zenith654 t1_j5ynxvh wrote

Most people are giving great recommendations for general astrophysics/cosmology books, so I’ll go a different direction with space exploration history /engineering.

The book “Failure is Not an Option” by Gene Kranz is an autobiography from a NASA flight director who was in Mission Control for Apollo 11 and 13 and documents NASA history from Mercury to Apollo. It does get very technical and nitty gritty but it’s a great read and lets your realize just how complex space exploration is.


zenith654 t1_j3qts4n wrote

Because satellites this is a satellite from decades ago and the US actually has pretty good planned reentries/design for end of life that doesn’t endanger people Vs China still literally drops massive rocket stages on Earth without planning.

Every US rocket has a flight termination system that self destructs if it goes off course to protect the people below, and they’re all launched over the ocean. China just drops the stages on villages as part of its design.