed and written text, accompanied by the right balance of illustrations and the amazing space art of artist James Vaughn help to give the average reader a current snapshot of the still-changing developments in space exploration as it stands in early 2019.
This book's not a ticket to space. But FOR NOW at least, it's the next best thing. Get it!
The book discusses both history of space research and possible future ranging from scientific research to economic exploitation of resources in space to possibility the mankind become truly interplanetary species. It describes on one hand obstacles we encounter when entering space such as radiation protection and zero-gravity environment and how to cope with such issues, and on the other hand it shows possibilities the space brings to us.
The book is very nice overview of ongoing projects in cosmic research. In US, it focusses not only on NASA but also on corporations like SpaceX, Virigin Galactic, Blue Origin and ULA (Boeing + Lockheed Martin consortium) and many others. The book also shows the latest develompent in space research programs in Russia, EU, China and India, although it is more or less US-focussed.
I would recommend the book to everybody interested in space research. It seems that the main purpose of the book was to keep you up-to-date on the latest progress in cosmic research and this aim was more than fulfiled.
Many more nations are also joining the space-launch club; it's no longer just the U.S. and Russia. And along with more widespread and affordable launch services come the satellite builders and the providers of all the related items that go into spaceborne industries.
In conjunction with the National Space Society, Rod Pyle gives us here an excellent update on the status of spaceflight. Highly recommended.