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Overview

The books in the highly praised First Book series provide basic facts on subjects in the social studies, the sciences, sports, and practical and fine arts. An inviting format, lively text, and interesting illustrations make these books especially popular with young readers. Each book is indexed and, where appropriate, includes a glossary, maps, further reading, and bibliography.

Reviews the history of Earth's observation of the red planet since ancient times, explores the results of modern scientific studies carried out by telescope, satellite, and landing probe, and speculates on a future human landing.

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When it comes to planets that kids remember, Mars is at the top of their list. Classes crowd around computers and televisions every time NASA sends up another Mars landing craft for pictures. The fascination continues in this text. The "red planet" has a year roughly twice as long as Earth's. Mars even has a polar ice cap that looks like Earth's North Pole. With pictures and data from the Sojourner mission and hopes of more to come in the near future, readers will be fascinated by what they find in this book as will the students that find it in my class. This book is part of the "Books About Space" series. 1999, Watts Library, Ages 10 up, $24.00 and $6.95. Reviewer: Scott S. Floyd
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Mars has stood for many things in the eyes of mankind. "The Red Planet" has been used as a visual metaphor for the spirit of warfare. Modern observers have used Mars as a set piece for alien invasion. Scientists and lay people have been fascinated with the concept of life on Mars. The thought of lost civilizations on Mars responsible for the construction of the noteworthy canals has also captured the interest of astronomers and other observers. This brief text looks at all of these perspectives as well as actual attempts to survey Mars via space exploration. The climate of Mars is hostile, with average temperatures hovering around sixty degrees Fahrenheit. Harsh winds of over 100 miles per hour rage across a desert-like surface. Volcanoes ranging in size to three times the scale of Mount Everest give evidence of massive geologic explosions. Mars is a harsh environment, yet one that intrigues those who study it. These scientists and their efforts to reach Mars with satellites make up the lion's share of this book. Through a journeyman-like text and engaging photographs, the reader is introduced to the latest scientific information related to Mars. This book provides a good introduction to Mars and NASA's efforts to unlock its age-old secrets.
Children's Literature - Scott S. Floyd
When it comes to planets that kids remember, Mars is at the top of their list. Classes crowd around computers and televisions every time NASA launches another Mars landing craft. The fascination continues in this text. The "Red Planet" has a year roughly twice as long as Earth's. Mars even has a polar ice cap much like Earth's North Pole. With pictures and data from the Sojourner mission and hopes of more to come in the near future, the reader will be fascinated by what they find in this book as will the students that find it in my class. Part of the "Books About Space" series.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780531157732
  • Publisher: Scholastic Library Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/1/1996
  • Series: First Books Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 890L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.02 (w) x 8.49 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Table of Contents

A Trip to Mars: Could you jump higher on Mars than you can on Earth?     7
Mars in the Solar System: How old would you be if you lived on Mars?     15
What Is Mars Made Of?: Is it a good vacation spot?     21
Put on a Happy Face: How did astronomers find Mars's "happy face"?     26
The Moons of Mars: Why are the moons named for "panic" and "fear"?     29
Missions to Mars: What's crawling around on Mars?     35
True Statistics     43
Resources     44
Important Words     46
Index     47
About the Author     48
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2010

    The truth about Mars

    I have found alot about mars. Mars was considered the "red planet that apperes to be a sparkling rusty red ball" as the book states. Mars was named for the ancient roman god of war to symbolize the blood that shed during war. Mars takes longer to orbit around the sun this takes longer that the earth to orbit aroound the sun. Mars is the fourth planet away from the sun. Earth is third away from the sun. Mars is smaller than the sun. Mars surface looks simialar to the dessert. Mars is -63 degrees Fahrenheit earths water freezes at 32 degrees Fahrenheit. You can see Mars through a telescope and you will see areas of red green and brownish colors. Ocasinaly you can see white ice caps on mars. There is an unproven story about mars and that is if Mars have Live people called Martians. Percival Lowell made a Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona. There has been a successful trip to mars in 1964 in Canaveral, Florida. I found this book very Educational and suggest reading this book

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