Space Reads

Long before humanity figured out how to travel to other worlds with rockets, we were travelling to them with books. The power that Space has to excite and inspire us, cannot be overstated. Whether it’s a fictional character battling aliens on another world, or the real life stories of the pioneers who first dared to go where no one had gone before, these stories have enriched our lives and shaped our culture in ways that it’s difficult to fully appreciate.

For Space Week, we thought we’d share some of our favourite Space Reads with you. These are books the Space Week team have read and loved, recommendations from our Space Speakers, or recommendations we’ve received from you via social media on #SpaceReads.

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Your local library is an invaluable resource, with countless books available to you for free. We’ve paired up with a selection of libraries around the country to highlight the best in Space books. Find your closest participating library and don’t forget to grab your free* bookmark!

Space Reads Recommendations

  • Dream Big by Dr Niamh Shaw
  • No Dream Is Too High by Buzz Aldrin
  • Brief Answers to the Big Questions by Stephen Hawking
  • An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield
  • Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary Roach
  • A Galaxy of Her Own: Amazing Stories of Women in Space by Libby Jackson
  • Cosmos: The Story of Cosmic Evolution Science and Civilisation by Carl Sagan
  • Demon Haunted World by Carl Sagan
  • Warped Passages: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe’s Hidden Dimensions by Lisa Randall
  • Find Where The Wind Goes by Mae Jemison
  • The Martian by Andy Weir
  • Artimus by Andy Weir
  • Making Contact by Jill Tarter
  • Human Universe by Brian Cox
  • Black Holes: The Reith lectures by Stephen Hawking
  • A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
  • 101 Great Science experiments by Neil Ardley
  • Ada Twist Scientist by Andrea Beaty
  • Rosie Revere Engineer by Andrea Beaty
  • Pale Blue Dot by Carl Sagan

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