In honor of the 40th anniversary of STS-1, the first launch of the Columbia Space Shuttle, authors from our Outward Odyssey: A People’s History of Spaceflight Series are coming together on April 10, 2021 for an online event, Columbia and … Continue reading Outward Odyssey Authors: Remembering STS-1
The American Astronautical Society recently announced the 2020 recipients for the Ordway Award for Sustained Excellence in Spaceflight History, including the University of Nebraska Press for the Outward Odyssey series. The Ordway Award is named in memory of Frederick I. Ordway … Continue reading UNP receives the Ordway Award for Sustained Excellence in Spaceflight History
The Outward Odyssey series provides a popular history of spaceflight from the rocket scientists of the 1930s to today, focusing on the lives of astronauts, cosmonauts, technicians, scientists, and their families. These books place equal emphasis on the Soviets and … Continue reading Outward Odyssey Authors Reflect on First Flights
Today is National Astronaut Day! Celebrate by participating in numerous Astronaut Activities or revisit your favorite space book. Author and Nebraska’s only astronaut, Clay Anderson, will be reading today 1:00 p.m. EST on his Facebook Live feed to benefit Reading … Continue reading National Astronaut Day
Book Birthdays celebrate one year of a book’s life in tweets, reviews, and more. This month we’re saying Happy First Birthday to Come Fly with Us: NASA’s Payload Specialist Program (Nebraska, 2019) by Melvin Croft and John Youskauskas. About the Book: … Continue reading Happy Book Birthday to Come Fly with Us!
The author of numerous books, Colin Burgess’s prodigious output is chiefly concerned with the remarkable history of human and robotic space exploration and the pioneering men and women who have ridden rockets into space. Working from his home near Sydney, … Continue reading From the Desk of Colin Burgess: A Salute to Stargazers
Books in the Outward Odyssey: A People’s History of Spaceflight series provide a popular history of spaceflight from the rocket scientists of the 1930s to today, focusing on the lives of astronauts, cosmonauts, technicians, scientists, and their families. These books place equal … Continue reading Series Update: Outward Odyssey
John Youskauskas is a captain for a major fractional business jet operator. He has also served as an aviation safety board member and has contributed to a number of aviation safety publications. He teamed up with co-author Melvin Croft to write … Continue reading From the Desk of John Youskauskas: Precious Cargo
On this day in 1969, the Apollo 11 spacecraft safely returned to Earth from the moon. This excerpt from Go, Flight!: The Unsung Heroes of Mission Control, 1965–1992 (Nebraska, 2015) gives insight to the weight of this accomplishment. From Chapter 7: A Bunch … Continue reading OTD in 1969: Apollo 11 Returns to Earth
Still searching for the perfect Father’s Day gift? We’ve got you covered! Tough Sell: Fighting the Media War in Iraq by Tom Basile “This book masterfully blends military history with politics and media studies, thus representing the truly multifaceted nature of … Continue reading Reading List: Happy Father’s Day!