This Is Rocket Science by Gloria Skurzynski
True Stories of the Risk-taking Scientists who Figure Out Ways to Explore Beyond Earth

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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.

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Gloria Skurzynski is the author of forty-five books for young readers. Her books have won many awards: the Christopher Medal, the Golden Kite from the Society of Children's Book Writers, the Golden Spur from Western Writers of America, the Utah Children's Book Award, and the Children's Science Book Award from the American Institute of Physics. They've been named Junior Library Guild Selections, Best Books for Young Adults by the American Library Association, Best Books of the Year by School Library Journal, New York Public Library's Books for the Teen Age, and NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children. She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Published March 18, 2010 by National Geographic Children's Books. 80 pages
Genres: Children's Books.

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This brief but engaging chronicle of how rocketry made space travel possible begins 1,000 years ago in China with the invention of “fire arrows.” Skurzynski breezes through the astronomical discoveries of Copernicus, Galileo and Kepler and the formulation of Newton’s laws of gravity and motion to...

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