This Is Rocket Science

This Is Rocket Science

True Stories of the Risk-taking Scientists Who Figure Out Ways to Explore Beyond Earth

Book - 2010
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..three, two, one... we have liftoff! From the award-winning author of Are We Alone? comes a title to propel young imaginations far into space. This Is Rocket Science explores the past, present, and future of space travel.

The compelling text--vetted by NASA scientists--is a combination of history, science, human drama, and future challenges. Readers learn how fireworks in ancient China developed into the fire arrows used by Genghis Khan; we meet Sir Isaac Newton, Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, and learn how their imaginations shaped rocketry. We revisit the era of Sputnik, the satellite that launched a superpower space race, ending with moonwalks and a rendezvous in space. Finally we look forward to the future challenges of Mars and beyond. We also get a sneak peek at new technologies like space elevators, solar sails, ion propulsion, and more.
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, c2010.
ISBN: 9781426305979
Characteristics: 80 p. col. ill. ; 26 cm.


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Mar 29, 2014

Gloria Skurzynski’s - ‘This is Rocket Science’ was a very good introductory book for young readers into the development and history of rockets, rocket flight, the race to the moon, and more. Suggested for children 10 years of age or older. Doctor-at-Bass -2! Michaela A.

Mar 29, 2014

A very brief but informative and interesting book. Doctor-at-Bass! T. A.

Mar 29, 2014

‘This is Rocket Science’ is a National Geographic sponsored book which speaks for its quality. While this book is rated juvenile, I would recommend it for children age 10 and older; teenagers and adult should enjoy it too. It offers a very good yet not to detailed introduction to the history of rockets; briefly reviews the history of the 20th Century’s key scientists that are considered to be the fathers of modern rocketry; provides information on the man’s race into space and to the moon, and the development of: the Saturn ‘V’ rocket, the US Space Shuttle, and the International Space Station (ISS). The concept for a space elevator, the use of propulsion systems like the Solar Sail and Ion Engines, plus the European Space Agency’s Rosetta probe and the US Dawn spacecraft are briefly introduced; that’s a fairly broad introduction into this subject in just 80 pages. I recommend this book as a very good introductory read for children and teenagers (budding scientists), or curious adults. Regretfully, Canada’s contribution to achievements in space, are not covered beyond a brief mention. The book is dated somewhat as it pre dates the retirement of the US Space Shuttle fleet and the proposed delivery dates for new launch vehicles Ares ‘I’ and ‘V’ as I believe they have been delayed. Senior Doctor-at-Bass! D. A.

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Mar 31, 2014

dixiedog thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over


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