Frank White, The Overview Effect: Space Exploration and Human Evolution (1998, 1987)
Frank White uses interviews and writings by 29 astronauts and cosmonauts to show how circling the Earth every 90 minutes and viewing it from our moon have profoundly affected their perceptions of themselves, their world and the future. White imagines how a permanent perspective from outer space beyond excessive nationalism can affect politics, religion, social relations, psychology, economics and the hard sciences. Potential rebellion by human space settlers and human contact with extraterrestrial beings are also examined.
Theresa Hitchens, Future Security in Space: Charting a Cooperative Course (2004)
Theresa Hitchens is a former defense issues journalist. She has served as the editor of Defense News, the director of the Center for Defense Information (CDI) in Washington, D.C. and the director of the United Nations Institution for Disarmament Research (UNIDR) in Geneva.
Supervolcanoes on Earth have the potential to extinguish the human family in the absence of human settlements off the homeplanet.
Wernher von Braun, The Mars Project (1991, 1962, 1953)
Wernher von Braun was briefly imprisoned by Heinrich Himmler (Gestapo) during World War II for being suspected of discussing how to send 70 plus humans to Mars instead of bombing London with the V-1 and V-2 rockets. Von Braun became the father of the United States space program. His engineering team created the Saturn V rocket booster that took the first humans to Earth’s moon.
Astronaut Story Musgrave (NASA)
Dr. Story Musgrave is the only astronaut to fly aboard all five United States space shuttles. In addition to photographing Earth from low Earth orbit (LEO) by taking time away from both his sleep and eating schedule during his missions, Dr. Musgrave offers more extensive individual reflection on our past, present and future in the universe through his personal website above. See also spacestory.com for Musgrave’s space photography.