Destination: Jupiter

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When the unmanned spacecraft Galileo landed on Jupiter in 1995, what mysteries did it uncover?...

Did you know that...

  • Jupiter is so large that more than 1,300 planet Earths could fit inside.
  • The Great Red Spot on the planet is actually an enormous hurricane that ...
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Overview

When the unmanned spacecraft Galileo landed on Jupiter in 1995, what mysteries did it uncover?...

Did you know that...

  • Jupiter is so large that more than 1,300 planet Earths could fit inside.
  • The Great Red Spot on the planet is actually an enormous hurricane that changes in size and color over the years.
  • A person weighing 100 pounds on Earth would weigh 264 pounds on Jupiter.
  • Life might exist on Europa, one of Jupiter's moons.

Prepare yourself for an amazing voyage through space. Your destination: Jupiter!

Describes the characteristics of the planet Jupiter and its moons, as revealed by photographs sent back by unmanned spaceships.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kristin Harris
In December of 1995, spacecraft Galileo arrived at Jupiter. This planet, the fourth brightest object in the sky, is the largest planet in the solar system. It would take 1300 earths to fill up a hollow Jupiter. A large format picture book with equally large photographs, that gives kids access to the pictures and information obtained from Galileo's orbit around Jupiter. A probe from the spacecraft was sent down into the atmosphere, and it sent back information as it drifted down 100 miles into the atmosphere. Photographs of many of Jupiter's moons show the diverse range of surfaces. This is a fascinating book that conveys a real sense of alien worlds and it will be of interest to kids and adults. .
Children's Literature - Kristin Harris
In December of 1995, spacecraft Galileo arrived at Jupiter. This planet, the fourth brightest object in the sky, is the largest planet in the solar system. It would take 1300 earths to fill up a hollow Jupiter. This large format picture book, with equally large photographs, gives kids access to the pictures and information obtained from Galileo's orbit around Jupiter. A probe from the spacecraft was sent down into the atmosphere, and it sent back information as it drifted down 100 miles into the atmosphere. Photographs of many of Jupiter's moons show the diverse range of surfaces. This is a fascinating book that conveys a real sense of alien worlds and it will be of interest to kids and adults.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4What with falling comets and the recent arrival of the Galileo spacecraft, the past decade has been a busy one for the Jovian systemso here's a timely, thoroughly revised edition of Simon's 1985 Jupiter (Morrow). It incorporates recent events and discoveries into a clearly written, dramatically illustrated tour of our largest planet and its four Galilean moons. Most of the first edition's eye-popping photographs have been replaced by even larger, closer views; those that remain look fresh, sharp, and bright. Similarly, the text has been rewritten, rearranged, and enhanced with plenty of new information about the impact of the Shoemaker-Levy comet, visible changes between the Voyager flybys in the late `70s and Galileo's observations, and the descent of Galileo's probe into the wild Jovian atmosphere. Expertly balancing the verbal and visual presentation, Simon again demonstrates his ability to inform and entertain simultaneously.John Peters, New York Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
An updated version of Simon's 1985 book with more spectacular full-color photographs and much more recent information. Incorporating data from Galileo's trip to the giant planet and new NASA photography, this book delves into Jupiter's atmosphere of 300-mile-per-hour winds, gaseous clouds, and lightning bolts. Fascinating are the pictures of the planet's Red Spot, and "bruises" left by a comet that crashed into it. Simon visits each of Jupiter's moons too, showing the topography of erupting volcanoes on Io and the icy ridges and valleys of Ganymede. As in the original, the pictures are large and focused; the book is a return trip not to be missed. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780064437592
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/28/2000
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 465,415
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Seymour Simon has been called "the dean of the [children's science book] field" by the New York Times. He has written more than 250 books for young readers and has received the American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru Lifetime Achievement Award for his lasting contribution to children's science literature, the Science Books & Films Key Award for Excellence in Science Books, the Empire State Award for excellence in literature for young people, and the Educational Paperback Association Jeremiah Ludington Award. He and his wife, Liz, live in Great Neck, New York. You can visit him online at www.seymoursimon.com, where you can read "Seymour Science Blog" and download a free four-page teacher guide to accompany this book, putting it in context with Common Core objectives. Many of Seymour's award-winning books are also available as ebooks.

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