Willy Ley

“Beautifully written. Reveals the vicissitudes of an extraordinarily interesting life.”—Michael J. Neufeld, author of Von Braun: Dreamer of Space, Engineer of War “Willy Ley has been a mystery among spaceflight historians for many years. His role as science writer, advocate, and popularizer is known to many but understood by few. This book unpacks that story.”—Roger D. … Continue reading Willy Ley

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Gatorbytes Behind-the-Story: Microbes to Ecosystems

In April 2015, the University of Florida and the University Press of Florida launched Gatorbytes, a digital book series following the innovative research taking place at UF. Intended to pique the interests of the intellectually curious and to share the stories behind the discoveries being made at UF, the books are written by professional journalists.  “They know how … Continue reading Gatorbytes Behind-the-Story: Microbes to Ecosystems

New GATORBYTE: Microbes to Ecosystems

The University of Florida has an ambitious goal: to harness the power of its faculty, staff, students, and alumni to solve some of society’s most pressing problems and to become a resource for the state of Florida, the nation, and the world. The stories chronicled in Gatorbytes span all colleges and units across the UF campus. They … Continue reading New GATORBYTE: Microbes to Ecosystems

Making and Preserving Space Flight History

Feature image credit: NASA Apollo 11 landed the first people on the moon on July 20, 1969. Forty-eight years ago today, at 02:56:15 UTC, those two men—Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin—became the first to set foot on the moon's surface. "Armstrong quickly scooped a small quantity of soil into his pocket as a 'contingency sample,' should … Continue reading Making and Preserving Space Flight History

New Paperback Release: Trailblazing Mars

“Duggins gives you the how of the process along with the facts. Who knows what trails this book will help blaze. Read on.”—Bill Nye the Science Guy® and executive director of The Planetary Society “Duggins’s timely and engrossing study will interest explorers and armchair astronauts alike, and remind readers of the excitement of outer space.”—Publishers … Continue reading New Paperback Release: Trailblazing Mars

Why We Need to Preserve the Archaeological Sites on the Moon

Written by Beth Laura O’Leary, coauthor of The Final Mission: Preserving NASA’s Apollo Sites   “Fly me to the moon and let me play among the stars.” —“Fly Me to the Moon” (1954) Lyrics and music by Bart Howard   The moon is one of humanity’s oldest fascinations. It plays a part in all cultures … Continue reading Why We Need to Preserve the Archaeological Sites on the Moon

The History of Human Space Flight

“A fascinating human saga of dedication, competition, sacrifice, and achievement.”—Dave Finley, National Radio Astronomy Observatory “An ambitious and thorough history, extending back to the earliest risk takers and innovators who laid the groundwork for the astronauts and cosmonauts who would break the bonds of Earth.”—George Leopold, author of Calculated Risk “Brings many of the personalities … Continue reading The History of Human Space Flight