Life on Earth-and Beyond: An Astrobiologist's Quest

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Is there life beyond Earth?

NASA astrobiologist Dr. Chris McKay has searched the earth's most extreme environments on his quest to understand what factors are necessary to sustain life.

Pamela S. Turner offers readers an inside look at Dr. McKay's research, explaining his findings and his hopes for future exploration both on Earth and beyond. Behind-the-scenes photos capture Dr. McKay, his expeditions, and the...

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Overview

Is there life beyond Earth?

NASA astrobiologist Dr. Chris McKay has searched the earth's most extreme environments on his quest to understand what factors are necessary to sustain life.

Pamela S. Turner offers readers an inside look at Dr. McKay's research, explaining his findings and his hopes for future exploration both on Earth and beyond. Behind-the-scenes photos capture Dr. McKay, his expeditions, and the amazing microbes that survive against all odds.

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Children's Literature - Brett Rothstein
Dr. Chris McKay is an astrobiologist who is looking to discover if life might exist beyond earth. He travels to extreme places on Earth such as the Atacama and Sahara Deserts, Antarctica, Chile, and Siberia in search of evidence that microbes, the tiniest living things, can survive these environments. He believes that if life can exist in these severe climates then microbes might be able to survive on Mars or other places beyond our planet. Breathtaking color photographs of Dr. McKay's investigations and concisely written yet lively text will maintain a reader's curiosity. Teachers may use this book as a fascinating read-aloud for younger students. Likewise, intermediate and middle school students might value this resource when studying science concepts such as landforms, climates, or biology. Reviewer: Brett Rothstein
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Gr 5-7- Following the lead of the exemplary "Scientists in the Field" series (Houghton), this is another handsomely packaged, profusely illustrated portrait of a researcher whose "lab" is the great outdoors-in this case, the driest deserts, coldest waters, and other most inhospitable environments on Earth. In order to explore the feasibility of life on other planets, NASA scientist Chris McKay travels in turn to Antarctic's Dry Valleys and ice-covered Lake Hoare, to Chile's Atacama Desert, Siberia, and the Sahara to study the bacteria and other microscopic organisms that call such climatic extremes home. The photographs, which are reproduced with unusual clarity, range from shots of McKay and his colleagues at work in various rugged settings to micrographs of bacteria, from satellite photos to side-by-side pairings of physical features in the Atacama and intriguingly similar formations on Mars. Closing with an author's statement and digestible lists of multimedia resources, this profile is an engagingly written, visually appealing follow-up to more general introductions, such as Bill Doyle's The Space Explorer's Guide to the Universe (Scholastic, 2003).-John Peters, New York Public Library

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580891349
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/15/2008
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 890L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Pamela S. Turner is the author of HACHIKO: THE TRUE STORY OF A LOYAL DOG (Houghton Mifflin), and GORILLA DOCTORS: SAVING ENDANGERED GREAT APES (Houghton Mifflin), an ALA Notable book. She lives in Oakland, California.
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