Explore the Solar System

Posted Feb 24, 2017

Explore the solar system with fiction, non-fiction, and media titles from our collection.  And then join us Monday for Planets Near and Far with Dr. Jean Creighton.


Interstellar directed by Christopher Nolan; starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, and Jessica Chastain

With famine, drought, and disaster, planet Earth is slowly coming to an end, and humankind must find an alternative for survival.  Fortunately a wormhole to another galaxy opened near Saturn, and a team of valiant scientists are willing to risk interstellar travel to explore unchartered territories.  One of these scientists, a former NASA pilot and engineer, Joe Cooper has a difficult decision to make – to stay at home with his son Tom, his daughter Murphy, and his father-in-law Donald or to go on a mission that may save the human race. Interstellar is a space opera complete with science fiction-like physics and an emotionally-driven plot.           

Graphic Novel

Planetes: Volume 1 by Makoto Yukimara

Imagine a world where interplanetary travel is possible, and people journey through space on a regular basis.  Did you think about space trash?  There would be junk everywhere, but thankfully in Planetes, there’s a dedicated team of sanitation workers ready to clean up lethal space debris.  Meet Hachimaki, Yuri, and Fee, the crew of DS-12, a.k.a. the “Toy Box,” a ship employed to remove downed satellites, space stations, and space craft.  Each character has his or her own reason for taking on such a job, and through their adventures they even become unlikely heroes.  Notably, Yukimara’s graphic novel explores philosophical, sociological, and political themes and is authentic to the Japanese original, complete with black and white drawings and color plates. 

Non Fiction

StarTalk: Everything You Ever Need to Know about Space Travel, Sci-Fi, the Human Race, the Universe, and Beyond with Neil deGrasse Tyson

Astrophysicist and StarTalk host Neil deGrasse Tyson takes readers on a whirlwind adventure of Earth, space, and humanity in his latest book.  Combining science, popular culture, and fun, Tyson touches on a number of topics including what NASA feeds their astronauts; what to pack for Mars; and time travel.  In regards to Earth, Tyson explains where storms come from; provides solutions to pollution; and what the future of our water supply looks like.  Then, concerning humanity, deGrasse explores consciousness, creativity, and finding true love.  Each segment is easy to mentally digest, featuring full color photography, quick facts, and relevant quotations.    

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