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Reads tagged with “space”

The First Book of Space Travel: How a Woman Writer and Illustrator Enchanted Kids with Science in 1953
The First Book of Space Travel: How a Woman Writer and Illustrator Enchanted Kids with Science in 1953

“If I were a fairy godmother, my gift to every child would be curiosity.”

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Stardust: A Mesmerizing Short Film About the Voyager 1 and the Wonder of the Universe
Stardust: A Mesmerizing Short Film About the Voyager 1 and the Wonder of the Universe

The breathtaking beauty and destruction of the cosmos, animated.

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An Illustrated Chronicle of the Space Race
An Illustrated Chronicle of the Space Race

Astronauts vs. cosmonauts, Apollo vs. Sputnik, and what Gagarin had to do with JFK.

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The Best Science Books of 2012
The Best Science Books of 2012

From cosmology to cosmic love, or what your biological clock has to do with diagraming evolution.

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Happy Birthday, Voyager 1: An Animated Adaptation of Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot
Happy Birthday, Voyager 1: An Animated Adaptation of Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot

“The aggregate of our joy and suffering…every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization…every young couple in love…lived there — on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.”

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Willa Cather’s Only Surviving Letter to Her Partner, Edith Lewis
Willa Cather’s Only Surviving Letter to Her Partner, Edith Lewis

“I can’t but believe that all that majesty and all that beauty, those fated and unfailing appearances and exits, are something more than mathematics and horrible temperatures.”

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The Pale Blue Dot: A Timeless Valentine to the Cosmos
The Pale Blue Dot: A Timeless Valentine to the Cosmos

“The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena.”

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The Overview Effect and the Psychology of Cosmic Awe
The Overview Effect and the Psychology of Cosmic Awe

The spirituality of space exploration as self-exploration.

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Mockup Diagram Drawings of the Interior of the Space Shuttle, 1981
Mockup Diagram Drawings of the Interior of the Space Shuttle, 1981

“This is a start to get a ‘feeling’ for space.”

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Ray Bradbury’s Unpublished Poems and His Meditation on Science vs. Religion
Ray Bradbury’s Unpublished Poems and His Meditation on Science vs. Religion

“It is a small thing, this dear gift of life handed us mysteriously out of immensity.”

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