Mon. Mar 27th, 2023

Designer and citizen scientist Ariel Waldman has long been obsessed with space. While working for NASA, she founded Spacehack, a group for citizen scientists who want to get involved in space observing with do-it-yourself satellites, astro data cracking apps, and more. In 2013, she was appointed to the National Academy of Sciences Committee For Human Spaceflight.

Now she is written What’s it like in space?, a delightful mini coffee table book about all the awkward and beautiful moments you can have in space, based on dozens of interviews with people who have actually been there. We have a gallery of pages from the book, which combines art with short observations to create an experience that people of all ages can enjoy.

This is the perfect book to fill your brain with wonder and remind you that going to space isn’t just about looking at our beautiful blue marble and discovering amazing new things. Sometimes it’s about mopping pee out of your space suit or finding a comfortable sleeping position while strapped to a wall in zero-G. Waldman balances the breathtaking glory of spacewalks with everyday life on the ISS. And along the way you learn that astronaut ice cream is a lie. A lie!

If you’re looking for a fun read on life beyond the gravitational well, check it out What’s it like in space?which just came out of Chronicle Books this week.

Frame image by Ariel Waldman/Chronicle Books

By akfire1

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