Three new books delve into the history and the future of America's space program.
The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story (Grand Central) by Lily Koppel is the fascinating, brightly told story of the resourceful women who were married to the Mercury Seven astronauts, and who in 1959 suddenly found themselves in the media spotlight as well.
Mission to Mars: My Vision for Space Exploration (National Geographic) by Buzz Aldrin is an informed and passionate argument for future flight by the 82-year-old former astronaut who was the second man on the moon.
Rocket Girl: The Story of Mary Sherman Morgan, America's First Female Rocket Scientist (Prometheus) by George D. Morgan is the compelling story of the woman who worked with Wernher von Braun to get the U.S. space program off the ground, but was never recognized for her contribution.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor