Designer and citizen scientist has been obsessed with space for quite a while. While working for NASA, she founded , a group for citizen scientists who want to participate in space observation with DIY satellites, astro data-crunching apps, and more. In 2013, she was appointed to the National Academy of Sciences Committee For Human Spaceflight.
Now she's written What's It Like in Space?, a delightful mini-coffee table book about all the awkward and beautiful moments you can have in space, based on dozens of interviews with people who have actually been there. We've got a gallery of pages from the book, which combines art with short observations to create an experience that people of all ages can enjoy.
This is the perfect book to fill your brain with wonder and remind you that going to space isn't all about watching our beautiful blue marble and discovering amazing new things. Sometimes it's about mopping pee out of your spacesuit or finding a comfortable sleeping position while strapped to a wall in zero-G. Waldman balances the breathtaking glory of spacewalks with everyday life on the ISS. And along the way, you'll learn that astronaut ice cream is a lie. A lie!
If you're looking for a fun read about life outside the gravity well, check out What's It Like In Space?, which just came out this week from Chronicle Books.