Exploring the Solar System: A History with 22 Activities

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Chicago Review Press, Feb 1, 2008 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 176 pages
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In this stellar activity book, kids delve into the rich history of space exploration, where telescopes, satellites, probes, landers, and human missions lead to amazing discoveries. Updated to include the recent discovery of Eris which, along with Pluto, has been newly classified as a “dwarf planet” by the International Astronomical Union, this cosmic adventure challenges kids to explore the planets and other celestial bodies for themselves through activities such as building a model of a comet using soil, molasses, dry ice, and window cleaner; or creating their own reentry vehicle to safely return an egg to Earth’s surface. With biographies of more than 20 space pioneers, specific mission details, a 20-page field guide to the solar system, and plenty of suggestions for further research, this is the ultimate guidebook to exploring the solar system.

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User Review  - sarahflack - LibraryThing

This book talks about the history behind discovering new information about the solar system. Inside, it has the different astronomers and talks about who they are and what they each discovered. It ... Read full review

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User Review  - hubele - LibraryThing

This book is more geared toward older students. It has a history of the solar system and activities to go along with it. Some activities could be combined with a language arts lesson. Read full review


Spying on the Heavens
Rocketing to Space
Racing to the Moonand Beyond
Probing the Planets
Voyage to the Outer Planets
A Telescope in Space and a Rover on Mars
NearEarth Objects Saturns Rings and Martian Seas
Going to Extremes
Field Guide to the Solar System

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Mary Kay Carson is the author of more than 15 nonfiction books for children, including The Underground Railroad for Kids, Weather Projects for Young Scientists, and The Wright Brothers for Kids.

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