"Written specifically for those who have been intrigued by or have been developing a growing interest in astronomy and space but have had little time to explore the amazing world of exploding stars, distant galaxies, rovers on other planets, and more."
-Astronomical Society of the Pacific
"A wealth of information in an enjoyable and easy to understand form. Wonderfully clear explanations . . . a perfect reference for any space buff. I read every word, cover to cover, and learned something new on just about every page (really!)." -
Glenn E. Cunningham
Former Project Manager of Nasa's Mars Observer
and Mars Global Surveyor missions
"This is a fabulous treasure trove of space-related information. Delightfully written and illustrated.... This will be a helpful addition to the bookshelves of students and space buffs young and old. Many of us in the space professions whose memories or powers of simple explanation sometimes fail us will also find it a very valuable resource." -
President and CEO, COSI (Ohio's Center of Science & Industry)
and NASA Astronaut (Ret.)
Melanie Melton Knocke (La Crescenta, CA), the former director of science education and public outreach at the Mount Wilson Observatory and Lowell Observatory, is a writer and Web editor for The Planetary Society (http://planetary.org) and the author of Observing for the Fun of It, Will Black Holes Devour the Universe? And 100 Other Questions & Answers about Astronomy, and Astronomy with Binoculars.