Children's LiteratureHow can someone see what is going on clear across the world? How do we know what other planets or galaxies look like? How do we know what the world looks like? It is possible through the use of artificial satellites. Spangenburg and Moser provide detailed information with amazing photographs, teaching the reader about this often mysterious subject in space exploration. They begin by introducing the history of the rocket and the birth of artificial satellites, telling the reader about such famous people as Wernher von Braun and Robert Goddard. Next, they discuss the many different types of artificial satellites and how they are used for communications, weather tracking, observing the earth and military purposes. In addition to a glossary and index, the book provides readers with a list of organizations and web sites to visit. Part of the "Out of This World" series, this book is an excellent source for artificial satellite information, allowing both younger and more advanced readers entry into this fascinating topic. 2001, Grolier Publishing, $32.00 and $14.95. Ages 8 to 15. Reviewer: John D. Orsborn
A little over a hundred pages of information will appeal to kids in grades 5-6, offering a fine survey of artificial satellites and their current uses. Color photos pepper a history of satellite discoveries and research uses.
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