Exploring Space

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Did you know that the first living thing launched into space was a dog? That astronauts train underwater? Or that space probes use radio signals to beam information back to Earth? This book in the Starting with Space series is the perfect resource for young children who'd like to find out more about space exploration, conduct their own experiments or read space stories and legends. Kids will discover the difference between space stations, space probes and space shuttles; they'll find out how telescopes work and ...

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Overview

Did you know that the first living thing launched into space was a dog? That astronauts train underwater? Or that space probes use radio signals to beam information back to Earth? This book in the Starting with Space series is the perfect resource for young children who'd like to find out more about space exploration, conduct their own experiments or read space stories and legends. Kids will discover the difference between space stations, space probes and space shuttles; they'll find out how telescopes work and how astronauts caught and repaired the orbiting Hubble telescope. Exploring Space also includes the latest discoveries and NASA photographs of our solar system and beyond.

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Children will enjoy using this wonderful resource to explore different aspects of space, the solar system and the universe. The author addresses dozens of space-related questions including: How did people first learn about space? How do rockets work? What do satellites do? How do astronauts prepare for space? How does a space probe send data to earth? Will people ever live in space? What space mysteries remain? In addition to answering important questions, this book also contains interesting facts, full-color photos and illustrations, biographical information, stories/legends, a timeline, a glossary and step-by-step activities such as creating a constellation, making a two-stage balloon rocket, measuring moon strength and decoding a binary message. Perfect for school projects, this book offers a well-written and informative look at space from the ground up. Other titles in this series include The Moon, The Sun, The Earth, The Planets, The Stars, and Comets, Asteroids and Meteorites. 2000, Kids Can Press,
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781550747133
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Series: Starting with Space Series
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 7 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Searching from Earth 4
Early space story
How did people first learn about space? 6
Where is space?
Try it: Create a constellation
Who invented the telescope? 8
How do telescopes work?
Space data
What did telescopes reveal about space? 10
What have we learned about our galaxy?
Try it: Swirl a spiral galaxy
2. Blasting into space 12
An ancient astronaut
When were rockets invented? 14
How do rockets work?
Try it: Make a two-stage balloon rocket
What was the first thing sent into space? 16
What do satellites do?
Try it: See satellites in the night sky
Who was the first person in space? 18
Who was the first person on the Moon?
Try it: Measure your Moon strength
How do astronauts prepare for space? 20
Why do astronauts feel weightless?
What do astronauts wear?
What is a space shuttle? 22
What is a space station?
Space data
3. Exploring the solar system 24
A Martian mystery
What is a space probe? 26
How does a space probe send data to Earth?
Try it: Decode a binary message
What have space probes revealed about the Moon and the Sun? 28
What have space probes discovered about comets and asteroids?
Space data
What planetary secrets have space probes revealed? 30
4. Discovering the universe 32
Rescuing a dream
How do modern astronomers learn about the stars? 34
What have we learned about the universe?
Try it: Blow a bubble map of the universe
Will people ever travel to the stars? 36
Space data
Space exploration timeline
Will people ever live in space? 38
What space mysteries remain?
Glossary 39
Index 40
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