Author: Swanson, Jennifer
The differences and similarities between the deep ocean and outer space.
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Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 6.60
Points: 3.0 Quiz: 195768
School Library Journal (-) (04/01/18)
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School Library Journal - 04/01/2018 Gr 4–7—An engaging overview of the similarities and differences in the scientific fields that explore outer space and the deep sea. Swanson directly addresses readers, telling them what will be expected in their future careers as an astronaut, aquanaut, or in a position where the two overlap. Forewords by Sullivan (astronaut) and Fabien Cousteau (aquanaut) on a diagonally divided spread set up how the book will try (and not always succeed) to give both subjects equal weight. Five chapters cover the extreme environments, training programs, living conditions, the purpose of exploration, and what has been learned so far. Sidebars containing first-person narratives from experienced scientists add authenticity to this title that lacks a bibliography. They range from describing their experiences living in Aquarius, the underwater research laboratory, to describing how it feels to come back to earth after 115 days in space. Unfortunately, references in the present tense to the now out-of-commission Cassini-Huygens probe make this new work feel dated, and the early emphasis on the physical training required may be discouraging to readers of varying ability levels. VERDICT A supplemental STEM purchase.—Kacy Helwick, New Orleans Public Library - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 04/15/2018 There are a lot of similarities between ocean and space exploration, and this attractively designed volume nicely examines the fascinating overlaps. Splashy page layouts with plenty of full-color photos and quotes from scientists who work in each field accompany the clearly written text, which includes pointers for readers interested in careers in ocean or space exploration (or both!). The authors address what it’s like to travel or live in space or underwater; the technology astronauts and aquanauts depend on once there; concerns facing both types of explorers; and the types of work each explorer might do, such as repairing an underwater lab or the ISS and collecting samples for research back on land. Of course, there are differences, too, and each spread points those out as well. The scientists quoted (an even split between men and women) are briefly profiled in the back matter, which includes copious source notes and a lengthy glossary. With an eye toward future advancements and cooperation between NASA and NOAA, this is an inspiring, informative look at two exciting frontiers of exploration. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.