Exploring the International Space Station

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What's longer than a football field, weighs more than 450 cars, yet flies miles above Earth's surface? It's the International Space Station. In this book, you'll learn how the station was built and how crew members live and work there. 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 ...

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Overview

What's longer than a football field, weighs more than 450 cars, yet flies miles above Earth's surface? It's the International Space Station. In this book, you'll learn how the station was built and how crew members live and work there. 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.
Living and working in outer space for extended periods requires extensive adaptations and technological expertise by highly trained astronauts. Specialized conditions on the International Space Station (ISS) enable astronauts from several countries to accomplish a multitude of activities from daily, routine tasks to complicated experiments, as well as delicate repairs and more. They function both inside and outside the spacecraft. Students learn about ISS personnel, real life situations (including down time when they have free time to relax), jobs, technology, solar power, and future possibilities using fundamental vocabulary in context. For example, modules are like individual rooms connected together to provide living quarters, work areas, storage for supplies and equipment, and the station's laboratories. Each module is given a name such as Destiny, Unity, Tranquility, Columbus, and Harmony. An eighteen-month training period helps astronauts adjust to cramped spaces, weightlessness, and up to a six-month stay. Thus, youngsters can gain a basic understanding about complex scientific questions while incorporating this Searchlight book into numerous studies. Additional topics are introduced with similar formatting including vivid NASA diagrams, drawings and photographs and kid-friendly text. Black holes, exoplanets, dangers, robots, and travel are included in the "What's Amazing About Space?" series. Descriptive textboxes are age-appropriate and accompanied by splendid graphics, a basic glossary, a list of several resources and websites, and an index. Reviewer: Susan Treadway, M.Ed.
School Library Journal
Gr 3–4—Keeping specific terms to a minimum, these titles cover their topics in broad strokes and crank up the general interest level with a relatively large photo or (more often) a dramatic artist's rendition on every page. There is significant overlap between International Space Station and Space Robots, and the effort to simplify mystifies more than it informs, as in Dangers in Space where "the largest space rock [which] is about the size of Texas," remains unidentified. Still, readers will come away with new knowledge, such as how scientists observe the behavior of other stars to infer the presence of exoplanets. Space Travel is current enough to note the end of the Space Shuttle program.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761378792
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/28/2011
  • Series: What's Amazing about Space? Series
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 1,029,899
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: 640L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura Hamilton Waxman has written many nonfiction books for young readers.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 A Home in Space 4

Chapter 2 Jobs for Everyone 11

Chapter 3 Supplying the ISS 23

Chapter 4 A Day in the Life 28

Chapter 5 The Future of the ISS 36

Glossary 38

Learn More about Space Station 39

Index 40

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