Space 2.0 is an all-encompassing look at mankind’s race to space. The writing is accessible and includes everything you could want to know about rockets, space travel, and our future amidst the stars. It feels like a well-done textbook, accented with illustrations, historical photography, and artist renderings of imaginative futures.
The book covers a broad scope of topics, diving into every detail of past, present, and future space endeavors. We get a broad range of histories, including the history of space flight, the various space programs throughout the world, the creation of engines and space travel technologies, and the booming private sector. I was floored at how much has constantly been in the works since the beginning of our first space age. There’s no shortage of mysteries in space, and thousands of dedicated people continue to work tirelessly to get us into orbit and beyond.
I was most interested in the discussion of what we could do in space, and what it would take to make that achievable. Movies would have us think it’s as easy as hopping in a ship and turning on the engines, but we don’t see the decades of work it takes to create just one of the billion components in a spaceship. There’s so much to consider, and Space 2.0 dives into these many discussions. The book examines the effects of radiation on human space travelers, the effects of gravity on bone density, and the psychological aspects of long-term confinement within a ship, just to name a few.
If you’re fascinated by the history and science of space travel, Space 2.0 is the book for you. The author has taken great care to provide a thorough examination of mankind’s efforts, cementing this as an essential guide to what future generations will see as space exploration’s days of infancy.
NOTE: I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.
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