Book Review: The Martian
- Published on 29 May 2014
"Andy Weir manages to make a very credible proposal that survival on Mars is not just feasible but practical with a little additional planning and materials"
- Azeem Khan
In the last couple of decades, even before PathFinder left Earth, the next frontier in conquering space has been to visit another planet. Since Venus is a planet completely hostile to any life, Mars has been the logical choice. As we have remarked before elsewhere, even on Earth, human beings live in a very small habitable zone. We simply die without advanced technology if we step out of that crucible. Consequently, a number of missions, mostly satellite probes have been launched to study Mars. Then of course there were the Mars rovers Pathfinder, Spirit, Opportunity (and hopefully Mangalyaan in the future) that actually landed on Mars. This has been necessary to understand what to expect if human beings ever landed there.
Book Review: India's Rise as a Space Power
- Published on 22 March 2014
Book Review: India's Rise As a Space Power
"INDIA: A Bullock Cart No More"
Prof. U R Rao
(He is one of the pillars of Indian space program)
The book India's Rise as a Space Power is the chronicle of India towards that elite area of technology that most nations in the world including most of the G-20 do not have even a toehold in. The narration is by a man who has had a ring side seat to the incredible journey that propelled India into that group of 3%. Indeed, U. R. Rao was a ring-master himself for a brief period which happened to be some of the most tumultuous ones from the Indian political perspective. Nevertheless, his starring role and his work under the stewardship of the doyen of the Indian space programme, Dr. Vikram Sarabhai, provides for some compelling stories in a time when India was new and bold and was striding forward towards its tryst with destiny.
Detailed Book Review - The Rocket Company
- Published on 22 May 2013
"The Rocket Company"
Patrick Stiennon (Author), David Hoerr (Author), Peter Diamandis (Foreword), Doug Birkholz (Illustrator)