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Asteroids
     

Asteroids

by Isaac Asimov, Richard Hantula (Revised by)
 

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An up-to-the-minute examination of asteroids. Are they debris or minor planets? Timely topics include a visit by the Galileo spacecraft to Gaspra and Ida, the discovery of a new class of asteroid, and the recent doubling of the number of known asteroids to ten thousand. We live in an enormously large place -- the Universe. It is only natural that we would want to

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An up-to-the-minute examination of asteroids. Are they debris or minor planets? Timely topics include a visit by the Galileo spacecraft to Gaspra and Ida, the discovery of a new class of asteroid, and the recent doubling of the number of known asteroids to ten thousand. We live in an enormously large place -- the Universe. It is only natural that we would want to understand this place, so scientists and engineers have developed instruments and spacecrafts that have told us far more about the Universe than we could possibly imagine. We have seen planets up close, and spacecrafts have even landed on some. We have learned about quasars and pulsars, supernovas and colliding galaxies, and black holes and dark matter. We have gathered amazing data about how the Universe may have come into being and how it may end. Nothing could be more astonishing. Many of the objects in the Universe are huge, but many small objects exist in space, as well. These objects would be too small to see if they were very far away from Earth, but some of them are right here in our own Solar System. Hundreds of thousands of minor planets called asteroids travel around the Sun in orbits just as planets do. Some come very close to us, some stay quite far away, and some follow peculiar orbits. Asteroids come in a variety of shapes and sizes.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780836832334
Publisher:
Gareth Stevens Publishing
Publication date:
08/28/2002
Series:
Isaac Asimov's 21st Century Library of the Universe
Edition description:
Revised and Updated Edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
7.96(w) x 10.22(h) x 0.33(d)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

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Meet the Author

Isaac Asimov began his Foundation series at the age of 21, not realizing that it would one day be considered a cornerstone of science fiction. During his legendary career, Asimov penned over 400 books on subjects ranging from science to Shakespeare to history, though he was most loved for his award-winning science fiction sagas. Asimov entertained and educated readers of all ages for close to five decades, until he died, at the age of 72, in April 1992.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
January 20, 1920
Date of Death:
April 6, 1992
Place of Birth:
Petrovichi, Russia
Place of Death:
New York, New York
Education:
Columbia University, B.S. in chemistry, 1939; M.A. in chemistry, 1941; Ph.D. in biochemistry, 1948

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