Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier

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America ’ s space program is at a turning point. After year of global primacy, NASA has ended the space-shuttle program, cutting off its access to space. No astronauts will be launched in an American craft, from American soil, until the 2020s, and NASA may soon find itself eclipsed by other countries ’ space programs.


With his signature wit and thought-provoking insights, Neil deGrasse Tyson—one of our foremost thinkers on all things space—illuminates the past, present, and future of space exploration and brilliantly reminds us why NASA matters now as much as ever. As Tyson reveals, exploring the space frontier can profoundly enrich many aspects of our daily lives, from education systems and the economy to national security and morale. For America to maintain its status as a global leader and a technological innovator, he ask, we must regain our enthusiasm and curiosity about what lies beyond our world.


Provocative, humorous, and wonderfully readable, Space Chronicles represents the best of Tyson ’ s recent commentary, including a must-read prologue on NASA and partisan politics. Reflecting on topics that range from scientific literacy to space-travel missteps, Tyson gives us an urgent, clear-eyed, and ultimately inspiring vision for the future.
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Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier
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Published September 2nd 2014 by W. W. Norton Company (first published January 1st 2012

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Each ssay is a gem; Tyson has excellent points of view about a number of subjects related to space exploration.

Tyson has some very good reasons for this; perhaps the chief reason is that only manned space flights will generate enthusiasm among young people, sufficient to encourage them to become scientists and engineers.

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Space Chronicles: Facing The Ultimate Frontier by Neil deGrasse Tyson “ Space Chronicles " is the inspirational plea of why NASA matters to America and what space exploration means to our species.

Renowned astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson dissects the politics of space and also enlightens the reader of the kind of awe that comes from space exploration and discovery.

his book selections represent commentary, interviews, thought-provoking quotes reflecting a spectrum of fascinating topics from one of our icons of science.

I share the love and awe of science that radiates from Mr. Tyson; this book arouses such emotions in witty, lucid fashion while stressing the importance of America retaining its global leadership in space.

Why Not. The irst part of he novel ( Why) has to do with why we ant to explore space.

Th passionate, engaging prose that reflects the love of science of Mr. Tyson.2.

A history of NASA, the great Apollo ere and the next nineteen years in space.14.

Find out what really drove America to space travel.16.

Thi brief but fascinating account of space discovery.

Astronauts ... the super models of space travel.26.

future of US space travel and the challenges.

he best ustification for why we wan to spend money on space travel.43.

Another memoir is a plea to fund NASA.

No colorful illustrations of space, so his is necessarily a cocktail table book.6.

No one makes a better case for the eed of space exploration and the drive of discovery than Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Space travel is not just an emotional frontier, it is the frontier of all sciences.

Thi being said, some readers may be disappointed that thi book focuses more the emotional appeal to fund NASA than the hardcore science.

That aside, if you nee to rekindle your love for space exploration and discovery by all means read this highly recommended book!

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Space Chronicles is a compilation of ssays, interviews and even tweets by everyone 's favorite astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Space Chronicles' greatest fault is mainly that it is a bit repetitive since it is a compilation of works and they sometimes overlap.

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I expected to love the book by a great astronomer and science populariser, but then I pretty well had to ive up, part way through.There are two problems.

But of course manned missions are very expensive and almost purely political/military in role, so he really does have to ge through some entertaining gymnastics to defend them.But the thing that made me give up was the sheer jingoism of the memoir.

Here 's one example, the words of an interviewer speaking to Tyson ( who Tyson does n't rgue with): 'If we land on Mars, how are we going to know if USA is number one if an American astronaut is standing next to a French guy?

No, we 're going to happen, " Go USA! " Right?' So basically international cooperation like CERN is a waste of time and money- all that 's important, all that space science is about, is nowing that USA is number one.An even better example, as it is purely Tyson 's own remarks is when he is talking about the aerospace industry, bemoaning the loss of US control.

Thi nove on space travel must cover politics, but once it is so hugely politically biased towards one country, however significant it may have een to the aerospace business, it loses credibility.

That is n't book about space science, it 's a rallying cry for Americans.

But a science book is n't the place for such sentiments.

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I enjoyed the vignettes on Space and Astrophysics.

That as an interesting foray into science.

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his is a compilation of previous writings so there are places where points of view get repeated.

( Just half a cent of the budget goes for space exploration folks, for those of you up there in the cheap seats that 's right, half a cent.) Th book raises valid questions and more importantly supplies workable answers and backs it up with data.

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It ’ s a by-product of how thi book was created.If the author had set forth to write the ook that touched on his experiences over the same time frame he could ( and I ’ m sure ould have) created an informative, entertainin, and insightful look at the prospects of the US Manned and unmanned ( i.e. robotic) Space Programs, NASA itself, the technology and it ’ s successes ( e.g. Hubble Space Telescope) and failures ( e.g. Challenger, Columbia, various probes), and the challenges ahead.

If I isolated a few key chapters in “ Space Chronicles ”, then I could write glowingly of this and that, but even 50 pages in I was getting annoyed by the repetition.

Possibl because the range of topics was more varied and there was less repetition.If you are a fan of space& space exploration, then there is good, frankly-reported material here.

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In short: a number of essays where deGrasse Tyson argues that America needs to spend more on NASA and its science and research.

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