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Satellites
     

Satellites

by Rebecca L. Johnson
 

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A Soccer fan watches a live broadcast of a game being played halfway around the world. A meteorologist studies photos of a hurricane developing out at sea. Astronomers observe evidence of a black hole millions of light years from Earth. What do all these people have in common? They are using satellites. From entertainment to communications to science, satellites

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A Soccer fan watches a live broadcast of a game being played halfway around the world. A meteorologist studies photos of a hurricane developing out at sea. Astronomers observe evidence of a black hole millions of light years from Earth. What do all these people have in common? They are using satellites. From entertainment to communications to science, satellites have become a part of our lives. Learn all the amazing facts about satellites in this fast-packed peek into the future of science.

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Children's Literature
Blame it on Sputnik. The Russians invented and launched the first artificial satellite into space in 1957. In 1958, they launched a larger version, Sputnik II. This was the beginning of a "space race" between scientists in the U.S. and in the Soviet Union that had both countries competing for firsts when it came to accomplishments in aeronautics and space. One of six books in the "Cool Science" series, this title discusses the history and purpose of an array of satellites. While some collect information about our planet, others are responsible for giving scientists data about our entire galaxy. Students will begin to understand how our lives depend greatly on these information collecting instruments for everything from cell phone and internet use to weather predictions and rescue operations. "Fun Facts," cover a variety of related topics and students are provided a comprehensive list of suggested reading and websites for further research. Impressive color photography and images will keep readers entranced. 2006, Lerner Publications Company, Ages 8 to 12.
—Kelly Roque
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-These overviews have an attractive, colorful layout that will appeal to readers. Each spread includes captioned, color photographs and/or illustrations; text boxes; and, often, a "fun fact." The first title presents a history of the science, examples of working robots past and present, ways scientists are working to improve robotics, and how artificial intelligence is helping to create thinking robots. Domaine does a fine job of explaining the many uses of these machines, including for space exploration and medical microsurgery. The content is sound and should be accessible to most students. Fridell offers a brief explanation of the science and then discusses how genetics is being used to invent plants, improve animals, and engineer people. Again, many intriguing examples are given. Glowing plants, supersized mice, and shrinking watermelons are among the topics included. The concluding chapter looks to the future. The third title explains what a satellite is and discusses many aspects of satellites, including how they pertain to television broadcasts, weather forecasting, and locating black holes. Numerous amazing facts are included to pique readers' interest. Solid additions.-Maren Ostergard, Bellevue Regional Library, WA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822529088
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/28/2005
Series:
Cool Science Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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