Books by Colin Burgess

Colin Burgess has written a series of interesting books on manned spaceflight and aviation. Some of them can be found at the University of Nebraska Press website. His books include:

  • Australia’s Astronauts: Countdown to a Spaceflight Dream, 2009
  • The First Soviet Cosmonaut Team: Their Lives and Legacies, with Rex Hall, 2009
  • In the Shadow of the Moon: A Challenging Journey to Tranquility, 1965-1969, with Francis French, 2007
  • Into That Silent Sea: Trailblazers of the Space Era, 1961-1965, with Francis French, 2007
  • Animals In Space: From Research Rockets to the Space Shuttle, with Chris Dubbs, 2007
  • NASA’s Scientist-Astronauts, with David Shayler, 2006
  • Fallen Astronauts: Heroes who Died Reaching for the Moon, with Kate Doolan, 2003
  • Teacher In Space: Christa McAuliffe and the Challenger Legacy, 2000
  • Australia’s Astronauts: Three Men and a Spaceflight Dream, 1999
  • Oceans to Orbit: The Story of Australia’s First Man in Space, Paul Scully-Power, 1995
  • Space, the New Frontier, 1987

Reflections on Titan

I found this quote on Stephen van Vuuren’s blog, commemorating the fifth anniversary of the Huygens landing on Titan. These thoughts were made 300 years before Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot:

How vast these Orbs must be, and how inconsiderable this Earth, the Theatre upon which all our mighty Designs, all our Navigations, and all our Wars are transacted, is when compared to them. A very fit consideration, and matter of Reflection, for those Kings and Princes who sacrifice the Lives of so many People, only to flatter their Ambition in being Masters of some pitiful corner of this small Spot.

-Christiaan Huygens, New Conjectures Concerning the Planetary Worlds, Their Inhabitants and Productions, c. 1690.