Top 20 Resources to learn about Space

The Space Capital Podcast |

August 24, 2020

While space subject matter experts have years of experience under their belt, it doesn’t mean that you can’t learn from them. Our team has put together a list of resources that have helped us learn more about space and the vast opportunities within it. Here are the top 20 resources from books to reports to website and podcasts.


Top 20 Resources to learn about Space


August 24, 2020


While space subject matter experts have years of experience under their belt, it doesn’t mean that you can’t learn from them. Our team has put together a list of resources that have helped us learn more about space and the vast opportunities within it. Here are the top 20 resources from books to reports to website and podcasts.


Top 20 Resources to learn about Space

While space subject matter experts have years of experience under their belt, it doesn’t mean that you can’t learn from them. Our team has put together a list of resources that have helped us learn more about space and the vast opportunities within it. Here are the top 20 resources from books to reports to website and podcasts.

1. Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier by Neil deGrasse Tyson

Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier by Neil DeGrasse Tyson

America’s space program is at a turning point.  With his signature wit and thought-provoking insights, Neil deGrasse Tyson―one of our foremost thinkers on all things space―illuminates the past, present, and future of space exploration and brilliantly reminds us why NASA matters now as much as ever. As Tyson reveals, exploring the space frontier can profoundly enrich many aspects of our daily lives, from education systems and the economy to national security and morale.  Provocative, humorous, and wonderfully readable, Space Chronicles represents the best of Tyson’s recent commentary, including a must-read prologue on NASA and partisan politics. Reflecting on topics that range from scientific literacy to space-travel missteps, Tyson gives us an urgent, clear-eyed, and ultimately inspiring vision for the future.

2.  Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly 

This #1 New York Times bestseller is the phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America’s greatest achievements in space. 

Among a group of dedicated female mathematicians, there were a group of exceptionally talented African American women, some of the brightest minds of their generation. Starting in World War II and moving through to the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement and the Space Race, Hidden Figures follows the interwoven accounts of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson and Christine Darden, four African American women who participated in some of NASA’s greatest successes. It chronicles their careers over nearly three decades they faced challenges, forged alliances and used their intellect to change their own lives, and their country’s future.

3. Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance

In Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future, veteran technology journalist Ashlee Vance provides the first inside look into the extraordinary life and times of Silicon Valley's most audacious entrepreneur. Written with exclusive access to Musk, his family and friends, the book traces the entrepreneur's journey from a rough upbringing in South Africa to the pinnacle of the global business world.

Vance uses Musk's story to explore one of the pressing questions of our time: can the nation of inventors and creators which led the modern world for a century still compete in an age of fierce global competition?

4. Constellations Podcast

Constellations Podcast

 Connecting You to New Ideas and Experts Shaping Satellite and Space. Constellations connects you to the innovators, business leaders, entrepreneurs and policy makers who are making … and remaking … today’s satellite and space industries.  Past guests have been Daniel Ceperley, CEO and Co-Founder of LeoLabs Space and Adam Maher, CEO, Ursa Space Systems.

5. The GPS Playbook by Space Capital and SVB

Google Maps and the iPhone helped turn GPS data into the foundation of the trillion-dollar industry that spawned Uber, Yelp and Snap. As satellite technology evolves, smart investors should watch companies bridging a similar gap between new types of space hardware and tomorrow's killer apps. In the "The GPS Playbook" from Space Capital and Silicon Valley, it is predicted that space-based Communications and Geospatial Intelligence could generate $1 trillion of equity value over the next decade.

6. The Smithsonian History of Space Exploration by Roger D. Launius

The first in-depth, fully illustrated history of global space discovery and exploration from ancient times to the modern era. The Smithsonian History of Space Exploration is a comprehensive history of international space exploration paired with photographs, illustrations, graphics, and sidebars on key scientific and technological developments, influential figures, and pioneering spacecraft. Former NASA and Smithsonian space curator and historian Roger D. Launius presents human's endeavors to understand the universe, honoring millennia of human curiosity, ingenuity, and achievement.

7. SEDScast Podcast

SEDS USA podcast is run by and for students. SEDScast brings in leaders from the space industry to discuss their careers and how SEDS students can prepare to be the next generation of leaders in space.  They also host standout SEDS members from chapters all over North America to discuss how we can improve SEDS chapters and SEDS as a whole!  SEDScast is available on Spotify and Apple Podcast.

8. The Case for Space by Robert Zubrin

A noted space expert explains the current revolution in spaceflight, where it leads, and why we need it.A new space race has begun. But the rivals in this case are not superpowers but competing entrepreneurs. These daring pioneers are creating a revolution in spaceflight that promises to transform the near future. Astronautical engineer Robert Zubrin spells out the potential of these new developments in an engrossing narrative that is visionary yet grounded by a deep understanding of the practical challenges.

9. Historical Analogs for the Stimulation of Space Commerce by NASA

With the rise of a range of private-sector entrepreneurial firms interested in pursuing space commerce, the process whereby their efforts might be incubated, fostered, and expanded comes to the fore as an important public policy concern in a way never before present in the Space Age. In the United States we are witnessing the convergence of several powerful economic forces, including the need to restore American capability to reach low-Earth orbit (LEO) for the servicing of the International Space Station (ISS) and the rise of a hospitality/tourism/entertainment industry interested in space.

