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How to Watch the Un-sunlike Sun: Solar Eclipse Tips from Pioneering Astronomer Maria Mitchell
How to Watch the Un-sunlike Sun: Solar Eclipse Tips from Pioneering Astronomer Maria Mitchell

“It is always difficult to teach the man of the people that natural phenomena belong as much to him as to scientific people.”

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Irving Geis’s Pioneering Scientific Illustrations and Diagrams of Imaginary Flight Paths to Venus
Irving Geis’s Pioneering Scientific Illustrations and Diagrams of Imaginary Flight Paths to Venus

What the structure of DNA has to do with interplanetary travel and the cross-pollination of art and science.

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The Art of NASA: Andy Warhol, Annie Leibovitz, Norman Rockwell, and Other Icons Celebrate 50 Years of Space Exploration
The Art of NASA: Andy Warhol, Annie Leibovitz, Norman Rockwell, and Other Icons Celebrate 50 Years of Space Exploration

Celebrated artists translate NASA’s mission “to reach for new heights and reveal the unknown” into stunning images.

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Brian Cox on What Earthly Phenomena Reveal about the Wonders of the Solar System
Brian Cox on What Earthly Phenomena Reveal about the Wonders of the Solar System

“Curiosity is the rocket fuel that powers our civilization.”

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A Brief Visual History of Space and Astronomy in 250 Milestones
A Brief Visual History of Space and Astronomy in 250 Milestones

From the Big Bang to the end of time, or what a pioneering female astronomer has to do with Sagan’s petty nemeses.

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This Is Mars: Mesmerizing Ultra-High-Resolution NASA Photos at the Intersection of Art and Science
This Is Mars: Mesmerizing Ultra-High-Resolution NASA Photos at the Intersection of Art and Science

Unprecedented look at the ever-enchanting Red Planet, at once more palpable and more mysterious than ever.

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How Much a Planet Costs: Astronomy, Economics, and the Trouble with Pricing the Priceless
How Much a Planet Costs: Astronomy, Economics, and the Trouble with Pricing the Priceless

“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.”

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Isaac Asimov’s Wise and Witty Response to Those Who Question the Value of Investing in Space Exploration
Isaac Asimov’s Wise and Witty Response to Those Who Question the Value of Investing in Space Exploration

“The people of the United States spend exactly as much money on booze alone as on the space program.”

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Outer Space Humor: Vintage Illustrated Astro-Jokes from the Zenith of the Space Race
Outer Space Humor: Vintage Illustrated Astro-Jokes from the Zenith of the Space Race

“A visitor from Jupiter, watching a typical Western on television, remarked to a friend: ‘How come the hero has a biped riding on his back?'”

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Neil deGrasse Tyson on Your Ego and the Cosmic Perspective
Neil deGrasse Tyson on Your Ego and the Cosmic Perspective

“All you can do is sit back and bask in your relevance to the cosmos.”

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