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Spaceport Earth: The Reinvention of Spaceflight Hardcover – November 28, 2017

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Editorial Reviews


“For anyone obsessed with how spaceflight grew into what it is today, this book is a must-have.”
- Popular Mechanics

“Private companies and rich people like Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos have taken over the exploration of space. Pappalardo explores this new sort of spacefaring at the outer reaches of business and technology.”
- The New York Times ("New and Noteworthy")

“Pappalardo embarks on a journey across America ― and to select launchpads around the world ― to chronicle how commercial players are turning spaceflight into an even more exciting enterprise . . . [Spaceport Earth] shows that the United States did not stop innovating after the space shuttle program.”

Spaceport Earth tackles the ever-changing, 21st-century space industry and what privately funded projects like Elon Musk's SpaceX mean for the future of space travel.”
- Foreign Policy

“It might seem like there's a rocket launch every day now, but in the not-so-distant future the tempo of blastoffs could increase even more. In Spaceport Earth, Joe Pappalardo takes us to future launchpads around the world, showing us how spaceports are being built to launch us into the stars.”
- Popular Science

“When the last space shuttle launched in 2011, it marked what many believed was the end of human flights into space. However, Joe Pappalardo suggests in Spaceport Earth the end is nowhere in sight . . .  a detailed account of the new leaders in the space industry. ”
- Shelf Awareness

“The author’s engaging style and clear explanations of the technology and processes that are involved in the exciting world of commercial spaceflight will delight space buffs, technology enthusiasts, and the general science reader.”
- Library Journal

“Joe Pappalardo has done a service to those who wonder what exactly we have been doing in space since the end of the Space Shuttle era. He travels to he strange sites carved out of jungles and deserts to meet the starry-eyed investors and engineers hoping to create a second great space age. Through scrubs and explosions, big talk and real breakthroughs, he shows us where we are now―with human launches from American soil still tantalizingly just over the next horizon.”
- Margaret Lazarus Dean, author of Leaving Orbit and The Time It Takes to Fall

“A fresh look at where we are here, at the end of the second decade of the twenty-first century as the United States leads the world in what will be a tremendous commercial success . . . [Spaceport Earth] is a wonderful, helpful book.”
- The John Batchelor Show

“Joe Pappalardo takes the reader on a tour of these [commercial spaceport] facilities, and the advances and setbacks they’ve faced. It’s a good introduction for those new to the field, but it’s also a fine read for those familiar with the commercial spaceflight industry. . . Pappalardo has an eye for local color that shines in the book as he describes the places that have or are seeking spaceports and the people who live there . . . Readers of Spaceport Earth will get a good flavor of the development of spaceports and the rise of a commercial launch industry.”
- The Space Review

About the Author

Joe Pappalardo is a contributing editor at Popular Mechanics. His work has also appeared in Smithsonian Air & Space,, Time magazine, American Way, Mental Floss, and Maxim and he has appeared on C-SPAN, CNN, Fox News Channel and the John Batchelor Show.

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  • Publisher : Abrams Press; 1st edition (November 28, 2017)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 256 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1468312782
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1468312782
  • Item Weight : 1 pounds
  • Dimensions : 6.3 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Customer Reviews:
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