Space Sciences Books

Space sciences does more than just satiate our sense of curiosity. It drives innovation that leads to new technologies and spurs economic growth. People draw inspiration from it to learn and to become scientists themselves. It encourages a wider view of the world that goes beyond our own planet and Earth-bound problems. These are just a few reasons to get involved in the field, and you’re sure to find many more in the books in this category.

Space Sciences Books - The Helix Nebula or NGC 7293 in the constellation Aquarius.

Planets, Stars, Comets, and More

Space science is a wide field which includes a number of areas of study. Anything that has to do with outer space is fair game. Some areas are obvious, like space exploration and astronomy. Others you might not have ever heard of, like astrobiology and space medicine. After all, how can we study biology in space if we don’t yet know of any life out there? Well, we can theorize about it, and we can study how our own biology interacts with space environments. Take a look at these unique disciplines and more in the books in this category of Direct Knowledge.

Something for Everyone

The great thing about the breadth of space science is that it means almost anyone can start reading about it. For example, professionals and academics actively work in the field to come up with new technology, algorithms, math, theories and more. For this they need scientific work from other researchers and high level books on new developments and methods.

But regular folks can also find material for learning just for the sake of curiosity. And, it’s very crucial they do so. Science shouldn’t just be something for a select group of people. It should be taken into consideration in all decisions in society. This includes politics where average citizens vote for people who make decisions about scientific topics like health and the environment.

Relevance in Today’s World

Space science can give us insights into the workings of our own planet, but it is also growing in relevance in its own right. Although it feels like a long time ago, the moon landings were fairly recent in the grand scheme of things. And, there is more talk every day about sending humans to Mars, or even creating a lunar base. Some less exciting areas also require space science knowledge, like the use of satellites or potential dangers from solar flares and asteroids.

Space science books for the average person just looking to learn and be aware of new discoveries generally won’t require specific knowledge ahead of time. But, there are also educational books for people with some knowledge, and those for higher-level learners. The other possibility is books looking to teach you how to actively get involved in the field. These focus less on new discoveries and more on the technicalities of the science in the field and how to contribute. Whichever stage you’re at, you’ll find something that fits your level and interests.

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