by Robin Birch

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Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
Originally published in Australia, this "New Solar System" series delivers the latest astronomical news through 2008, illustrations on every page, and many statistics. In five or six brief chapters, young scientists will learn about bodies in our solar system and exploration that provided that information. In The Moon, readers discover that our satellite, called Luna by the Romans and Selene by the ancient Greeks, has a lower density than Earth and a weaker gravity. Budding astronomers can find a wealth of information here about the airless, lifeless Moon and its crust, core, highlands, plains, and craters. Another chapter discusses the Moon as we see it, including its phases, solar and lunar eclipses, and tides caused by lunar gravity. Readers may not know that, in 1609, Galileo observed the Moon's surface through a telescope, which showed the flat plains he named Maria (six of Galileo's first Moon drawings are pictured). For those intrigued by space exploration, the author explains that space probe Luna 2 landed on the Moon in 1959; since then, six Apollo missions have sent astronauts there, three using electric-powered lunar rovers, while the latest space probe, Lunar Prospector (1998), found evidence of frozen water in Moon craters. Clear, no-nonsense text moves along briskly, while illustrations, which are mostly in saturated colors on dark backgrounds, are eye-catching. Further help includes a "Moon Fact Summary," a glossary, and a list of websites. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft

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Chelsea House Publishers
Publication date:
The New Solar System Series
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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