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Cronicas del espacio : ante la última frontera
2015
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Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson was born in New York City on October 5, 1958. Interested in astronomy since he was a child, Tyson gave lectures on the topic at the age of 15. He attended the Bronx High School of Science and was the editor-in-chief for its Physical Science Journal. After earning a B.A. in Physics from Harvard in 1980, Tyson received an M.A. in Astronomy from the University of Texas at Austin in 1983. He earned his Ph.D. in Astrophysics from Columbia in 1991.

Since 1996, Tyson has held the position of Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at Manhattan's American Museum of Natural History. In 2001, he was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve on the Commission on the Future of the United States Aerospace Industry. In 2004, Tyson joined the President's Commission on Implementation of United States Space Exploration Policy. He has hosted PBS's television show NOVA scienceNOW since 2006. Tyson can also be seen frequently as a guest on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report, and Late Night with Conan O'Brien.

Tyson has written many popular books on astronomy, and he began his "Universe" column for Natural History magazine in 1995. In 2009, he published the bestselling book The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America's Favorite Planet to describe the controversy over Pluto's demotion to dwarf planet. His other books include Accessory to War: The Unspoken alliance between astrophysics and the military.

Tyson was recognized in 2004 with the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, and Time named him one of the 100 Most Influential People of 2007.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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La NASA esta en un punto critico; despues de decadas de supremaciamundial, cancelo su programa de transbordadores cerrando su acceso al espacio. Hasta 2020, ningun astronauta sera lanzado fuera de la orbita terrestre desde suelo estadounidense, y pronto su programa espacial podria ser eclipsado por el de otros paises. Con su caracteristico humor y sus provocadoras ideas, Neil deGrasse Tyson, el celebre presentador del programa Cosmos, ilumina el pasado, el presente y el futuro de laexploracion del espacio y nos recuerda de manera brillante por que la NASA importa mas que nunca. Estas cronicas son una lectura provocadora y agil que representan lo mejor del pensamiento del autor y reflexionan sobre temas tan diversos como la literatura cientifica y los tropiezos de las misiones espaciales, brindando una vision del futuro necesaria, clara y, sobre todo, inspiradora.
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