PositiveThe Space Review... an engaging, enlightening biography about a key figure in astrophysics in the 20th century ... isn’t perfect: it dwells a lot on her childhood, and speeds through much of her Harvard career after her landmark thesis. Nonetheless, it’s an important work in helping bring to light an important, but often overlooked, person in 20th century astrophysics.
RaveThe Space Review...wide-ranging, and...entertaining ... The book is a collection of essays that examines all those aspects of the Moon, and more, and does so in a way that will be thought-provoking even for those familiar with those topics ... each chapter is an adventure in and of itself ... on the page it flows smoothly from one section to the next, a curious writer guiding the reader along a path that brings them back to the beginning, enlightened ... [Morton\'s] ambivalence about our future on the Moon, and the role of the Moon in our future, is made clear in a passage late in the book, after an examination of the Moon’s place in science fiction ... Although it may be retro, it’s clear the Moon is still inspirational for many, including Morton, who still believe—or at least hope—it is a part of humanity’s future, in one manner or another.
Alan Stern and David Grinspoon
RaveThe Space ReviewChasing New Horizons offers a fascinating look at what it took to make New Horizons a reality. There is some discussion of the science of the mission, but the focus is on the development of the mission itself, and the reward that came from decades of work and a realization of a vision to explore a distant world.
PositiveThe Space ReviewThe book is well-written overall, and Kurson interviewed all three members of the Apollo 8 crew for it. If there’s one drawback to it, though, it’s that the story is a familiar one: the books doesn’t really unearth anything new about the mission that had not been discussed in previous books or articles ... Rocket Men is a good book about the Apollo 8 mission, but perhaps one best suited for those not familiar with the mission at all versus those who have already read various books about the mission and are looking for new details. The book, and the mission itself, offer a reminder that sometimes science fiction becomes science fact, if not necessarily the way we envisioned it.