Looking beyond

Steve Parker, 1952-

Book - 2016

Most of space is a mystery, but astronomers and scientists have spent years studying some of the biggest questions, such as what are black holes, how do galaxies form and what happened during the Big Bang? What we do know about space and the cycle of life and death of stars and other space objects makes incredible reading and will delight readers who want to know just that bit more about the universe we live in. Six books that reveal the thrilling journeys, triumphs and disasters that men and women have experienced in the exploration of our universe. These books examine the mind-blowing technologies involved in space endeavours and tells the all too human stories of some of the key figures.

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Mankato, Minnesota : Smart Apple Media [2016]
Main Author
Steve Parker, 1952- (author)
Physical Description
32 pages : colour illustrations ; 28 cm
Includes index.
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Review by School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-6-These overviews will provide middle grade readers with sketchy but coherent pictures of space exploration's rapidly receding past as well as glimpses of its potential futures. Looking Beyond is a general history of the universe since the Big Bang, with a discussion of how we study exoplanets, speculations about interstellar expeditions, and information on permanent settlements on the Moon and Mars. Closer to home, Parker points out that Soyuz spacecrafts, originally designed for Moon flights in the 1960s, are still flying to the International Space Station. In Parker's view, the Soviet space program never really recovered from its "Moon Fiasco." Consequently, he focuses here largely on NASA programs and particularly its triumphs-from Mercury to the space shuttle in Space Pioneers and Race to the Moon and on the Explorer I to the New Horizons craft in Probes. Not that he's uncritical; though disasters such as the Apollo I fire or the Challenger explosion rate but bare acknowledgements, he notes the astronomical cost of each space shuttle launch ($1.3 billion) and ends Satellites with a chart that includes an average unit cost for each type of satellite (hint: they're not cheap). Small photographs, photorealistic renderings, and cutaway views of high-tech spacecraft illustrate the white-on-black mix of captions and short bursts of narrative text. Each volume ends with a summary chart-of space "firsts" in Space Pioneers, for instance, and an annotated list of manned and unmanned lunar missions in Race to the Moon-though none suggest leads to further resources. VERDICT Solid options to round out materials on space. © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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