“In our lives we all in some way contribute to this greater choice, either drawing our collective future down to Earth or thrusting it out closer to the stars.”
Searching for life among the stars, and the math of how much a planet actually costs:
Andy Warhol, Norman Rockwell, Annie Leibovitz, and other icons celebrate space exploration and translate NASA’s mission “to reach for new heights and reveal the unknown” into stunning images
"No appreciation for the wondrous discoveries of modern astronomy and space exploration would be complete without a thoughtful consideration of the foundations of modern science and experimentation that were built by our ancestors. Many of their achievements were attained at great personal or professional cost, and many others were not recognized as important until decades — even centuries — later."
A brief visual history of space and astronomy in 250 milestones:
A whimsical primer on space exploration from 1953 – long before the first man on the moon – written and illustrated by a female author, a remarkable feat for the era.
Artist Trevor Paglen is etching 100 images of mankind onto an ultra-archival disc and sending it into space for eternity, as humanity’s longest-lasting artifact.
Astrophysicists and philosopher of sorts Neil deGrasse Tyson explores the future of space travel in the wake of NASA’s decision to put human space flight essentially on hold, using his signature wit and scientific prowess to lay out an urgent manifesto for the economic, social, moral, and cultural importance of space exploration.
A brilliant mashup video at the link.
A fascinating voyage into the sartorial history of space flight through the parallel history of one of its key technologies: the spacesuit. Blending material science, iconic photography, and intriguing trivia (did you know that the Apollo mission’s computer-backup system was crafted into a binary pattern that was then physically woven into ropes?), the book itself is cleverly constructed as a series of layers corresponding to the 21 layers of the Apollo spacesuit.