Above and beyond NASA's journey to tomorrow

Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich

Book - 2018

Since NASA was established in 1958, it has landed rovers on distant planets and launched telescopes deep into space, all so that we can look back to the beginning of time. Through stunning images provided by NASA and fascinating sidebars and profiles of lesser known contributors to the NASA program, young space fans will learn how NASA started, how it faced challenges along the way, how much it has achieved, and how it will continue to move forward in the future.

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Genres
Informational works
Published
New York : Feiwel and Friends 2018.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
153 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 146-150) and index.
ISBN
9781250308467
1250308461
Main Author
Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich (author)
Other Authors
Rory Kennedy (writer of introduction)
  • It's on
  • A look in the mirror
  • Separate and more than equal to the task
  • Losing luster
  • "Star wars" and seeing stars
  • World peace ... in space
  • Overcoming challenges
  • No more monkey business
  • Making impossible real
  • NASA and the environment
  • New visions, new voices
  • Living in space, journey to Mars ... and beyond.
Review by Booklist Reviews

NASA had its sixtieth birthday this year, and this oversize tome traces its development from Explorer I, launched back in 1958, through the Mars Rover. The narrative develops in chronological order, with numerous detours for biographical profiles, detailed photo captions, sidebars, and Fun Facts (Mae Jemison, the first African American woman in space, began her space shuttle shifts with Hailing frequencies open, a line made famous on Star Trek by the USS Enterprise's communications officer Lieutenant Uhura). Readers learn about daily life on the International Space Station, technological innovations, and international competition and cooperation, alongside reports on animal astronauts, space toys, and an entire chapter on the intersection of science fiction and hard fact (the question-and-answer format responds to queries such as, Why is Darth Vader's breathing so weird?). The book ends with a look to the future. Space nerds will be hooked; an extensive bibliography makes this a natural for report writers, and the format and generous artwork will attract browsers. Grades 5-8. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 5 Up—This book is a complement to and was inspired by the documentary of the same name created by Rory Kennedy celebrating the 60th anniversary of NASA. It profiles the history of NASA, beginning with Wilbur and Orville Wright and the first flight and continuing to the International Space Station and the planned 2020 launch of the James Webb Space Telescope. Boxes highlight fun and fast facts. Sidebars and larger boxes profile key figures in the field. The layout is bright and eye-catching, with many images provided by NASA. However, not all of the images are annotated, and the text layout might be confusing for some. The coverage is broad, discussing animals in space, climate change, NASA's role in the fight for equality, and more. This ode to the history and future of NASA and the pioneering spirit of space travel will appeal to young adults with an interest in the subject, along with casual browsers of all ages. VERDICT A good choice for collections in need of titles that provide a broad overview of American space history.—Maren Ostergard, King County Library System, Issaquah, WA Copyright 2018 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Describes the history of NASA, detailing major contributors to the space program, its historic achievements and challenges, and how it will continue to move forward in the future. Simultaneous eBook.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Describes the history of NASA, detailing major contributors to the space program, its historical achievements and challenges, and how it will continue to move forward in the future.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Since NASA was established in 1958, it has landed rovers on distant planets and launched telescopes deep into space—all so that we can look back to the beginning of time.Through stunning images provided by NASA and fascinating profiles and sidebars of lesser known contributors to the NASA program, young space fans will learn how NASA started, how it faced challenges along the way, how much it has achieved, and how it will continue to move forward in the future.NASA’s boundless curiosity and urge to explore lies at the heart of the human adventure. NASA rises to the urgent challenges we face, using its massive reach and expertise to find answers to vital questions like: How can we learn to live in a more extreme natural environment?Inspired by Rory Kennedy’s documentary of the same name (airing 10/2018), Above and Beyond aims to leave audiences hopeful and inspired about the future of our planet—and convinced that NASA is essential to our continued survival as we mark its important anniversaries and dream of new discoveries to come.