Astronauts and Other Space Heroes (Smithsonian Institution Series)

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Who was the first person in space?

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Why shouldn't you eat a sandwich on a space mission?

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Overview

Who was the first person in space?

What does a NASA pad leader do?

When was the first space shuttle launched?

Why shouldn't you eat a sandwich on a space mission?

How do astronauts exercise in space?

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 4-7
Highlighting historic firsts in the efforts to send people into space, this colorful gallery briefly introduces over two dozen astronauts, cosmonauts, and animals, along with such fellow travelers as Jules Verne, George Lucas, and Burt Rutan. The spreads are laid out in scrapbooklike montages; color photos are crookedly "clipped" to ragged pieces of paper on which the captions and simply phrased text are printed. Career time lines are charted on small notebook pages, and larger photos are often used as backgrounds. Several entries end with Web links to educational sites, which are supplemented by a digestible set of print and online resources at the end. Closing with a short interview with longtime Cape Canaveral launchpad supervisor Guenter Wendt, this volume effectively conjures up the human element in events that will seem like (are) ancient history to young readers, and should be as effective in sparking a genuine interest in finding out more about the space program's past and future as it will be useful in support of assignment-driven research.
—John PetersCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060899448
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/1/2007
  • Series: Smithsonian Institution Series
  • Pages: 80
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Sarah L. Thomson is the author of Stars and Stripes: The Story of the American Flag, a Nebraska Golden Sower Award finalist; all the Wildlife Conservation Society I Can Read Books, including Amazing Tigers!, winner of an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award; and What Lincoln Said, written with "admirable simplicity" (ALA Booklist). Sarah lives in Portland, Maine.

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Table of Contents


Blast Off!     6
The Storytellers     8
The Rocket Scientists     10
Animal Astronauts     12
Guenter Wendt     14
Yuri Gagarin     16
Alan Shepard     18
John Glenn     20
The Mercury 13     22
Valentina Tereshkova     24
Ed White     26
Gene Kranz     28
Wally Shirra     30
The Moviemakers     32
Moon Walkers     34
Mike Collins     36
Pete Conrad     38
James Lovell     40
John Young     42
Sally Ride     44
Guion Bluford     46
Challenger 7     48
Mae Jemison     52
Ellen Ochoa     54
Story Musgrave     56
Eileen Collins     58
The Russians     60
Bill Shepherd     62
John Herrington     64
Kalpana Chawla     66
Yang Liwei     68
Burt Rutan     70
The Moon, Mars, and Beyond     72
Meet the Pad Leader     74
Glossary     76
More to See and Read     78
Index     79
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First Chapter

Astronauts and Other Space Heroes FYI

Chapter One

Human beings have always been explorers, wondering what lies beyond the next ridge of mountains or around the next curve of the river.

We have always wanted to go just a little farther, to see just a little more.

And we haven't been content to explore our own small planet. We've looked up at the stars and the other planets, glowing spots of light that seemed to move in graceful patterns. We gave them names, told stories about them, and wondered what they were like. We dreamed of traveling beyond the sky.

In the twentieth century, we began to take our first steps away from Earth into the universe that surrounds us. In this book, you'll read the stories of some people and animals that helped us get there. Not all of them traveled into outer space, but they were all explorers—finding new places, discovering new ideas, and taking people beyond old boundaries. They gave us new ways to look at the planet we live on and the vast universe we live in, a space huge beyond our understanding, waiting to be explored.

Astronauts and Other Space Heroes FYI. Copyright © by Sarah Thomson. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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