Space Chronicles by Neil Degrasse Tyson


9 Critic Reviews

An enthusiastic, persuasive case to start probing outer space again.


“A compelling appeal, at just the right time, for continuing to look up.”—Air & Space

America’s space program is at a turning point. After decades 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 explains, 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.


About Neil Degrasse Tyson

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Neil deGrasse Tyson is an astrophysicist with the American Museum of Natural History, director of the world-famous Hayden Planetarium, a monthly columnist for Natural History, and an award-winning author. He has begun production of a new Cosmos series, premiering in early 2013. He lives in New York City.
Published February 27, 2012 by W. W. Norton & Company. 385 pages
Genres: Other, Science & Math, Professional & Technical, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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Nov 15 2011

An enthusiastic, persuasive case to start probing outer space again.

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Reviewed by John Lloyd

. . .a new volume instead, of possibly even half the length, would have been richer and more straightforwardly successful.

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Reviewed by Kate Lunau on Mar 22 2012

People complain that space missions are too expensive, an argument that Tyson is fond of dismantling.

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Reviewed by Matt Blum on Mar 13 2012

. . . he argues better than anyone I’ve seen why it’s a tragedy that the United States has no current vehicle for space exploration. . .

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Reviewed by Andrew Liptak on Apr 11 2012

. . .a wonderful, engaging book that rejuvenated my cynical attitude towards politics and science in the United States.

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The Space Review

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Reviewed by Jeff Foust on Mar 05 2012

. . .the points Tyson makes tend to get diffused, rather than strengthened, through the mix of material in the book.

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Ars Technica

Reviewed by Scott Johnson on Mar 09 2012

As an easily accessible and enjoyable summary of what holds space exploration back and why we should push it forward, the book delivers.

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Coalition for Space Exploration

Reviewed by Leonard David on Mar 15 2012

This is a must-have, easy to read book that anyone caring about NASA, global leadership, and the value of space exploration should own.

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Reviewed by Swapna Krishna on Mar 04 2012

Tyson makes a convincing case for his beliefs, though this book is more than just an argument.

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