This report explores how to apply more effectively already-tested models of government support for commercial activities, as well as the interactions of both the public and private spheres in a new opportunity zone in space. 

10. Pinpoint: How GPS is Changing Technology, Culture, and Our Minds by Greg Milner

Pinpoint tells the sweeping story of GPS from its conceptual origins as a bomb guidance system to its presence in almost everything we do. Milner examines the different ways humans have understood physical space, delves into the neuroscience of cognitive maps, and questions GPS’s double-edged effect on our culture. A fascinating and original story of the scientific urge toward precision, Pinpoint offers startling insight into how humans understand their place in the world.

11. Anatomy of Next Podcast

Every season of the Anatomy of Next Podcast focuses on a new aspect of space. 

In the second season of Anatomy of Next, explore every aspect of going to Mars, transforming it into a habitable world, and building a new branch of human civilization. How do we bring a cold, dead planet back to life? Can we build an atmosphere on Mars, thaw the frozen plains, and build an ocean? How do we seed a barren land with life, and make a red Mars green? Then, it’s everything from politics and education to money, music, and architecture. What does it mean to be human on an alien world?

12. The Space Capital Podcast

Space Capital is an early stage venture capital firm investing exclusively in the space economy. Join Chad Anderson, Managing Partner of Space Capital, as he explores what’s happening at the cutting edge of this new entrepreneurial space age and speaks to the founders and innovators at the forefront. Listen to episodes wherever you listen to podcasts.

13. Supercluster


Supercluster's mission is to tell the human side of our greatest outer space and is focused on stories of spacecraft, astronauts, and space exploration. Supercluster is a website dedicated to telling these stories from a variety of perspectives of those who are in the industry from journalists to scientists to photojournalists and more.

14. Rocket Billionaires: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the New Space Race by Tim Fernholz

The inside story of the new race to conquer space, as Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos spend billions of their own money to explore the final frontier

For the larger‑than‑life personalities now staking their fortunes on the development of rocket ships, the new race to explore space could be a dead end, a lucrative opportunity — or the key to humanity’s salvation.

Tim Fernholz’s fly‑on‑the‑wall reporting captures an industry in the midst of disruption, as NASA seeks to preserve its ambitious space exploration program, traditional aerospace firms like Boeing and Lockheed Martin scramble to adapt to new competitors, lobbyists tussle over public funds and lawmakers try to prevent this new space race from sparking global conflict.

With privileged access to top executives at SpaceX, including Musk himself, as well as at Blue Origin, NASA, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Orbital ATK, Virgin Galactic, Fernholz spins this high‑stakes marathon into a riveting tale of rivalry and survival.

15. SpaceNews

Space News | Maritime ISR Global

SpaceNews is the most trusted and comprehensive source of news and analysis of the companies, agencies, technologies and trends shaping the global space industry. In print and on the web, SpaceNews sets the authoritative standard for independent space journalism, astute analysis and insightful commentary. SpaceNews is published 16 times a year, is read by thousands of dedicated subscribers and regularly distributed at key trade shows and conferences. The awarding-winning website, SpaceNews.com, delivers essential coverage to a growing audience of more than 500,000 space professionals and enthusiasts. 

16. Houston We Have a Podcast

Houston We Have A Podcast

“Houston We Have a Podcast” is the official podcast of the NASA Johnson Space Center from Houston, Texas, home for NASA’s astronauts and Mission Control Center. Listen to the brightest minds of America’s space agency – astronauts, engineers, scientists and program leaders – discuss exciting topics in engineering, science and technology, sharing their personal stories and expertise on every aspect of human spaceflight. Learn more about how the work being done will help send humans forward to the Moon and on to Mars in the Artemis program.

17. Space.com


Space.com is the premier source of space exploration, innovation and astronomy news, chronicling (and celebrating) humanity's ongoing expansion across the final frontier. We transport our visitors across the solar system and beyond through accessible, comprehensive coverage of the latest news and discoveries. For us, exploring space is as much about the journey as it is the destination. So from skywatching guides and stunning photos of the night sky to rocket launches and breaking news of robotic probes visiting other planets, at Space.com you'll find something amazing every day.

18. Startalk Podcast

The StarTalk® podcast network bridges the intersection between science, pop culture and comedy with clarity, humor and passion. Through their various shows, they explore captivating subjects such as space travel, extra-terrestrial life, the Big Bang, the role science plays in people’s lives, the future of our Earth and the environment, the science behind the most iconic sports plays in history, and breaking news from the universe. Or, as host Neil deGrasse Tyson says, “Everything under the sun; Or rather under the universe!” for an audience of “All the people who never knew how much they’d love learning about space and science.”

19. Main Engine Cutoff Podcast

A weekly podcast from Andrew Colangelo about spaceflight, exploration, policy, and strategy in the modern era and near future.

20. How space technology benefits the Earth by Jeff Greenblatt and Al Anzaldua

credit: NASA

The purpose of this paper is to clarify and explain current and potential benefits of space-based capabilities for life on Earth from environmental, social, and economic perspectives


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Top 20 Resources to learn about Space