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9 Nonfiction Books About Space Travel

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing with these revealing nonfiction reads about exploring the final frontier.

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Leap of Faith

Leap of Faith

By Gordon Cooper


Return to Earth

Return to Earth

By Buzz Aldrin


X-15 Diary

X-15 Diary

By Richard Tregaskis


Challenger: An American Tragedy

Challenger: An American Tragedy

By Hugh Harris


Moon Shot

Moon Shot

By Alan Shepard and Deke Slayton


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Sally Ride: America's First Woman in Space

By Lynn Sherr


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Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race

By Margot Lee Shetterly


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How to Make a Spaceship: A Band of Renegades, an Epic Race, and the Birth of Private Spaceflight

By Julian Guthrie


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An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything

By Chris Hadfield