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Explore the Universe at the Engineering Library!

We’ve been feeling inspired by the new images from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope so we’ve put together a list of books about exploring outer space that are available for check out here at the Engineering Library.

If you’re looking to learn the very basics or brush up on your knowledge, check out Space Exploration for Dummies by Cynthia Phillips and Shana Priwer or It’s Only Rocket Science: an introduction in plain English by Lucy Rogers.

Space Exploration For Dummies: Cynthia Phillips, Priwer, Shana:  9780470445730: Books

It's ONLY Rocket Science: An Introduction in Plain English (Astronomers'  Universe): Rogers, Lucy: 9780387753775: Books

Learn about where space exploration may go by knowing where we have been with The Smithsonian History of Space Exploration: from the ancient world to the extraterrestrial future by Roger D. Launius or Historical Guide to NASA and the Space Program by Ann Beardsley, C. Tony Garcia, and Joseph Sweeney.

The Smithsonian History of Space Exploration: From the Ancient World to the  Extraterrestrial Future: Launius, Roger D.: 9781588346377: Books

Historical Guide to NASA and the Space Program: Beardsley, Ann, Garcia, C.  Tony, Sweeney, Joseph: 9781442262867: Books

Speaking of history, you can learn about the Webb telescope’s predecessor, the Hubble Telescope in The Universe in a Mirror: the saga of  the Hubble Telescope and the visionaries who built it by Robert Zimmerman, An Acre of Glass: a history and forecast of the telescope by J.B. Zirker, or Chasing Hubble’s Shadows: the search for galaxies at the edge of time by Jeff Kanipe.

An Acre of Glass: A History and Forecast of the Telescope: Zirker, J. B.:  9780801882340: Books

The Universe in a Mirror: The Saga of the Hubble Space Telescope and the  Visionaries Who Built It: Zimmerman, Robert: 9780691146355:  Books

Chasing Hubble's Shadows: The Search for Galaxies at the Edge of Time:  Kanipe, Jeff: 9780809034062: Books

Want to work on the next Mars Rover or other space robot project? Check out Space Invaders: how robotic spacecraft explore the solar system by Michel van Pelt or Robotic Exploration of the Solar System by Paolo Ulivi.

Space Invaders: How Robotic Spacecraft Explore the Solar System: van Pelt,  Michel: 9780387563480: Books

Robotic Exploration of the Solar System: Part I: The Golden Age 1957-1982  (Springer Praxis Books): Ulivi, Paolo, Harland, David M.: 9780387493268: Books

Hear about space exploration from the people who do it with Spacewalker: my journey in space and faith as NASA’s record-setting frequent flyer by Jerry L. Ross, Spaceman: an astronaut’s unlikely journey to unlock the secrets of the universe by Mike Massimino or Reaching for the Moon: the autobiography of NASA Mathematician Katherine Johnson (she was highlighted in the movie Hidden Figures). Spacewalker: My Journey in Space and Faith as NASA's  Record-Setting Frequent Flyer (Purdue Studies in Aeronautics and  Astronautics) eBook : Ross, Jerry L., Norberg, John: Kindle Store


Reaching for the Moon: The Autobiography of NASA Mathematician Katherine  Johnson: Johnson, Katherine: 9781534440838: Books