Collection Development Audiobooks in Outer Space

In honor of the anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing we’ve created a list of fascinating audios about all things outer space. Everything your patrons want to know about space travel is on audiobooks: there’s the history of the space program, initiatives for space colonization, and even an itinerary for an other worldly vacation.

Endurance
Author: Scott Kelly
Read by: Scott Kelly
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The veteran of four spaceflights and the American record holder for consecutive days spent in space, Scott Kelly has experienced things very few have. Kelly’s humanity, compassion, humor, and determination resonate throughout, as he recalls his rough-and-tumble New Jersey childhood and the youthful inspiration that sparked his astounding career, and as he makes clear his belief that Mars will be the next, ultimately challenging, step in spaceflight.
Rocket Men
Author: Robert Kurson
Read By: Robert Kurson and Ray Porter
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By August 1968, the American space program was in danger of failing in its two most important objectives: to land a man on the Moon by President Kennedy’s end-of-decade deadline, and to triumph over the Soviets in space. With its back against the wall, NASA made an almost unimaginable leap: It would scrap its usual methodical approach and risk everything on a sudden launch, sending the first men in history to the Moon—in just four months.
Beyond Earth
Author: Charles Wohlforth and Amanda R. Hendrix, Ph.D.
Read by: Will Damron
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From a leading planetary scientist and an award-winning science writer, a propulsive account of the developments and initiatives that have transformed the dream of space colonization into something that may well be achievable. Beyond Earth does not offer another wide-eyed technology fantasy: instead, it is grounded not only in the human capacity for invention and the appeal of adventure but also in the bureaucratic, political, and scientific realities that present obstacles to space travel.
The Aliens Are Coming!
Author: Ben Miller
Read by: Ben Miller
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For millennia, we have looked up at the stars and wondered whether we are alone in the universe, but in the last few years—as our probes begin to escape the solar system, and our telescopes reveal thousands of Earthlike planets—scientists have taken huge leaps toward an answer.
Vacation Guide to the Solar System
Imagine taking a hike along the windswept red plains of Mars to dig for signs of life, or touring one of Jupiter’s sixty-four moons where you can photograph its swirling storms. For a shorter trip on a tight budget, the Moon is quite majestic and very quiet if you can make it during the off-season. Packed with full color illustrations and real-world science, Vacation Guide to the Solar System is the must-have planning guide for the curious space adventurer, covering all of the essentials for your next voyage.
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