Exploring space : from Galileo to the Mars Rover and beyond

by Jenkins, Martin, 1959-

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Summary
Launch into a truly out-of-this-world examination of the past, present, and future of humans in space.

For centuries, humans have looked up at the night sky and wondered what it's like deep in space, far from Earth -- and now we've begun to find out. We've landed on the moon, put robots on Mars, and sent space probes billions of miles to explore the far reaches of our solar system. Told in richly detailed cutaway illustrations by Stephen Biesty and friendly, engaging writing by Martin Jenkins, here is the enthralling story of how we made the great leap into space and what we've discovered there. Find out what life is like on the International Space Station, what the chances are that we will ever settle on Mars, where in the solar system we might find alien life, and why visiting other stars will almost certainly remain a dream. Budding astronomers, junior astronauts, and anyone who has ever gazed up at the stars in fascination will pore over this beautifully intricate yet accessible glimpse of the infinite wonders of space.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*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.--Hunter, Sarah Copyright 2017 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Jenkins (Fabulous Frogs) and Biesty-who illustrated the first two books in the Cross-Section series, Into the Unknown and The Story of Buildings-offer a detailed and meticulously illustrated history of space exploration. After a quick overview of the solar system, Jenkins discusses astronomical history and the advances that led to feats including the Voyager and Apollo missions, as well as the development of the International Space Station. Biesty's delicately drafted cross-sections and cutaways let readers peer inside space vessels, the Kennedy Space Center, and other vehicles and dwellings, including a theoretical Mars colony of partially buried interconnecting pods (Jenkins emphasizes that the idea of such colonies "is still only a pretty distant possibility"). The careful and thorough presentation, both in the text and images, offers valuable information for readers fascinated by humanity's efforts to study and explore the stars. Ages 8-12. (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Astronautics -- Juvenile literature.
Astronautics.
Outer space -- Exploration -- History -- Juvenile literature.
Outer space -- Exploration.
Publisher Somerville, Massachusetts :2017.
Edition First U.S. edition.
Contributors Biesty, Stephen, illustrator.
Language English
Description 59 pages : color illustrations ; 30 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 9780763689315
0763689319
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