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Far-Out Guide to Mars [NOOK Book]

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Earth's neighbor Mars likely once had an environment that could have supported life. Now it has underground frozen water in many places. Spacecraft from Earth have visited Mars and taught us a lot about this dusty red planet. Featuring a center spread with fast facts, this book tells readers about the missions, the scientists who plan them, and more far-out facts about the fourth planet from the Sun.
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Far-Out Guide to Mars

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Overview

Earth's neighbor Mars likely once had an environment that could have supported life. Now it has underground frozen water in many places. Spacecraft from Earth have visited Mars and taught us a lot about this dusty red planet. Featuring a center spread with fast facts, this book tells readers about the missions, the scientists who plan them, and more far-out facts about the fourth planet from the Sun.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
Mountainous Mars—a dusty reddish desert with the tallest volcano in our solar system—is one of the planets explored in this "Far-Out Guide to the Solar System" series, offering a multitude of facts to report-writers, focusing on what astronomers know and the many perplexing questions still to be answered. Young researchers will learn that cold, airless Mars (named for the Roman god of war) is smaller than Earth and has underground ice (a watery past?) and many bowl-shaped craters. Two rovers have studied Mars rocks, discovered powdered silica, and sent back fascinating photos of weather and skies. In one of the boxed "Far-Out Facts" scattered through the text, readers discover that these rovers, designed to function just ninety days, were able (through software upgrades) to explore for six years! Three pages of Fast Facts add more information; for example, Mars has two small moons called Phobos and Deimos, probably once asteroids. A "Mars Timeline of Exploration and Discovery" introduces a section about the many space missions that have taken a closer look at Mars. In 2008, robotic lander Phoenix found arctic ice and soil with minerals, making scientists believe Mars was once warmer and wetter. Illustrations are photos (color when possible) and computer-generated drawings; one shows a projected rover using a laser to analyze Martian rocks. What is next for Mars? Engineers are planning a car-sized rover called Curiosity to explore a warmer part of Mars and a possible Russian landing on Phobos in 2012; NASA envisions sending astronauts to Mars, perhaps by 2050. The big question remains: "Was there once life on Mars?" Included are a helpful glossary and a list of books and websites about Mars explorations, planet-watching, and the solar system. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781464501159
  • Publisher: Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/1/2013
  • Series: Far-Out Guide to the Solar System Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 1,142,268
  • Age range: 9 - 11 Years
  • File size: 6 MB

Table of Contents

Introduction 5

Chapter 1 Rock-Hunting Rovers 8

Mars at a Glance 24

Fast Facts about Mars 25

Mars Timeline of Exploration and Discovery 28

Chapter 2 Digging for Martian Ice 31

Chapter 3 What's Next for Mars? 38

Words to Know 44

Find out more and Get Updates 46

Index 48

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