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"Houston, we have a winner." - Oprah Magazine

"[A] captivating illustrated collection." - Smithsonian Magazine

"...a delightful mini-coffee table book about all the awkward and beautiful moments you can have in space, based on dozens of interviews with people who have actually been there. If you're looking for a fun read about life outside the gravity well, check out What's It Like In Space?"
- Ars Technica

"This charmingly illustrated book is much meatier than its diminutive size would suggest. These snippets are so clear, so beautifully curated, that they really do leave you with a sense of what it must be like to float miles above Earth." – Entertainment Weekly

About the Author

Ariel Waldman is the global instigator of Science Hack Day, a fellow at the Institute for the Future, a National Academy of Sciences committee member, a White House Champion of Change for Citizen Science, and the founder of Spacehack.org, a directory of ways to participate in space exploration. She lives in San Francisco.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (April 5, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452144761
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452144764
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.6 x 6.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,398 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book was a lot of fun. It's a quick read, and a bit silly in places--but those of those are features, rather than bugs.

It would make a great gift for any space fan of almost any age; I've shared it with kids and teenagers, and they've enjoyed it just as much as I did as a professional working in the aerospace industry.

Relevant to one of the other comments left here, you should know what you are getting into before buying this book. It's not a full length. 75,000 word tome: it's a small book (about the size of a music CD case, I'd guess) that's beautiful to look at and full of intriguing and fun facts about the human experience of being an astronaut in space. If that's what you are looking for, you'll be very satisfied with your purchase. Ms. Waldman is a great story teller with an excellent eye for graphic design, and it shows in this book.
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Space geeks... or wannabes, this book is for YOU! I really love the stories and the fun space art illustrations [I want page 086 as a poster for my office]. I've worked at NASA over 30 years and heard many astronaut stories, but Ariel tells stories I haven't heard before. I loved Don Pettit's luminous dancing fairies, Sandy Magnus' cloud and earth art, and ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst's orange glowing Space Station over Africa. Ariel, thanks for putting these treasures together in a book. Now I have a new go-to space gift for colleagues and friends. I hope one day, as you point out, spaceflight stories won't need to be in a book because it will be as ordinary as traveling by plane.
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All you ever wanted to know about going to space, but didn't have anyone to ask. I loved this book and plan to give it to the young people (of all ages) in my family, to inspire them to always remain curious, daring, and adventurous. And that our planet is a beautiful thing worth protecting.
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In "What’s It Like in Space?: Stories From Astronauts Who’ve Been There", Ariel Waldman compiles an assortment of facts about life working in space. She covers everything from take-off, working in microgravity, and the affects of cosmic rays to eating, sleeping, and using the bathroom. Waldman uses quotes from American Sally Ride, Canadian Chris Hadfield, Iranian Anousheh Ansari, Russian Yuri Gagarin, and more to provide firsthand testimony of the facts she presents. The illustrations that accompany each entry are their own works of pop art and ably convey the concepts Waldman discusses. Waldman’s straightforward writing and obvious enthusiasm will appeal to younger readers first learning about space exploration as well as adults who have already fallen in love with space science. This book will make a nice gift for these audiences and brings to mind such works as Phillis Engelbert and Diane L. Dupuis’ "The Handy Space Answer Book" (1997).
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Fascinating facts that appeal to children, adults, friends, students and medical patients. Good conversation starter info.
I loved it and everyone I know who has read it finds it interesting and fun.
Author has done an A-1 job with the subject
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It is a really fun little book that has lots of conversation fodder about the quirks we humans find when living in space. As a space nerd, it was right up my ally. I'd find it at home on a coffee table for adults or youth library alike.
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You can definitely judge this book by the cover: lighthearted and fun while exploring deep topics from a knowledgeable perspective. I've read a number of books about space and thought I'd heard it all--not true! This book is filled with unique anecdotes and fun stories that give a very personal glimpse into the life of astronauts. No individual entry is too long and they can be read in series or randomly. I highly recommend this book for both adults and kids! It now sits in our living room as a treat for anyone that happens across it at our house.
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Disappointing in that most of the book is graphics, not good explanations or scientific details. Too often the author uses vague descriptions and astronaut comments which are not explained to my satisfaction.. I was expecting more rigor, but it reads like a comic book, and takes about that long to read.

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