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August 17, 2012
the Tattered Cover Bookstore will host the Colorado Book Awards Winners’ Reception & Booksigning from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 21. It's at the store's Historic LoDo location, 16th and Wynkoop Streets. Many of this year’s Colorado Book Awards winners will do quick readings/talks about their work. They include Laurena Mayne Davis (Monumental Majesty: 100 Years of Colorado National Monument); Daniel Joseph Watkins (Thomas W. Benton: Artist/Activist); Carol Sue Shride (Lucy Dakota: Adventures of a Modern Explorer Book 1—Rocky Mountain Beginnings); Dan Beachy-Quick (Circle’s Apprentice); Carol Berg (The Soul Mirror); Jeffrey Bennett (Math for Life); Avi (City of Orphans); Thordis Niela Simonsen (Dances in Two Worlds: A Writer-Artist’s Backstory); and Todd Neff (From Jars to the Stars). Can’t make it to the signing? Request an autographed copy at

July 15, 2012
Check out Todd Neff's TEDxMileHigh talk, "Colorado Mavericks," here.
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June 22, 2012
From Jars to the Stars was awarded the 2012 Colorado Book Award for History at the Colorado Humanities and Center for the Book awards ceremony in Aspen, Colo.

April 20, 2012
Todd Neff will be presenting on From Jars to the Stars at the Boulder Rotary Club luncheon on Friday, April 27. Presiding: retired Ball Corp. CEO David Hoover.

April 14, 2012
From Jars to the Stars is one of three finalists in the history category for the 2012 Colorado Book Awards. Winners to be annnounced in Aspen on June 22.

December 28, 2011
Todd Neff spoke with Pat Mack of Colorado Public Radio's Colorado Matters about From Jars to the Stars in an interview airing today. The discussion ranged from the Ball Aerospace-built Kepler planet hunter, Hubble Space Telescope instruments, and the Deep Impact comet mission.

December 12, 2011
Al Bartlett, University of Colorado physics professor emeritus, reviewed From Jars to the Stars in the December 2011 issue of The Physics Teacher. Bartlett, who arrived as faculty in 1950, watched the Rocket Project that launched the Colorado space business (as well as Ball Aerospace and CU-LASP) unfold. In his review he wrote: "This is a wonderful source for students who want to gain some feeling and insight for the aerospace business and the aerospace frontier. The book is easy to read, and if you're a space jockey, this book is for you. The author, Todd Neff, was the science writer for the local Boulder newspaper. He has done an excellent job of bringing the flavor, excitement, frustrations, failures, and successes of a segment of the aerospace industry to the readers of his very fine book."

November 16, 2011
Todd Neff's From Jars to the Stars was honored as a finalist for the American Astronautical Society's 2010 Eugene C. Emme Astronomical Literature Award at the society's annual conference in Houston. Congratulations to the co-winners, John Logsdon, for John F. Kennedy and the Race to the Moon (Palgrave Macmillan); and Asif Saddiqi, for The Red Rockets' Glare: Spaceflight and the Soviet Imagination, 1857-1957 (Cambridge University Press). The other finalist was Mary Roach, for Packing for Mars (W.W. Norton).

July 11, 2011
ColoradoBiz Editor Mike Cote's ColoradoBiz TV interview of "From Jars to the Stars" author Todd Neff is up in three installments:
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

June 17, 2011
ColoradoBiz Editor Mike Cote interviewed "From Jars to the Stars" author Todd Neff for ColoradoBiz TV; the first installment is posted here.

May 19, 2011
Denver's Channel 8 is broadcasting "From Jars to the Stars" author Todd Neff's Denver Press Club talk on the book throughout May (Tues., 9:00 a.m.; Weds., 12:30 p.m.; Thurs., 6 p.m.; Fri., 7:00 & 10:00 p.m.; Sun., 8:30 p.m) or catch it online here.

May 1, 2011
Alvin M. Strauss, a Vanderbilt University engineering professor and director of the Tennessee Space Grant Consortium, reviews “From Jars to the Stars” for CHOICE, a publication of the Association of College & Research Libraries. “This is a well-written book that successfully weaves people, organizations, science, and engineering together to make a very readable and valuable history. Summing Up: Highly recommended,” his review concludes.

April 15, 2011
Todd Neff will be presenting on "From Jars to the Stars" tomorrow, April 16 at 7 p.m. at the Broadway Book Mall, 200 S. Broadway, Denver, tel: 303-744-2665.

February 16, 2011
What a Valentine's Day bash it was. JPL and Lockheed Martin Space Systems engineers pulled off a remarkable success, capturing amazing new shots of the Deep Impact targtet Tempel 1, and even the crater Deep Impact left behind. Check out the Stardust NExT web site for images and some intersting videos.

"From Jars to the Stars" author Todd Neff was in Washington D.C. for the events, signing books at the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center on Saturday, Feb. 12 and at the downtown museum on the National Mall on Sunday, Feb. 13. On Valentine's Day, he presented on the book at NASA Headquarters downtown, receiving a scale model of the comet Tempel 1 in appreciation.

