A rough-ish guide to space exploration from award-winning BBC journalist and space enthusiast, Dallas Campbell.
Need some space? For 250,000 years humans have been firmly rooted to the Earth. And sure it’s got some good things going for it: nice views, friendly people, good coffee… But if you’re looking for a complete change of scene, or just a bit of a break, then this book has all the information you’ll need: A complete guide to getting off the planet, from one of the BBC’s main science journalists and space enthusiasts, Dallas Campbell.
In this, his first book, Dallas delves into the rich and unusual history of space travel, from the Jacobeans to Elon Musk’s Space X. Weaving the stories of the doers and the dreamers, Dallas uses his own experience, as well as interviews from the astronauts, scientists, entrepreneurs and visionaries who can help you leave the planet. From the tortoises that flew to the moon, Nazi flying saucers, a history of the spacesuit, whether or not you need a passport, to hair-raising tales of when it all goes wrong, this is an eclectic, fun and beautifully illustrated ‘mix tape’ of human space travel stories that will appeal to anyone who has dreamed of journeying to space… from the comfort of their armchair.
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