Beyond the moon
Neil Armstrong's moon landing was the first step; these books deal with later developments in the U.S. space program.
Curiosity: An Inside Look at the Mars Rover Mission and the People Who Made It Happen (Prometheus Books) by Rod Pyle looks at the engineers and scientists who made the mission possible (including "Mohawk Guy") and the adventures of Curiosity, the most advanced machine ever sent to another planet.
Discovery: The Champion of the Space Shuttle Fleet (Zenith Press) by Valerie Neal, curator of human space flight at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, explains Discovery's place in the shuttle program's history with technical details, interviews and photographs.
No Requiem for the Space Age: The Apollo Moon Landings and American Culture (Oxford University Press) by Matthew D. Tribbe is a historian's witty, deeply researched account of why support for the U.S. space program has fallen off so sharply since the 1960s — in part, because of growing distrust of science in American culture.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor