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text 2016-08-16 02:25
The history of women at NASA

Yesterday the trailer for Hidden Figures was released. You can watch it here if you haven't yet (or if you want to rewatch). The movie is based on the book Hidden Figures written by Margot Lee Shetterly. It will be released on September 6, 2016. You can pre-order it here.

 

It is a nonfiction book about African American women who worked at NASA specifically Katherine Jackson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson. K. Jackson started working at NASA in 1953. She is still alive, currently 97 and her 98th birthday is in 11 days. Vaughan started working at NACA (pre-cursor to NASA) in 1943 but sadly she passed away in 2008. M. Jackson started working at NACA in 1950 but passed away in 2005. They were all incredibly smart women and were key parts of the Space Race and beyond.

 

I will definitely be buying the book when it comes out. Probably won't see the movies in theaters because I just absolutely hate movie theaters. I prefer watching movies alone at home.

 

The book I am currently reading, Rise of the Rocket Girls by Nathalia Holt is also about the history of women at NASA, just 99.99% about white women. Really. Despite covering the same time period as Hidden Figures, there is only one African American woman in the entire book and her name is Janez Lawson. 

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text 2016-05-28 02:04
Free on Kindle!
 
I enjoyed this one and gave it a four-star rating. 
 
From Smith Publicity:
 
From today through Monday, debut ‘smart’ sci-fi thriller Casimir Bridge, is available for FREE on Kindle. Enjoy the long weekend with tantalizing futuristic technology, deep space adventure, and thrilling plot twists. Casimir Bridge is a nuanced, thought-provoking, and deeply human space opera that draws the reader in and never lets go. Debut author and former NASA Space Shuttle engineer Darren Beyer puts the science back in science fiction with his deep knowledge of space travel and flight to give realism and depth to a genre that all-too-often leans on quixotic and half-baked tropes. 
 
 
"Nefarious bigwigs, collusion and galactic jumps against a cosmic backdrop; readers should definitely want to come back for more.” - Kirkus Reviews
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text 2016-02-11 09:47
Fundstück: Visions of the Future (NASA)

Entweder ist es mir früher einfach nur entgangen, oder die NASA arbeitet kräftig an einem frischeren, jüngeren Image. Jedenfalls kommen aus der Ecke immer häufiger humorvolle, weniger ernste Beiträge bei mir an, die das Thema Raumfahrt auch mal etwas spielerisch angehen. Zum ersten Mal aufgefallen ist es mir mit Astronaut Chris Hadfield, über den ich wiederum durch eine Freundin (hallo, Jule!) gestolpert bin. Wer seine Faszination für den Weltraum verloren hat oder schlichtweg noch nicht gefunden hat, der sollte der Website dieses humorvollen Menschen einen Besuch abstatten und sich das ein oder andere Video ansehen.

Worum es jetzt aber eigentlich geht, das ist die Posterreihe »Visions of the Future«, die kürzlich von der NASA auf deren Website veröffentlicht wurde. Bei dem Titel der Reihe hatte ich zunächst einmal sterile Bildinhalte erwartet, die Aufmachung ist aber farbenfroh und ziemlich retro, was einen Bogen zurück zum ersten großen Weltraumhype in den 60ern schlägt. Bei manchen Bildunterschriften muss man doch wirklich schmunzeln und wenigstens ich bekomme Lust zu einem Buch mit Space-Adventure zu greifen. Vorschläge, liebe Buchwürmer? 

Mir gefällt’s jedenfalls und wer sich auch für solche Dinge begeistern kann, der schaut sich ein paar der tollen Plakate in größer auf der Seite der NASA an.

(Screenshot: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/visions-of-the-future/)

Fundstück: Visions of the Future

Source: moyasbuchgewimmel.de/fundstueck-visions-of-the-future-nasa
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review 2016-02-05 17:21
Review of 172 Hours on the Moon By Johan Harstad
172 Hours on the Moon - Tara F. Chace,Johan Harstad

**SPOILER FREE**

 

OH MY GOD, THIS BOOK!

 

Just finished this book and I feel like my head just exploded! This one is a sci-fi/horror targeted for young adult readers. 

 

NASA has been suffering from lack of interest, and lack of funding. They haven't sent anyone to the moon since 1972. NASA decided to hold a lottery for teenagers to be sent up on the next trip to the moon. Mia, Midori, and Antoine are the lucky winners. (Or not so lucky!) I cant say too much about what happens on the moon without spoiling the whole book. However, THEY ARE BEING LIED TO! 

 

We follow different perspectives and while that added to the creepy and mysterious feel to the book, it was often hard to tell who was speaking and when. There wasn't clear indicators who was talking. I also found myself not really becoming attached to any of the characters, but somehow that didn't really lessen the experience of reading it. Another aspect I didn't care for about the characters was the INSTA-LOVE. Antoine and Mia are throwing around the words I love you a week into meeting each other. We also get perspectives from the side characters, the astronauts. I did enjoy that.

 

You can really see how much research was done to write this book. Everything from NASA history, to Japanese folk stories, was looked at to make this book accurate. I loved this book because it truly freaked me out, and kept me guessing about what is happening to them on the moon. A pleasant surprise I didn't know going into this book was its graphic designs. We have eerie photos, letters, and text. They really added to the overall dark and creepy feel to the book.

 

I would definitely recommend this one to all readers! 

 

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