Todd Neff with comet model

February 7, 2011
One week from today, February 14, 2011 -- Valentine's Day -- two of NASA's great recent successes, the Deep Impact and Stardust comet missions, come full circle. That's when the Stardust spacecraft flies past comet 9P/Tempel 1, Deep Impact's target on July 4, 2005. Stardust was, like Deep Impact, an incredible mission. Whereas Deep Impact smashed half of itself in to Tempel 1 and took pictures of the carnage with its surviving half, Stardust raced through the tail of comet Wild 2 in 2004. The spacecraft grabbed particles in a superlight solid called aerogel, and then dropped a capsule encasing the aerogel into the Utah desert in 2006. Now, as a NASA "mission of opportunity," Stardust NExT will take photos of Tempel 1, which is back after a 5.5 year orbit that led it as far astray as Jupiter's neighborhood before the sun pulled it back toward Earth again. So snuggle up with your significant other and tune in to NASA TV at 11:47 p.m. EST/9:47 p.m. MST/8:47 p.m. PST, when the flyby will happen.

February 4, 2011
"From Jars to the Stars" author Todd Neff's guest opinion piece is up at ColoradoBiz. It's about how the more things change in the space business, the more they stay the same.

January 29, 2011
Listen to a 90-minute roundup of "From Jars to the Stars" on The Space Show with Dr. David Livingston, recorded Friday, January 28. Like the book, the talk touches upon everything from the Rocket Project of the late 1940s-early 1950s to the challenges of budgeting modern space missions.

January 27, 2011
The Denver Press Club hosts author Todd Neff's reading/presentation of "From Jars to the Stars" tonight at 6 p.m. Book launch party to follow at 7p in this historic venue. If you're in town, come on down -- 1330 Glenarm Place, across from the Denver Athletic Club.

January 24, 2011,
The Boulder Book Store hosts author Todd Neff's reading of "From Jars to the Stars" at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2010. He'll be doing more a show-and-tell presentation than a straight reading.

Also, on Tuesday morning, Todd will be on KGNU Radio's "How on Earth" with Joel Parker from 8:35 a.m. to 9 a.m. (88.5 a.m. Boulder/1390 a.m. Denver). The archived recording is online here; the interview starts 17:30 into the show and runs about 12 minutes; note the music: Kraftwerk's "Comet Melody," which Joel picked out especially for the occasion. Note that Joel, a space scientist with the Southwest Reserach Institute working on the New Horizons mission to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt, among other things, was working the control board during the interview.

January 10, 2011
A Q&A with "From Jars to the Stars" author Todd Neff appeared in the January 6 edition of University of Colorado Arts & Sciences Magazine("'From Jars to the Stars,' with help from CU.)"

December 20, 2010
Todd Neff writes about 60 years (and counting) of understimating the cost and effort associated with space missions -- and why it'll never change (The Space Review, December 20, 2010).

December 13, 2010
For those in the Denver-Boulder area, mark your calendars for one of three January talks by From Jars to the Stars author Todd Neff:

  • The Boulder Book Store (1107 Pearl Street, Boulder) at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2010. Todd will be joined by a special guest from the pages of From Jars to the Stars at this first public reading in Boulder.
  • University of Colorado LASP (1234 Innovation Drive, Boulder) at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 26. The focus here, at the modern-day evolution of the pioneering CU Rocket Project, will be on the LASP/Ball Aerospace origins story.
  • The historic Denver Press Club (1330 Glenarm Place in downtown Denver) at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 27. Following the reading, join us for the official From Jars to the Stars book-launch party.

December 12, 2010
The Daily Camera reviews From Jars to the Stars.

December 8, 2010
The Planetary Society's Emily Lakdawalla reviews From Jars to the Stars.

November 30, 2010
In the November 26-December 2 edition of the Denver Business Journal, Bruce Goldberg's "Street Talk" column leads with a great rundown of From Jars to the Stars. His column on page A4 is titled, "Ball Aerospace stars in Neff space-history book."

November 18, 2010
Two weeks following the encounter, the images of Hartley 2 continue to amaze. Space scientists are always saying a given bunch of data will keep them busy for years, but thinking about the 120,000 shots-plus-spectra pouring back from the Deep Impact/EPOXI spacecraft, it's hard to be skeptical of them at this point.

The Deep Impact spacecraft has, for trivia buffs out there, brought home images from 40 percent of the comets ever seen up close (okay, two of the five).

We've set up a "From Jars to the Stars" community page on facebook, linked by a fancy Facebook box on this page. There are 100+ photos there, many of which are in the book, many of which are not. Nice thing is, like the e-book versions (iBook, Nook and Kobo still pending; Amazon Kindle available here), the color photos are in color. Note that if you downloaded the Kindle version of "Jars" prior to about November 12, a coding quirk erased the front cover image -- this has been rectified. That version also had a strange, digital-only text gaffe that changed the sentence "Good scientists have much in common with successful entrepreneurs" to "Food scientists have much in common with successful entrepreneurs." This may be true of food scientists, too, of course. So delete the version on your Kindle and re-download it in the next couple of days for a fresher (and, we hope, final) version.