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Far-Out Guide to Saturn
     

Far-Out Guide to Saturn

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by Mary Kay Carson
 

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Saturn-The Jewel of the Solar System-has seven mysterious and beautiful rings. These rings, made of ice, dust, and rock, range in size from a snow crystal to a house. How do we know this?

Spacecraft from Earth have visited Saturn and taught us a lot about this mysterious, faraway planet. Learn about the amazing missions, the dedicated scientists who plan them,

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Saturn-The Jewel of the Solar System-has seven mysterious and beautiful rings. These rings, made of ice, dust, and rock, range in size from a snow crystal to a house. How do we know this?

Spacecraft from Earth have visited Saturn and taught us a lot about this mysterious, faraway planet. Learn about the amazing missions, the dedicated scientists who plan them, and more far-out facts about the sixth planet from the Sun.

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Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
Shimmering Saturn—swirling ball of gases with seven glowing rings—is one of the planets explored in this "Far-Out Guide to the Solar System" series, offering a multitude of facts to report-writers, focusing on what astronomers know and the many perplexing questions still to be answered. Young researchers will learn that Saturn (named for the Roman god of agriculture) is an icy gas giant, known to astronomers for centuries, but hard to study without recent technology. Spacecraft Cassini began orbiting Saturn in 2004, to investigate Saturn's rings, moons, and weather (one hexagonal storm is the size of four Earths). In one of the boxed "Far-Out Facts" scattered through the text, readers discover that there are gaps in the rings and some are very faint. Lately, astronomers have been focusing on exploring Saturn's moons, especially Titan, the largest, and medium-sized Enceladus. A "Saturn Timeline of Exploration and Discovery" introduces a section about what space missions have discovered so far. In 2005 Huygens, a probe that landed on Titan, found hills, dunes, canyons, and a pool of icy methane; Cassini reported geysers of water vapor shooting out of salty water on Enceladus. Three pages of Fast Facts add more information; for example, Titan has an atmosphere that may be similar to ancient Earth's. Could life exist on these moons? Illustrations are color photos and computer-generated paintings (an especially interesting one shows progressive stages of Huygens parachuting through Titan's atmosphere). What is next for Saturn? Information from these two missions will keep scientists busy for years, but they're planning an orbiter and probe to explore the moons further, with a launching around 2020. Included are a glossary and a list of books and websites about Saturn explorations, planet-watching, and the solar system. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780766031784
Publisher:
Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/01/2010
Series:
Far-Out Guide to the Solar System Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
7.84(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.32(d)
Age Range:
9 - 11 Years

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Far-Out Guide to Saturn 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She started, raising a paw. "Um, hi. . ." She murmured
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She hears Lavapaws cries from inside the nursery and immediately gets the urge to bolt out and look for them. (Where are they Lavapaw?)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sneakes up to wolfsun, growling at her, it was hungry
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is the Gathering today or next Sunday?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh, Lilywolf, that's amazing! Way to go, girl! Congratulations! That is just so awesome and amazing and wonderful and everything! *virtual high five* I'm going to bring in Vloudy once everybody's settled down a bit.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hehehe... Imma see a quadrouple-feature today! ^_^ Friend's taking me to see Big Hero 6 or her b-day, the movie right after that is Night at the Musium which my sister wants to see, the movie after /that/ is Birdman (which we all want to see badly!), and finally, we'll get out of the theatre after watching Interstellar. My point? It's gonna be a looong 10 hours in which I won't be rping. So I won't be on all day. Ty Flighty for filling me in!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She smiled nervously. "To the gathering. Hawkspirit mentioned something....not good. And much more."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read my post at 'night' res one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read my post a 'Humdrum' 1st result!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'll try to be more active! Sorry! <br> <p> To Wolfsun: maybe I can rp one of your kits. If you need me too, that is. <br> <p> To All: I will be gone for a week, starting tomorrow. I'll try to get on the minute I get home on Friday, but chances are, that won't happen. So I will be on today, though! <br> <br> Icefire pads over to her siblings. She was tired after organizing the dens. "Hey you two!" She meowed happily. "Liking HorseClan so far?" She asked. <br> <p> Stormyeye nuzzled Larkfrost. "I'm good. How about you?" He glanced around for Flightpath or Flowernose, wishing he could find out when his leg would finally be good enough to walk on. (She asked how he was doing, right?)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He looked up Wide-eyed, listening to his sister. He piped up, "i wanna help too!!"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hey. Can someone please run on down to 'blazing fire' res 3 and tell the kind cats of Ashclan that Coalflare & co's rper got locked out? Thanks!!! Oh and if Pine becomes a warrior, she wants to be called Pinetail, Pineflower or Pinefoot. Jack, however, wants to keep his name.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I say move to the earth book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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