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Children's LiteratureThis entry in the six-volume "History of Space Exploration" details how the marvels of engineering enabled scientists to take close-up looks at the solar surface, the rings around Uranus, and other marvels of the solar system. In addition the book illustrates how technology provides information on other phenomena such as black holes, star clusters, and stellar nurseries. Text is organized by what space probes look at: the sun and planets, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn and other planets, plus comets and asteroids, and deep probes. Extensively captioned color and black-and-white photos, occasional diagrams (how the Hubble Space Telescope works), and quotes break up the page without overwhelming the several paragraphs per heading that convey the chronology. This entry is all technology and technique with few people, as befits the topic. In addition to a timeline, a glossary, bibliography, places to visit, space camps, and websites plus an index are included. 2005, World Almanac, Ages 11 to 16.
—Susan Hepler, Ph.D.