Exploring Space begins with a brief but informative history of astronomy from Galileo to Explorer I. An interactive star map identifies some of the major constellations, and a stunning gallery of images displays data for each major body in our solar system. An interactive diagram details how the Hubble Space Telescope works. Another gallery of images illustrates what the Hubble does best—present breathtaking views of distant stars.
Students can identify the origins of rocketry and the many purposes of satellites. With the swipe of a finger, they can learn about the major events of the space race, flip through a gallery of notable astronauts, learn domain-specific vocabulary, view videos of the moon landing, the shuttle taking off and landing, and get a tour of the International Space Station.
In the final chapter, students can swipe through a timeline of Mars missions. They can hear NASA scientists explain why they think water might have once flowed on the Red Planet and how the Voyager probes are preparing to exit our solar system. Readers can also watch a dramatic animation of Curiosity’s historic landing on Mars, learn about the future of space tourism, and discover how NASA technology has become a part of their everyday lives.
All readers—students, teachers, librarians, and parents—can access the clear, succinct, age-level appropriate explanations of the complex scientific goals and technology.