The Mars Challenge: The Past, Present, and Future of Human Spaceflight

The Mars Challenge: The Past, Present, and Future of Human Spaceflight


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Travel to deep space and back again with The Mars Challenge, a nonfiction graphic novel for teens about the science and logistics of a manned mission to Mars.

Nadia is a teen with a dream: to be the first woman on Mars. But to get there, she's got to learn all she can about the science of spaceflight. It's a good thing her friend Eleanor is an Attitude Determination and Control Officer—basically, she pilots the International Space Station!

Eleanor takes Nadia on a conceptual journey through an entire crewed mission to Mars, and explains every challenge that must be overcome along the way; from escaping Earth's gravity well, to keeping the crew healthy as they travel through deep space, to setting up a Mars base, to having enough fuel for the trip home!

In The Mars Challenge, writer Alison Wilgus and artist Wyeth Yates bring the reader on a thrilling interplanetary voyage and clearly illustrate the scientific concepts and complex machinery involved. Humans can reach Mars in our lifetime—this book explains how it can be done.

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ISBN-13: 9781250258250
Publisher: First Second
Publication date: 06/16/2020
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 782,100
Product dimensions: 6.33(w) x 8.86(h) x 0.69(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Alison Wilgus is a Brooklyn-based bestselling writer, editor, and cartoonist. She got her start working for Cartoon Network's Codename: Kids Next Door as a colorist and staff writer. Her work includes Science Comics: Flying Machines, illustrated by Molly Brooks, and Chronin, a science-fiction duology from Tor books and her solo debut.

Wyeth Yates is a comic book artist based in Brooklyn. He is an artist on The Castoffs (Lion Forge) and his self-published titles include Hard Luck, Sundrenchers, and The Other Gang.

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