I had not heard of the Garn scale of space sickness before. And some stories are sublime, like Rusty Schweickart's story of "being human" in space. This book is mostly suitable for year-olds, too, as long as you're willing to explain to them what a condom is they were once used as urine collection devices , and aren't concerned about your kids loudly resharing some gross story about space vomit. As a bonus for Hitchhiker's Guide fans, towels feature in many of the anecdotes.
Most people think you need fancy equipment and special locations to appreciate the night sky. Each chapter opens with a list of activities that the reader can expect to be able to do after reading it.
I especially appreciate the opening chapter on satellites, which discusses how to spot them and thoroughly explains the reasons why they move across the sky and change in appearance as they do. The book also contains lots of practical advice on photographing sky phenomena. The text is very small, but it makes more room for lots of excellent photos and illustrations, many of them created by the author; all are credited in the captions.
Human space travel has always been as much about imagining possibilities as it has been about actually going to space, and is likely to remain so for some time: even when we start launching humans to Mars, the vast majority of humans will still only be imagining spaceflight. Miller's book takes the reader on a tour of the history of spaceflight, beginning with the "dreamers" who imagined gods among the stars and invented the rocket, inventing science-fiction space travel at the same time.
It proceeds in great detail through the rest of spaceflight history, seamlessly blending discussion of fictional space vehicles and the developing science and engineering of space flight, finally incorporating actual technology development after World War II.
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Unfortunately, and very strangely, the book ends with a "future flight" chapter that appears to have been written somewhere around , and is already woefully out of date the canceled Constellation program features heavily. A few images more recent events have been pasted in, but the book would be better without that chapter.
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The presence of the out-of-date "future" material suggests that this book is made of material reprinted from earlier books; I'm guessing some of its contents go back to this book by Miller. An interesting book that presents a selection of historically great journeys, each richly illustrated with maps and photos. Each story is briefly told, covering about 4 pages of dense text. Three space stories are included in the collection Gagarin's first flight, Apollo 11, and the Voyager missions as well as several others of interest to aerospace and ocean exploration enthusiasts Earhart's transatlantic flight, Solar Impulse, Jacques Cousteau's voyages.
The book includes a predictable selection of male Europeans of the colonial era. The editors also made interesting choices of modern voyagers, including stories about the three indigenous Australian girls who escaped captivity in their kilometer walk along the rabbit-proof fence; the anti-whaling ocean expeditions of Greenpeace; and the trans-Canada run of amputee Terry Fox. The variety of journeys represented invites readers to reflect on what drives humans to travel so far, and what qualities make them successful.
This would be a great resource for a kid looking for ideas and basic information on historical explorers as a springboard for further reading, or for a child who wants to find out about heroic efforts by some relatively unsung heroes. Read more: product review. Become a member of The Planetary Society and together we will create the future of space exploration.
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And many of us adults, too. Read these nonfiction and fiction books with your children to learn more about space — how to be an astronaut, what Mars life would be like, facts about the moon, and what happened to Pluto. Hello World, Solar System by Jill McDonald ages 2 — 5 Perfect for toddlers and preschoolers, this nonfiction book about space is very age-appropriate.
It asks questions and shares basic information in an accessible way. Asteroids and comets often hit this planet. Kids love pop-up.
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A Place for Pluto by Stef Wade, illustrated by Melanie Demmer ages 4 — 8 Pluto used to be one of the famous 9 planets until one day he gets the worst news ever… he is too small to be a planet. He searches the galaxy to find a place he fits. The story skillfully entertains while educating readers about Pluto and other solar system elements. Great artwork throughout this fantastic, emotionally resonate story. Astronaut Busy People by Lucy M.
The book concludes with more information and vocabulary as well as activities. Destination: Space by Seymour Simon 4th grade - 7th grade. Dogs in Space by Nancy Coffelt Kindergarten - 2nd grade. Rey 6th grade - 8th grade.
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