Far-Out Guide to Saturn

Far-Out Guide to Saturn

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by Mary Kay Carson
     
 

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Saturn—the jewel of the solar system—has seven mysterious and beautiful rings. These rings, made of ice, dust, and rock, range in size from a snow crystals to a house. Learn about the amazing spacecraft missions to Saturn, the dedicated scientists who plan them, and more far-out facts about the sixth planet from the sun.See more details below

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Saturn—the jewel of the solar system—has seven mysterious and beautiful rings. These rings, made of ice, dust, and rock, range in size from a snow crystals to a house. Learn about the amazing spacecraft missions to Saturn, the dedicated scientists who plan them, and more far-out facts about the sixth planet from the sun.

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Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
Shimmering Saturn—swirling ball of gases with seven glowing rings—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 Saturn (named for the Roman god of agriculture) is an icy gas giant, known to astronomers for centuries, but hard to study without recent technology. Spacecraft Cassini began orbiting Saturn in 2004, to investigate Saturn's rings, moons, and weather (one hexagonal storm is the size of four Earths). In one of the boxed "Far-Out Facts" scattered through the text, readers discover that there are gaps in the rings and some are very faint. Lately, astronomers have been focusing on exploring Saturn's moons, especially Titan, the largest, and medium-sized Enceladus. A "Saturn Timeline of Exploration and Discovery" introduces a section about what space missions have discovered so far. In 2005 Huygens, a probe that landed on Titan, found hills, dunes, canyons, and a pool of icy methane; Cassini reported geysers of water vapor shooting out of salty water on Enceladus. Three pages of Fast Facts add more information; for example, Titan has an atmosphere that may be similar to ancient Earth's. Could life exist on these moons? Illustrations are color photos and computer-generated paintings (an especially interesting one shows progressive stages of Huygens parachuting through Titan's atmosphere). What is next for Saturn? Information from these two missions will keep scientists busy for years, but they're planning an orbiter and probe to explore the moons further, with a launching around 2020. Included are a glossary and a list of books and websites about Saturn explorations, planet-watching, and the solar system. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781464501180
Publisher:
Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/01/2013
Series:
Far-Out Guide to the Solar System Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
497,937
File size:
4 MB
Age Range:
9 - 11 Years

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