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Summary

Most of us have never been to space. To date, of the more than 100 billion humans that have ever existed, fewer than 600 humans have ever left Earth. But the exploration of space is the most significant thing we will ever do as a species.

Sarah Cruddas has been looking to the skies her entire life. Her childhood was spent staring at the moon and hearing stories of the space race, and she worked in a fruit factory to fund her love of the subject. Her subsequent career studying astrophysics and becoming a television host and space journalist has seen her report on space exploration and chase launches across the world. In Look Up Sarah explains why she has always been a passionate advocate for why space should matter - to everyone.

From our ancestors who first painted patterns of the stars in caves, to the US and Soviet pioneers who first forged a path beyond our planet, Sarah Cruddas explores the stories and sacrifices that humankind has made to understand more about our place in the universe. And even today, when moon-walking and people in space suits seem less relevant to us than climate change and conflicts here on Earth, she shows how everything from medicine to mobile phones is affected by space technology and how a new generation of entrepreneurs have kick-started a new story with the stars.

This is an inspirational and enlightening introduction to the importance of space to everyone and why we should all learn to look up.

©2020 Sarah Cruddas (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"Sarah Cruddas is a gifted writer and Look Up is an inspired book. I am hopeful that we will never stop looking up." (Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins)

"So full of optimism." (BBC Sky at Night Magazine)

"Practical and philosophical." (Choice Magazine)

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Inspirational

Well worth waiting for. The book covers a lot of things like early flight, the space race, NASA missions and their success and failures to SpaceX and of course the planets. It’s packed with facts and information, but does not overwhelm you. I love it when authors read their own books. Its well written and read. I'm a big fan of Sarah, so this was such a good listen for me.

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makes me feel optimistic about the future. space isn't for the military it's for all of us

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Owch

I love anything about space. And this book is really interesting. Unfortunately it’s a really bad recording. And the woman reading it is really offputting as she has a very monotonous and irritating voice. I don’t mean to be rude about her but she is definitely not someone who should be reading audiobooks.