Exploring Space Robots

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How can robots help us explore space? A probe called Hew Horizons is zooming through the outer solar system. It's headed to Pluto. It and other space robots can go where people cannot survive. In this book, you'll learn how robots can work as our eyes, ears, and hands in space.

As part of the Searchlight Books™ collection, this series explores outer space and sheds light on the question What's Amazing about Space? Fantastic photos, kid-friendly explanations of science concepts, ...

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Overview

How can robots help us explore space? A probe called Hew Horizons is zooming through the outer solar system. It's headed to Pluto. It and other space robots can go where people cannot survive. In this book, you'll learn how robots can work as our eyes, ears, and hands in space.

As part of the Searchlight Books™ collection, this series explores outer space and sheds light on the question What's Amazing about Space? Fantastic photos, kid-friendly explanations of science concepts, and useful diagrams will help you discover the answers!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Susan Treadway M.Ed.
What do Opportunity, Spirit, Curiosity, Lunokhod 1, Viking 1, New Horizons, Phoenix, and Juno all have in common? They are the names of vital aerospace robots built with specific design elements for greater exploration in places astronauts cannot travel. Robots can withstand extreme conditions while working in Earth's solar system and beyond. In addition, they remain on the job much longer than humans—even for decades, when missions require it. Books in the "What's Amazing About Space?" series address black holes, dangers, exoplanets, travel, and the International Space Station (ISS). Students learn about the computerized instruments on rovers, probes, orbiters, landers, and cargo ships. Jobs for robots include taking pictures, recording data, running tests, digging through rock, connecting to other robots, aiding astronauts to make repairs, storing parts for later delivery, and more. Most robots are manned by human controllers on Earth. Others are guided by computer programs that dictate exactly what to do without much involvement from scientists. Important communications satellites and giant Earth antennas enable humans to monitor exploration deep in space while sending timely data for extensive study. Consistent formatting in these Searchlight Books includes vivid NASA photographs, diagrams and drawings with descriptive text boxes, a basic glossary, an index and a list of a few additional resources and websites. Explanations are appropriate for the age level and convey lively action in these engaging chapter books. Reviewer: Susan Treadway, M.Ed.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761378808
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/28/2011
  • Series: What's Amazing about Space? Series
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Deborah Kops has written more than twenty books for children and young adults. She lives with her husband and son in Greater Boston, and enjoys visiting old historic cities along the Atlantic coast, such as Salem, Massachusetts, and Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Robots on the Go 4

Chapter 2 Famous Space Robots 10

Chapter 3 Robots At Work 15

Chapter 4 Who Controls Space Robots? 23

Chapter 5 The Future of Space Robots 31

Glossary 38

Learn More about Simple Machines 39

Index 40

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