Welcome to another edition of Give Me Space! Let's talk about interesting science and news from the last couple of weeks.
Space News You Can Use
SpaceX is back in flight, with their successful Saturday launch and gorgeous first-stage landing. I highly recommend watching the landing video if you haven’t already; it’s the first time the camera on the droneship hasn’t cut out, and it’s pretty spectacular.
CBS has ordered a pilot for The Martian author Andy Weir’s new show Mission Control, which explores the lives of NASA astronauts figuring out their personal and professional lives in a new era of exploration.
My Space and Science Thoughts (with some sci fi mixed in, because it’s me)
Space Matter: Where We Came From (Paste Magazine): NASA selected two missions to asteroids as part of their Discovery Missions programs. What can they tell us about ourselves and the origins of the solar system?
Space Matter: The 2017 Eclipse (Paste Magazine): 2017 will see the first eclipse visible from the contiguous U.S. in three decades. Have you made your plans yet? If not, get on it now.
Astronaut Gene Cernan, the last man on the moon, died on Monday at the age of 82. In honor of his passing, this week I’m recommending his memoir The Last Man on the Moon. I’m also recommending the excellent documentary of the same name, released last year, that discusses the Apollo program through Cernan’s eyes. The Last Man on the Moon is available for streaming on Netflix.