Children's Literature - Annie Laura SmithThe book provides information about the 100 Year Starship advanced technology initiative to search for planets in faraway systems. This is a new initiative with the goal of making human space travel to another star possible within the next 100 years. The five chapters include: "Giant Leaps in History," "Journey to the Stars," "Designing a Starship," "Living in Interstellar Space," and "Here and Now." A timeline, sidebars, archival and contemporary photos all complement the text. This material greatly enhances the readability and subsequent comprehension of the Starship initiative and each respective topic in "The Dr. Jemison and 100 Year Starship" series. Elementary school readers receive a solid overview of NASA's space exploration program, with details about the technology involved in these endeavors. A "Studying the Sun from Space" section shows the instruments involved in this endeavor. The "Solar Probe" series of missions begun in 2010 will continue well into the future. "True Statistics" provide scientific facts about the sun. A list of books and websites for further information is included, as is a list of important words. An index affords easy navigation through the text. The "About the Authors" passage explains that Dr. Jemison is leading 100 Year Starship (100YSS). Dana Meachen Rau has published other books in history, science, and cooking. Additional books in "The Dr. Jemison and 100 Year Starship" series include: Exploring Our Sun, Discovering New Planets, and Journey Through Our Solar System. Reviewer: Annie Laura Smith
School Library JournalGr 3�5—These titles offer properly tantalizing surveys of our local stellar neighborhood and its ongoing exploration. "The 100 Year Starship" initiative aims "to investigate, research, and prepare for humans to travel beyond our solar system to other stars." Each volume opens by asking readers two true or false questions, promising they'll "find the answer in this book." Despite handsome packaging, star-quality authors, helpful time lines, closing "True Statistics" summaries, and resource lists with online extensions, the information is readily available in existing sets. The illustrations feature an undifferentiated mix of photos and speculative paintings, and the texts contain moot claims, such as that the Big Bang began with a particle and that atoms "are the tiniest forms of matter." The unbalanced focus on the U.S.'s space program and probes means that astronauts from Russia and China are mentioned only briefly and creates a misleading impression that NASA has been the whole show.
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