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Nasa’s Mars Photos

Life on Mars 3 More Study of Nasa’s Mars Photos By Hunter, Michael G (Book – 2013 )

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First Contact

First Contact – Scientific Breakthroughs in the Hunt for Life beyond Earth, Marc Kaufman, – 2011

The hunt for extra terrestrial life looks more promising. This book is well written by an editor fom the Washington Post. Hardcover, 200 pages.

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Cosmic Challenge

Cosmic Challenge – The Ultimate Observing List for Amateurs By Harrington, Philip S.- 2011

Amateur astronomers will like this book. Each chapter has a ‘challenge’, along with a chart and an interesting discussion. Is it more like a travel guide, describing destinations? Or more akin to a recipe book, helping you locate stars? Hardcover, 450 pages.

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The Edge of Physics

book coverThe Edge of Physics – A Journey to Earth’s Extremes to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe, Anil Ananthaswamy, – 2010

A very readable story about scientists and their quests into secrets of the universe at inaccessible locations worldwide. Hard cover, 300 pages.

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How to Build Your Own Spaceship

book coverHow to Build Your Own Spaceship : the science of personal space travel / Piers Bizony, Plume, 2009

This very readable book will get you up to date with space technology. If you are rich, the book will help you choose your next ride. 200 pages.

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The backyard astronomer’s guide

The backyard astronomer’s guide / Terence Dickinson, Firefly Books, 2008

This large format book is a beauty. It introduces astronomy with large pictures and well written explanations. Learn what telescopes are commercially available, and how to locate stars. Unfortunately, there is not much on homebuilding.

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Cosmic imagery

book coverCosmic imagery : key images in the history of science / John D. Barrow, Bodley Head, 2008, hard cover

This book brings you up to date with the latest advances in science, particularly astronomy. Each topic is mostly self contained, so you can jump in anywhere. Some wonderful images bring the topics to life.