The Mighty Mars Rovers: The Incredible Adventures of Spirit and Opportunity by Elizabeth Rusch
On June 10, 2003, a little rover named Spirit blasted off on a rocket headed for Mars. On July 7, 2003, a twin rover named Opportunity soared through the solar system with the same mission: to find out if Mars ever had water that could have supported life. A thrilling addition to the acclaimed Scientists in the Field series, The Mighty Mars Rovers tells the greatest space robot adventure of all time through the eyes—and heart—of Steven Squyres, professor of astronomy at Cornell University and lead scientist on the mission. This suspenseful page-turner captures the hair-raising human emotions felt during the adventures with two tough rovers.
The award-winning freelance writer Elizabeth Rusch has published more than one hundred articles in magazines such as Muse, Smithsonian, and Mother Jones. She is the author of a number award-winning nonfiction titles for children, including: Generation Fix, Will it Blow?,The Planet Hunter, and For the Love of Music: The Remarkable Story of Maria Anna Mozart. This is her first book for Houghton Mifflin. Elizabeth lives in Portland, Oregon, with her family. You can visit her website at
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Five... four... three... two... one... blastoff into an exciting adventure in Elizabeth Rusch’s The Mighty Mars Rovers. Rusch explores one of the greatest scientific missions of our time through the eyes of its captain, Steve Squyres of the Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL). Page after page of crisp, full page color photos transport the reader onto the surface of Mars and into the world of the JPL scientists. Rusch recreates the experience of roving Mars so precisely that your heart will drop every time a rover hits a bump in the road. Her passion for Steve and the rovers transfers to the reader - expect to get lost on this beautiful, harsh, and unknown planet. Captions, sidebars, and photos help to bring this information-rich book to life. Not only is it well-written, but it is visually appealing and well laid-out - exceptionally accessible to a wide range of readers. We need more non-fiction like this for young adults. I can’t wait to add The Mighty Mars Rovers to my home and classroom libraries! Erin Dees, 5th grade teacher
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