If news reports from earlier this year are to be believed, asteroids are high on the list of celestial bodies to be explored - and manipulated. On May 13th, The Telegraph revealed that British astronaut Tim Peake was going to be trained by NASA for an asteroid surface mission. Only weeks earlier, on April 24th, the American company Planetary Resources announced its plans to invest in asteroid mining technology. In the background the impressive exploration data from NASA’s Dawn mission to the asteroid belt trickles in, mainly concerning protoplanets Vesta and Ceres.
Out of the 100 books I read last year, I wanted to highlight a few that I found particularly rewarding.