Mars

Mars

by Ron Miller
     
 

The mysterious red planet has for centuries attracted human imagination. Although a small planet, Mars is Earthlike in many ways. It has yawning canyons, vast dune fields, and soaring volcanoes, but it is the evidence of water on its surface that has compelled so many astronomers. Through the years, Mars has inspired the launching of more space probes than any other…  See more details below

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The mysterious red planet has for centuries attracted human imagination. Although a small planet, Mars is Earthlike in many ways. It has yawning canyons, vast dune fields, and soaring volcanoes, but it is the evidence of water on its surface that has compelled so many astronomers. Through the years, Mars has inspired the launching of more space probes than any other planet in the solar system. Did Mars ever have life? Is there life there now? We don't have the answers to these questions...yet.

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VOYA
The exceptional Worlds Beyond books on astronomy take the reader far beyond the simpler intermediate series that are popular with younger readers. Each book includes a brief history of scientific research on the subject and then brings the reader up to speed on the latest in scientific discoveries and theories. The books also contain well-designed sidebars that present simple experiments, quick facts, and biographical sketches that help round out the information in the text. Mars provides fascinating documentation of the exploration of Mars, detailing the earliest observations of the red "star" and the late nineteenth-century speculation on the existence of "canals." The book also provides a thorough explanation of the scientific debate as to whether there is life on Mars. Chock full of stunning photographs and illustrations, this series presents information that will challenge the middle or high school reader who is ready for a "meatier" series about space. Written clearly and concisely, these slender volumes fill an important gap for public libraries needing series astronomy books for the older reader. The books are a valuable resource for students who need information for reports or who may be budding astronomy enthusiasts. (Worlds Beyond). VOYA CODES: 5Q 2P M J S (Hard to imagine it being any better written; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2005, Twenty-First Century Books/Lerner, 80p.; Glossary. Index. Illus. Photos. Maps. Charts. Further Reading. Chronology., PLB . Ages 11 to 18.
—Jan Chapman
School Library Journal
Gr 5-9-Like their predecessors, these entries in this valuable series combine clear, extended expositions with a vivid mix of colorful space photos, well-designed diagrams, and dramatic paintings of alien shores and skies. Asteroids begins with the Solar System's formation; goes on to describe how "Bode's Rule," a mathematical oddity involving the relative positions of some (but not all) of the planets, led to the discovery of the asteroid belt; and then takes readers through meteor showers and to "the tortured surface of a typical comet." Mars updates older titles with discussions of recent developments in the search for water and life on that dusty planet. Along with presenting pictures of the life cycles of both stars and the universe as a whole, Stars deals in unusual detail with galactic types and structures, capturing a sense of their immense scale with phrases like "only about 45,000 light years-." All three volumes end with speculative comments on future exploration or evolution, plus extensive lists of Web sites and recent books. Solid additions for serious students of "worlds beyond."-John Peters, New York Public Library Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761323624
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/13/2004
Series:
Worlds Beyond Series
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
7 - 12 Years

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