Space S W. A Brief History of Time. New York: Bantam Books, 1998. Print. 24 Hawking, A landmark volume in science writing by one of the great minds of our time, Stephen Hawking’s book explores such profound questions as: How did the universe begin—and what made its start possible? Does time always flow forward? Is the universe unending—or are there boundaries? Are there other dimensions in space? What will happen when it all ends? Told in language we all can understand, A Brief History of Time plunges into the exotic realms of black holes and quarks, of antimatter and “arrows of time,” of the big bang and a bigger God—where the possibilities are wondrous and unexpected. With exciting images and profound imagination, Stephen Hawking brings us closer to the ultimate secrets at the very heart of creation.
Walter, Chip. Space Age. New York: Random House, 1992. Print. A thorough chronological survey of human space flight. An excellent source of information in a general way, covering the technology, politics, and people of the time that made space travel possible. The text includes a large number of high quality images.
Tsiolkovski, K, and Mikhail I. A. Marov. Selected Works. Moscow: Nauka, 2006. Print. The original work, laying down the mathematical framework from which modern rocketry was born. This is an amazing find, with several of the original illustration showing early concepts for reaction machines. A majority of the text is writing describing the principles he used to develop the mathematical calculations that describe basic rocket science.
Harrison, Albert A. Spacefaring: The Human Dimension. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2001. Print. A though book on eveything one would need to know about the human aspect of spaceflight. It is commonly known that the effects of space on the human body can be quite devistating if not understood. Topics include O’Neill, Gerard K, and Brian O’Leary. Space-based Manufacturing from Nonterrestrial Materials: Technical Papers Derived from the 1976 Summer Study at Nasa Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California. New York: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 1977. Print.
Design documentation for a commercial/evacuation spaceport in Ishinomaki, Japan.