Space Age Adventures

Over 100 Terrestrial Sites and Out of This World Stories

Space Age Adventures is now available for preorder at local bookstores, U. Nebraska Press, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon!

The space shuttle test orbiter Enterprise at the Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum in New York City. NASA

I’m excited to announce that the University of Nebraska Press and I have almost completed work on my upcoming book Space Age Adventures: Over 100 Terrestrial Sites and Out of This World Stories!

The book combines a guidebook to over 100 space-related sites across the U.S. with stunning images and a series of dramatic stories that span the Space Age.

The front cover is now complete, and the book is now available for preorders local bookstores, U. Nebraska Press, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon!

The Milky Way silhouettes the Very Large Array in New Mexico. NRAO/AUI/NSF/Jeff Hellerman

From the back cover: When people think about space travel, they usually look skyward. But much of spaceflight history happened down here on Earth. Space Age Adventures presents more than one hundred terrestrial sites across the United States related to space exploration where enthusiasts can have their own space age adventures.

Before astronauts walked on the Moon, they trained at locations you can visit today—from NASA space centers and telescope observatories to impact craters and atomic testing grounds. Inside vast museum hangars, you can walk beneath towering Saturn V rockets left over from the Apollo program, or peer inside American and Soviet capsules. Elsewhere, you can visit historic rocket pads, retired space shuttles, landed SpaceX boosters, and even watch scheduled launches.

Mike Bezemek brings the artifacts and spacecraft to life with interwoven stories that collectively span the entire space age. These stories offer a deeper understanding for the adventures behind the famous images. The combination of terrestrial sites and true stories makes this book the perfect guide for having your own adventures while rediscovering one of the most dramatic eras in human exploration.

Apollo 15 astronaut James Irwin and the lunar rover in front of Mt. Hadley on the moon. NASA

I began exploring space sites in recent years while conducting field research for Discovering the Outlaw Trail and Paddling the John Wesley Powell Route.

A prototype SpaceX Starship launches from Starbase in Texas during 2021. SpaceX

The book will be out in June 2023. As the date approaches, I will increasingly share images from space sites and space history on my Instagram and Facebook feeds. I’ll also be posting space-related articles, stories, and updates here on my website.

The Earth as seen from an automatic camera aboard Apollo 4. NASA

I’m excited to team up with one of the top publishers of spaceflight books in the U.S., University of Nebraska Press, to bring Space Age travel sites and stories to life for new generations of readers and explorers!

Preorder the book at local bookstores, U. Nebraska Press, Barnes & Noble, or Amazon!