New and Noteworthy

Springer, 2020, 217 pp., Hardcover. $49.99. www.springer.com The Mars Curiosity Rover is the most sophisticated mobile laboratory ever deployed on a planet. For over seven years, scores of investigators have planned its daily route and activities, poring over the overwhelming images and data and revising our understanding of planetary surfaces, geology, and potential habitability. This […]
 
Springer, 2019, 258 pp., Paperback. $29.99. www.springer.com This fascinating book provides an accessible and up-to-date overview of modern cosmology. In particular, the book discusses the formation of the Cosmic Microwave Background and the evolution of large-scale structures in the universe, the distribution of galaxies and clusters of galaxies on very large distance scales. Following a […]
 
Princeton University Press, 2020, 304 pp., Hardcover. $27.95. www.press.princeton.edu Where is the best place to find life beyond Earth? We often look to Mars as the most promising site in our solar system, but recent scientific missions have revealed that some of the most habitable real estate may actually lie farther away. Beneath the frozen […]
 
Princeton University Press, 2020, 336 pp., Paperback. $19.95. www.press.princeton.edu Does life exist on Mars? The question has captivated humans for centuries, but today it has taken on new urgency. As space agencies gear up to send the first manned missions to the Red Planet, we have a responsibility to think deeply about what kinds of […]
 
Cambridge University Press, 2021, 320 pp., Hardcover. $125.00. www.cambridge.org Meteorites are fascinating cosmic visitors. Using accessible language, this book documents the history of mineralogy and meteorite research, summarizes the mineralogical characteristics of the myriad varieties of meteorites, and explains the mineralogical characteristics of solar system bodies visited by spacecraft. Some of these bodies contain minerals […]
 
Pegasus Books, 2020, 288 pp., Hardcover. $27.95. www.pegasusbooks.com We have the impression that the solar system is perfectly regular like a clock or a planetarium instrument. On a short timescale it is. But, seen in a longer perspective, the planets, and their satellites, have exciting lives, full of events. For example, did you know that […]
 
Verlag Dr. Friedrich Pfeil, 2020, two volumes in a slipcase, 608 pp., Hardcover. 128.00€. www.pfeil-verlag.de Impact cratering is one of the fundamental processes in the solar system and, with all certainty, beyond. This process played a major role when the planets and their moons began to form from the protoplanetary disk, and throughout planetary evolution […]
 
Mango Publishing, 2020, 256 pp., Hardcover. $19.95. www.mango.bz Humanity is on an astronomical trajectory, and according to aerospace professional and popular science communicator Kellie Gerardi, that future doesn’t rest solely on the shoulders of rocket scientists. Gerardi’s non-traditional path in the space industry shows us that humanity’s next giant leap will require the contributions of artists, […]
 
1000-piece puzzle, 66 x 50 cm finished size. £19.99. shop.newscientist.com This limited-edition puzzle is handmade in Britain from 100% recycled cardboard and packaged in a slim postal box. Each puzzle comes with a special serial-numbered certificate. The puzzle is made with water-based pigment inks and has a matte finish. A sustainable cloth bag is included […]
 
Gareth Stevens, 2021, 32 pp., Hardcover. $26.60. www.garethstevens.com For many years, people believed there were nine planets that orbited the sun. Now we say there are eight. What happened to the ninth planet, Pluto? What are the different planets like? What exactly makes a planet a planet? These are the many intriguing questions answered with […]
 
Produced by Thames & Kosmos. $9.95 www.thamesandkosmos.com Make five colorful, rubbery balls resembling planets in minutes. This kit includes a spherical mold and five colors of polymer granules (red, orange, yellow, blue, and purple) to safely cast up to five planet models. Kids can explore the scientific properties of polymer materials as they learn why […]
 
Sourcebooks, 2020, 40 pp., Hardcover. $17.99. www.sourcebooks.com In this sweet solar system book, Mars is lonely and just wants someone to play with, but the planets are all too busy. That is, until Earth sends her little brother Mars his first friends: the rovers Spirit and Opportunity! With its darling prose and charming illustrations, this […]
 
Rockridge Press, 2020, 98 pp., Paperback. $8.99. Available on Amazon.com Set off on an adventure 4.6 billion years in the making with Geology for Kids. Start at the red-hot center of Earth and learn about each layer until you reach the rocky crust. Discover how mountains, valleys, and oceans form, and uncover secrets about the planet […]
 
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