Category Archives: Space Exploration

Book review – Your Ticket to the Universe: A Guide to Exploring the Cosmos

Your Ticket to the Universe: A Guide to Exploring the Cosmos Credit: Smithsonian Books / Bill Anton / Service Station

Your Ticket to the Universe: A Guide to Exploring the Cosmos
Credit: Smithsonian Books / Bill Anton / Service Station

There are a lot of books out there about space and astronomy, often focusing on a particular area of research or perhaps sometimes a bit heavy on the technical side. What if you are looking for a book that is appealing to the general public, both visually and information-wise? Something ideal for newcomers to the subject as well as those who already have a good working knowledge about space exploration?

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Stardust: a journey through the universe in four minutes


The beauty of the universe lends itself naturally to creativity and the imagination, and there is a new short film which illustrates that very eloquently.

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Surprise – the man who ‘jumped from space’ doesn’t like space exploration

Felix Baumgartner during an interview with the media. Credit: Ross Franklin / AP

When Felix Baumgartner made his historic jump from the “edge of space” at about 39 kilometres (24 miles) above the Earth a couple of weeks ago, he was branded a hero. Perhaps deservedly so, becoming the first person to break the speed of sound outside of an airplane or spacecraft, and skydiving from the highest altitude yet achieved. While some people have called his jump little more than a publicity stunt, it did help to invoke a sense of wonder at what we are capable of.

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