Destined for Space: Our Story of Exploration

Destined for Space: Our Story of Exploration

by Don Nardo
     
 

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Who hasn't looked to the night sky and wondered, what's out there? Miracles of human curiosity, bravery, and science have made it possible to begin answering that question. From wishful stargazing to moon walking to, someday, intergalactic travel, the story of human space exploration is full of daring adventure, incredible machinery, and endless curiosity about our

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Who hasn't looked to the night sky and wondered, what's out there? Miracles of human curiosity, bravery, and science have made it possible to begin answering that question. From wishful stargazing to moon walking to, someday, intergalactic travel, the story of human space exploration is full of daring adventure, incredible machinery, and endless curiosity about our place in the universe.

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Children's Literature - Caitlin Marineau
Curiosity about space has captivated humans for thousands of years. The possibility of flight and the dream to reach beyond our own planet has proved an inspiration for scientists, artists, and authors alike over the generations. This interesting read narrates the history of space exploration, beginning with early astronomers, science fiction authors, and successes in early human flight. The book then discusses the use of rockets to power space travel, the mid-century space race between the U.S. and the Soviets, landing on the moon, and space stations. The book ends on a more speculative note, floating the possibility of bases on the moon and Mars, space tourism, and intergalactic space travel. Nardo pulls off the difficult task of writing fairly detailed descriptions and explanations, while keeping the pace of the book quick and readable. Photographs and illustrations help students visualize the different rockets and space imagery, as well as keep the book bright and visually appealing. Also included are a historical timeline, glossary, bibliography, recommended reading, and index. Highly recommended for students with a strong interest in science and exploration. Reviewer: Caitlin Marineau

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781429675406
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
01/01/2012
Series:
Smithsonian Series
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
NC720L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Historian and award-winning author Don Nardo has written many books for young people about modern history, including studies of the rise of Hitler and Nazism, World War II, international terrorism, and dozens of military topics. In addition, he specializes in ancient history and has published numerous volumes about the histories and cultures of the ancient Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, and peoples of Mesopotamia. Nardo, who also composes and arranges orchestral music, lives with his wife, Christine, in Massachusetts.

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