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National Geographic Backyard Guide to the Night Sky

Written by Howard Schneider
Foreword by Sandy Wood


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: July 7, 2009
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0281-0 (1-4262-0281-4)

Stargazing’s too much fun to leave to astronomers, but often we’re blinded by science—dry facts can easily turn enchantment into a chore. We just want to lie down, look up, and understand the heavens above. The National Geographic Backyard Guide to the Night Sky shows us how.

Authors Howard Schneider and Patricia... Read more >

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Confessions of an Alien Hunter
A Scientist's Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence
Written by Seth Shostak


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: March 17, 2009
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0392-3 (1-4262-0392-6)

Aliens are big in America. Whether they’ve arrived via rocket, flying saucer, or plain old teleportation, they’ve been invading, infiltrating, or inspiring us for decades, and they’ve fascinated moviegoers and television watchers for more than fifty years. About half of us believe that aliens really exist, and millions are convinced they’ve... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Universe Within
The Deep History of the Human Body
Written by Neil Shubin


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 8, 2013
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47327-1 (0-307-47327-9)

In The Universe Within, Neil Shubin reveals the connection between the evolution of the cosmos and the evolution of the human body.

Just as the history of the earth is written in the rocks, so too is the universe’s 14-billion-year history written in the human body. Starting at the smallest level... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.

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The Universe Within
Discovering the Common History of Rocks, Planets, and People
Written by Neil Shubin


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: January 8, 2013
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-37843-9 (0-307-37843-8)

From one of our finest and most popular science writers, and the best-selling author of Your Inner Fish, comes the answer to a scientific mystery as big as the world itself: How are the events that formed our solar system billions of years ago embedded inside each of us?

In Your Inner... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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We Have Capture
Tom Stafford and the Space Race
Written by Thomas P. Stafford and Michael Cassutt


Format: Trade Paperback, 302 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: January 17, 2004
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-101-3 (1-58834-101-1)

What an amazing career. Tom Stafford attained the highest speed ever reached by a test pilot (28,547 mph), carried a cosmonaut’s coffin with Soviet Secretary Leonid Brezhnev, led the team that designed the sequence of missions leading to the original lunar landing, and drafted the original specifications for the B-2 stealth... Read more >
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Our Mathematical Universe
My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality
Written by Max Tegmark


Format: Hardcover, 432 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: January 7, 2014
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-59980-3 (0-307-59980-9)

Max Tegmark leads us on an astonishing journey through past, present and future, and through the physics, astronomy and mathematics that are the foundation of his work, most particularly his hypothesis that our physical reality is a mathematical structure and his theory of the ultimate multiverse. In a dazzling combination of... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Dark Side of the Universe
A Scientist Explores the Mysteries of the Cosmos
Written by James Trefil


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 28, 1989
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-26212-5 (0-385-26212-4)

Award-winning writer James Trefil takes readers on a tantalizing journey to the outer reaches of the universe. Along the way he discusses scientific questions such as; How did the universe begin and what is its ultimate fate? He also explores such phenomena as the Big Bang theory, "Hubble bubbles," and "Wimps."... Read more >

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Space Atlas
Mapping the Universe and Beyond
Written by James Trefil
Foreword by Buzz Aldrin


Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: November 6, 2012
Price: $50.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0971-0 (1-4262-0971-1)

Filled with lavish illustrations, this book is a grand tour of the universe. Three ever widening domains are presented--the planets, the stars, and the large scale universe itself--each including the ones before it and extending outward.

The tour starts close to home within the first domain, our own solar system. There is... Read more >

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Mars Beckons
The Mysteries, the Challenges, the Expectations of Our Next Great Adventure in Space
Written by John Noble Wilford


Format: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 3, 1991
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73531-1 (0-679-73531-3)

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Falling to Earth
An Apollo 15 Astronaut's Journey to the Moon
Written by Al Worden and Francis French
Epilogue by Tom Stafford
Foreword by Dick Gordon


Format: Hardcover, 312 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: July 26, 2011
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-309-3 (1-58834-309-X)

As command module pilot for the Apollo 15 mission to the moon in 1971, Al Worden flew on what is widely regarded as the greatest exploration mission that humans have ever attempted. He spent six days orbiting the moon, including three days completely alone, the most isolated human in existence. During... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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How to Live on Mars
A Trusty Guidebook to Surviving and Thriving on the Red Planet
Written by Robert Zubrin


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: December 2, 2008
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-40718-4 (0-307-40718-7)

Mars is the planet that holds the greatest promise for human colonization. But why speculate about the possibilities when you can get the real scientific scoop from someone who’s been happily living and working there for years? Straight from the not-so-distant future, this intrepid pioneer’s tips for physical, financial, and social... Read more >
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