The Universe if pretty awesome. It's got possible life-harboring moons and exoplanets, stunning galaxies, and mysterious dark matter. And it's all in our cosmic backyard. So shouldn't we know more about it? Kimberly K. Arcand and Megan Watzke think so. Combining stunning images with text geared towards the non-scientist, these two authors take readers on a comprehensive journey through the wonders of space in Your Ticket to the Universe: A Guide to Exploring the Cosmos.
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Arcand and Watzke are no strangers to breaking sometimes complex astronomical concepts down for the everyman. They both work for NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory; Arcand is the media coordinator and Watzke is the press officer. Working for Chandra also means the authors have a long history of firsthand experience dealing with stunning astronomical images. Together, Arcand and Watzke designed and coordinated the From Earth to the Universe project, which, in 2009, brought astronomy to millions of people around the world. They also worked on the From Earth to the Solar System photo project, a collection of high resolution images showcasing discoveries in planetary exploration with a particular focus on the Solar System's origin and evolution and the ongoing search for life.