This Is Rocket Science

This Is Rocket Science

The True Story of the Risk-taking Scientists Who Figured 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: 9781426305986
1426305982
9781426305979
1426305974
Characteristics: 80 p.: ill. (chiefly col.) ; 26 cm

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