The Best Texts on Aerospace



Aerospace is a fascinating field and has an abundance of textual material on the subject. Whether interested in a career in space flight or simply a fan, you are bound to find books of interest. Read texts that are essential for aerospace engineers or learn accounts from former astronauts.

“Standard Handbook for Aerospace Engineers, Second Edition”-Brij N. Agrawal, Max F. Platzer

The handbook provides a comprehensive look at aircraft designs along with the materials, processes and techniques used to manufacture vessels used for everything from commercial aviation to space systems. The information was provided by more than 50 specialists in the field spanning a number of disciplines.

“First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong”-James R. Hansen

Neil A. Armstrong became the first person to step foot on the moon in 1969. The words he spoke during that iconic moment have gone down in history. The book provides a glimpse into the life of the man and the astronaut.

“Failure is Not an Option: Mission Control From Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond”-Gene Kranz

Krantz provides a look at space missions spanning from Mercury and Gemini through the Apollo 13. The book offers a unique glimpse into the journey behind various NASA programs from the eyes of a former member of the ground crew.

“The Right Stuff”-Tom Wolfe

This is the book that was later turned into a popular Hollywood movie starring Tom Hanks. The story explains the trials and tribulations early space exploration and the men who made history. Learn more about Conrad, Glenn, Grissom and Yeager who bravely ventured where no other human had dared explore. Read about the challenges their wives faced on the home front in their absence.

“The Case for Mars”-Robert Zubrin

While many believe putting a man on Mars is decades into the future, Zubrin offers a different view. The fascinating read offers his theory for using modern technology and resources to send astronauts to the historic planet within the next decade.

“Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void”-Mary Roach

Astronauts must undergo rigorous training in order to travel and exist in an environment void of everything pleasures that we often take for granted. From living in cramped conditions without gravity to handling basic human needs, the book provides an interesting look at what is required before leaving the planet to living in space.