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Exploring Saturn
     

Exploring Saturn

by Dan Bortolotti
 

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An illustrated preview to the Cassini-Huygens mission arriving at Saturn in 2004.

Exploring Saturn is a lively, informative way for students to fully appreciate and understand the Cassini orbiter's historic rendezvous with the ringed planet in 2004. It features Cassini's 4-year mission details including the breakaway Huygens probe that will plummet

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An illustrated preview to the Cassini-Huygens mission arriving at Saturn in 2004.

Exploring Saturn is a lively, informative way for students to fully appreciate and understand the Cassini orbiter's historic rendezvous with the ringed planet in 2004. It features Cassini's 4-year mission details including the breakaway Huygens probe that will plummet to Saturn's largest moon, Titan — the only moon in our solar system with an atmosphere. The data gathered from the Cassini-Huygens mission will help scientists to unravel Saturn's many mysteries, answer questions about Earth's formation, and investigate the possibility of life on other planets.

Exploring Saturn tells the remarkable story of discovering Saturn and its moons. Ancient astronomers estimated with surprising accuracy the distance, weight, and composition of Saturn using little more than observation and elementary physics. The book includes the latest findings from NASA as well as stunning color images from the Hubble Space Telescope, Voyager and Pioneer probes.

Included are practical website resources and a six-year schedule and location guide for backyard observations of the planet. The informative text is lively and conversational-easily accessible by students and amateur astronomers.

Editorial Reviews

CM - Thomas F. Chambers
Easy to understand... clearly written... an excellent reference book.
Booklist / RBB - Carolyn Phelan
This appealing presentation features a well-organized and engaging text as well as many exceptionally clear, colorful illustrations... the lively writing and excellent illustrations make this very accessible.
Resource Links - Heather Empey
Absolutely packed with information... The pages are full of interesting information with strategically placed pictures and illustrations so that you are not overwhelmed by the text. This is a fantastic book.
Olympia Olympian - Sharon Wooton
Like a visit from an old friend, complete with photos and anecdotes. A lot can be learned from this easy read.
Sky and Telescope
This book will provide children ages 9 to 13 with an overview of Saturn's mythology and observational history... Even adults may learn something.
Children's Literature
Did you know that the planet Saturn gives us the word Saturday? Do you know what a Moon Dance is? What is the weight of the largest spacecraft ever launched? Just what is Saturn's ring system? Questions like these are answered as the reader is guided through the book. Bortolotti gives historical information opening with the ancient Greeks and Babylonians observations. History proves just how reliable those observations were. Along with this historical information, the book also includes the latest finding from NASA, colored images from the Hubble Space Telescope, Voyager and Pioneer probes. Each chapter is from two to six pages and each have outstanding colored pictures. The comprehensive text is well-organized and appealing. The short chapters are well suited for young astronomers, and allow for easy reading. The last eleven pages are charted goals and scientific instruments for both Cassini and Huygens, The ring tilts for Saturn from the year 2003 through 2010, the ring system, satellites, and how the Earth and Saturn differ. No glossary or index is included, but seven web addresses are listed. Students will find this book very easy to follow and filled with excellent facts and pictures. This is a must for any classroom library or home library of stargazers and amateur astronomers. 2003, Firefly Books Ltd, Ages 10 up.
—Kathie M. Josephs
KLIATT
A small but lavishly illustrated book, Exploring Saturn tells readers in detail all we currently know about the ringed planet. Babylonian astronomers used Saturn to predict dire events and Aristotle thought the ringed planet orbited Earth. Copernicus, Kepler, and Galileo studied the planet, adding more accurate observations. Today we have photographs of Saturn from the Hubble Space Telescope and space explorers, including the Cassini-Huygens Mission that lifted off in 1997. It is scheduled to reach the ringed planet in July 2004 where it will stay for four years. Eleven pages are dedicated to this mission. Tables list Saturn's ring system, 18 of its satellites, and comparisons with Earth. Seven Web sites are provided. KLIATT Codes: JSA-Recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2003, Firefly, 61p. illus., Ages 12 to adult.
— Janet Julian
School Library Journal
Gr 5-9-Nicely timed to coincide with the planned arrival of the Cassini-Huygens probe in the Saturnian system this summer, Bortolotti's introduction to the sixth planet pairs eye-catching photos and artists' renditions with lively discussions of what we know, don't know, and hope to find out soon. Opening with a coherent capsule history of how early modern astronomers simplified Ptolemy's "wickedly complicated model" of the solar system, the author then lays out Saturn's probable origins and inner structure, provides tantalizing glimpses of those mysterious rings, and describes each moon in turn-including one, as yet unnamed, discovered in 2003. He then covers the Cassini-Huygens mission in detail, closes with a series of summary charts, and caps it all off with a first-class Webliography. The illustrations, which range from Galileo's first crude sketch of Saturn's "handles" and other early art to photos of the probe before its departure and plenty of stunning space photographs from earlier missions or the Hubble, add a crowd-pleasing blend of hard information and eye candy. Serious students and casual browsers alike will have trouble putting this down.-John Peters, New York Public Library Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
CM
Easy to understand... clearly written... an excellent reference book.
— Thomas F. Chambers
Booklist / RBB
This appealing presentation features a well-organized and engaging text as well as many exceptionally clear, colorful illustrations.
— Carolyn Phelan
Resource Links
Absolutely packed with information... This is a fantastic book.
— Heather Empey
Olympia Olympian
Complete with photos and anecdotes. A lot can be learned from this easy read.
— Sharon Wooton

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781552977651
Publisher:
Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date:
09/06/2003
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
9 - 13 Years

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Meet the Author

Dan Bortolotti is an editor and a writer whose work has appeared in Equinox and Canadian Geographic magazines.

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