Humans should be exploring space, argues astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of New York's Hayden Planetarium and a familiar onscreen presence through the TV series NOVA as well as his recent revamp of Cosmos. In three sections, titled "Why," "How," and "Why Not," Tyson discusses how the idea of space exploration inspires individuals and nations, while maintaining that the benefits of scientific discovery far outweigh the costs -- wsthich are less than one might expect, given that the U.S. military's expenditures in just one year are equivalent to NASA's entire 50-year operating budget. Space enthusiasts will devour this engaging essay collection, while NASA skeptics may want to contemplate a world without the agency's technological legacies, including GPS, cordless power tools, and smoke detectors. Science and Nature Newsletter October 2014.
A great book, easy to read, short essays that convey Tyson's passion about space exploration and science. For anyone old enough to have watched men walk on the moon and for those who want their kids and grandkids to have the same moment of inspiration and awe, this is a great read
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