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Exploring Dangers in Space: Asteroids, Space Junk, and More
     

Exploring Dangers in Space: Asteroids, Space Junk, and More

by Buffy Silverman
 

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Have objects form space ever hit Earth? yes! Every day small Meteoroids crash into the atmosphere. Some burn up, but some hit the ground. Space junk also falls to Earth. Comets and asteroids struck Earth long ago. In this book, you'll learn how scientists watch out for large collisions and what they might do if Earth is in danger.

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Overview

Have objects form space ever hit Earth? yes! Every day small Meteoroids crash into the atmosphere. Some burn up, but some hit the ground. Space junk also falls to Earth. Comets and asteroids struck Earth long ago. In this book, you'll learn how scientists watch out for large collisions and what they might do if Earth is in danger.

As part of the Searchlight Books™ collection, this series explores outer space and sheds light on the question What's Amazing about Space? Fantastic photos, kid-friendly explanations of science concepts, and useful diagrams will help you discover the answers!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Susan Treadway M.Ed.
Explosions, crashes, streaks, gravitational forces, and other aerospace effects are covered with kid-friendly explanations and splendid NASA drawings, diagrams and photographs. Books in the "What's Amazing About Space?" series address exoplanets, black holes, travel, robots, and the International Space Station (ISS). Engaging chapter books convey lively action even as historical and current topics are presented. Orbiting space debris, meteors, enormous rocks, comets, and broken or inoperable equipment primarily burn up before damaging the Earth. If possible, a missile is launched to break up pending dangers. If not, huge craters show the impact on Earth and other planets due to their stronger gravitational pull. For instance, an asteroid exploded in the air near Siberia, Russia about one hundred years ago. It is estimated to have weighed 220 million pounds and been as long as a tennis court. In spite of limited data, evidence was not difficult to find. Eighty million trees fell and multiple reindeer herds died, yet no one was injured or killed. Two space stations, America's Skylab (1979) and Russia's Mir (2001), became space junk when they were no longer needed; they broke up while entering Earth's atmosphere and fell into the Indian and Pacific Oceans, respectively. Skylab pieces also hit part of Australia. With the additional topics in this series, young readers will have a good start when examining similar mysteries about dangerous objects in space. Consistent formatting in these Searchlight Books includes vivid NASA photographs, diagrams and drawings with descriptive text boxes, a basic glossary, an index and a list of a few additional resources and websites. Explanations are appropriate for the age level. Reviewer: Susan Treadway, M.Ed.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761378822
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/28/2011
Series:
What's Amazing about Space? Series
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
1,212,642
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
610L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Buffy Silverman is the author of many books about nature and science for children. She also enjoys writing poetry for children. Buffy is lucky to live in a rural area of Michigan where inspiration is just outside the window. The sun shimmers on Stony Lake. A great blue heron flies low over the swamp. Black squirrels scamper across oak branches, stuffing leaves in their mouths and bringing them to a hollow. The animals that share her yard inspire stories and poems. With every book and article she writes, she learns more about the world.

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