Program Alert: “The Science of the Martian”

I hope you’ve cleared your calendars for Saturday afternoon, because the Library will be hosting a seriously cool program on “The Science of The Martian” from 2 to 3 PM in the Lewis Fresh classroom on the main floor.  The movie’s been insanely popular with our patrons, but as almost every staff member can tell you, the book is even better.  It’s laugh-out-loud snarky, extremely suspenseful, uplifting, smart, and best of all, entirely plausible.  If you haven’t read the book or seen the movie yet, now is the best time to get started!  (The book is amazing on audio too, in case you were wondering.)

If you’ve read the book, but you’re looking for more space-exploration books to get in that science-y spirit, keep reading – we’ve hand-picked some great books to keep you entertained!  And click here to register for the program!

mission-to-marsMission to Mars: My Vision for Space Exploration by Buzz Aldrin
629.442 ALDRIN

“Buzz Aldrin speaks out as a vital advocate for the continuing quest to push the boundaries of the universe as we know it. As a pioneering astronaut who first set foot on the moon during mankind’s first landing of Apollo 11– and as an aerospace engineer who designed an orbital rendezvous technique critical to future planetary landings — Aldrin has a vision, and in this book he plots out the path he proposes, taking humans to Mars by 2035.” — Provided by publisher



martian-chroniclesThe Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury

“Bradbury’s Mars is a place of hope, dreams and metaphor-of crystal pillars and fossil seas-where a fine dust settles on the great, empty cities of a silently destroyed civilization. It is here the invaders have come to despoil and commercialize, to grow and to learn -first a trickle, then a torrent, rushing from a world with no future toward a promise of tomorrow. The Earthman conquers Mars … and then is conquered by it, lulled by dangerous lies of comfort and familiarity, and enchanted by the lingering glamour of an ancient, mysterious native race.” — Provided by publisher



rise-of-the-rocket-girlsRise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, From Missiles to the Moon to Mars by Nathalia Holt
629.4072 HOLT

“In the 1940s and 50s, when the newly minted Jet Propulsion Laboratory needed quick-thinking mathematicians to calculate velocities and plot trajectories, they didn’t turn to male graduates. Rather, they recruited an elite group of young women who, with only pencil, paper, and mathematical prowess, transformed rocket design, helped bring about the first American satellites, and made the exploration of the solar system possible. For the first time, Rise of the Rocket Girls tells the stories of these women–known as “human computers”–who broke the boundaries of both gender and science. Based on extensive research and interviews with all the living members of the team, Rise of the Rocket Girls offers a unique perspective on the role of women in science: both where we’ve been, and the far reaches of space to which we’re heading.” — Provided by publisher

packing-for-marsPacking for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary Roach
571.0919 ROACH

“Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer. Space exploration is in some ways an exploration of what it means to be human. How much can a person give up? How much weirdness can they take? What happens to you when you can’t walk for a year? have sex? smell flowers? What happens if you vomit in your helmet during a space walk? Is it possible for the human body to survive a bailout at 17,000 miles per hour? To answer these questions, space agencies set up all manner of quizzical and startlingly bizarre space simulations. As the author discovers, it’s possible to preview space without ever leaving Earth. From the space shuttle training toilet to a crash test of NASA’s new space capsule (cadaver filling in for astronaut), she takes us on a surreally entertaining trip into the science of life in space and space on Earth.” — Provided by publisher

saturn-runSaturn Run by John Sandford & Ctein

“The year is 2066. A Caltech intern inadvertently notices an anomaly from a space telescope–something is approaching Saturn, and decelerating. Space objects don’t decelerate. Spaceships do. A flurry of top-level government meetings produces the inescapable conclusion: Whatever built that ship is at least one hundred years ahead in hard and soft technology, and whoever can get their hands on it exclusively and bring it back will have an advantage so large, no other nation can compete. A conclusion the Chinese definitely agree with when they find out. The race is on, and an remarkable adventure begins–an epic tale of courage, treachery, resourcefulness, secrets, surprises, and astonishing human and technological discovery, as the members of a hastily thrown-together crew find their strength and wits tested against adversaries both of this earth and beyond.” — Provided by publisher



Happy reading, and we hope to see you on Saturday!

—Katie, Adult Reference