|Exploring space : from Galileo to the Mars rover and beyond|
Author: Jenkins, Martin
The enthralling story of how we made the great leap into space and what we've discovered there.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 7.50
Points: 3.0 Quiz: 510518
Kirkus Reviews (03/15/17)
School Library Journal (05/01/17)
Booklist (+) (05/01/17)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/07/17)
The Hornbook (00/09/17)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 05/01/2017 Gr 4–8—Jenkins covers everything from ancient Greek astronomers to current scientists considering human travel to Mars. The author explains how increasingly sophisticated telescopes provided valuable data and how developments in rocket technology launched satellites and humans into space. Jenkins also discusses the influence of the Cold War on the space race and how the International Space Station has hosted scientists from five continents. The book addresses challenges and risks to astronauts living in space. While the text is readable and informative, the highlights of the oversize volume are the intricate illustrations. Large, detailed drawings, depicting, for instance, a Mars rover, a communication satellite, a space shuttle, the International Space Station, and a possible Mars colony, are supplemented by dozens of smaller images that will fascinate space buffs. For those who prefer CGI, many of these topics are tackled in the more wide-ranging DK volume Space! In addition, Robert Grayson's Exploring Space emphasizes events of the past 60 years (especially the space race), while Liz Kruesi's Space Exploration focuses on technology. VERDICT This well-crafted overview of historic and potential developments in astronomy and astronautics will hold special appeal for visual learners.—Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University Library, Mankato - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 05/01/2017 *Starred Review* In exceptionally clear prose, Jenkins surveys the history and possible future of space exploration. This oversize volume opens on Voyager 1, which has traveled the farthest of all spacecraft, to explain the sheer enormity of the universe. From there, Jenkins zips back to the beginning, taking logical steps through the history of space exploration, as he covers early discoveries in astronomy, the development of telescopes and rockets, the necessities for human survival in space, unmanned spacecraft and some of their discoveries, and proposed future technologies, including colonies on Mars and the construction of a space elevator. All the while, Jenkins’ engaging, easygoing writing style vividly presents the concepts at hand, and Biesty’s meticulously detailed illustrations are the perfect visual complement. Labeled diagrams with cutaway sections, some taking up an entire page, reveal key components and inner workings of spacecraft and telescopes with scientific accuracy. One spread, describing the challenges of living in zero gravity, is cleverly interspersed with spot illustrations of astronauts upside down, right side up, and sideways while eating, sleeping, and working on the International Space Station. The subject matter is thrilling on its own, but this expert portrayal of the facts makes it all the more captivating. Space-mad kids will want to browse this again and again. - Copyright 2017 Booklist.