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If you've ever wondered what the process of becoming an astronaut is like, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex now has an experience that puts visitors in the shoes of a space explorer in training. The center's Astronaut Training Experience, or ATX for short, features four different simulations, one of which involves microgravity simulation and another virtual reality. The common thread is ...

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"The NASA Archives: 60 Years in Space" by Piers Bizony, Andrew Chaikin and Roger Launius; Taschen (468 pages, $150) ___ Jules Verne's space dreams began with a gun. A big one. In his 1865 sci-fi novel "From the Earth to the Moon," Verne spins a yarn about the Baltimore Gun Club, a weapons society that built a massive cannon - the Columbiad space gun - which would launch three people, including ...

This week’s question was asked by: Alizah Hayes, fifth grader (last year) at Camp Douglas School.

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