Exploring Space: From Galileo to the Mars Rover and Beyond

illus. by Stephen Biesty. 64p. bibliog. chron. glossary. index. Candlewick. Jun. 2017. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780763689315.
Gr 4–8—Jenkins covers everything from ancient Greek astronomers to current scientists considering human travel to Mars. The author explains how increasingly sophisticated telescopes provided valuable data and how developments in rocket technology launched satellites and humans into space. Jenkins also discusses the influence of the Cold War on the space race and how the International Space Station has hosted scientists from five continents. The book addresses challenges and risks to astronauts living in space. While the text is readable and informative, the highlights of the oversize volume are the intricate illustrations. Large, detailed drawings, depicting, for instance, a Mars rover, a communication satellite, a space shuttle, the International Space Station, and a possible Mars colony, are supplemented by dozens of smaller images that will fascinate space buffs. For those who prefer CGI, many of these topics are tackled in the more wide-ranging DK volume Space! In addition, Robert Grayson's Exploring Space emphasizes events of the past 60 years (especially the space race), while Liz Kruesi's Space Exploration focuses on technology.
VERDICT This well-crafted overview of historic and potential developments in astronomy and astronautics will hold special appeal for visual learners.

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