Pluto is a dwarf planet with three known moons - Hydra, Nix, and Charon. Children will explore Pluto's physical features, its position in the solar system, and why it is no longer considered a planet. Blastoff! Series
Twenty-five times faster than the speed of sound, rockets are high-speed space delivery machines. Every week, at least one rocket launches into space from somewhere in the world! This title will boost the knowledge of reluctant readers as it breaks down space rockets.
Is there an Earth twin hiding in the stars? Sara Seager is on a mission to find out! The astrophysicist is leading the quest to explore planets beyond our solar system. Early readers can discover more about Sara’s life and scientific work in this engaging biography.
Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, Atlantis, and Endeavor. Though space machines, NASA’s shuttles were all named after famous ships. This low-level title fuels reading interest for the most reluctant students by presenting an assortment of fun facts about the shuttles that took astronauts on famous space adventures.
It was an Earth satellite that started the space race between Russia and the United States. Russia sent Sputnik 1 into space in 1957, and the U.S. responded with Explorer 1 in 1958. In this high-interest title, reluctant readers will learn all about the machines that first signaled the space age.
Exploring the universe greatly depends on space robots. They go where astronauts cannot go and survive where astronauts cannot survive. Food, water, sleep, and oxygen are not required for them to function, and radiation exposure is not a concern. Young readers curious about space will gravitate toward this high-interest title.
The Hubble Space Telescope is a lens for discovering the hidden secrets of outer space. The tool has zoomed in on unknown galaxies! This book gives young readers a close-up of the Hubble Space Telescope, showing off its mirrors, cameras, solar panels, and more.
Explorers of the fourth planet from the sun, Mars rovers collect rock and soil samples with their robotic arms. They also snap pictures of the Red Planet. Curious young readers can wander around with rovers in this book to look for signs of life on Mars.
Did you know that more than 70 probes have been sent to the moon in the past 50 years? Their missions have included orbiting the moon to take pictures and gathering samples of moon material. This children’s title maps the probe-driven progress on making the moon a base for space exploration.
Robonauts have been built to be substitutes for astronauts. They are made to look and move much like humans so they can take over time-consuming or dangerous space work. This high-interest book lays out the similarities and differences between astronauts and their high-tech doppelgangers.
The largest space machine to ever orbit Earth is the International Space Station. It is essentially a giant science lab for astronauts. Interested young readers are invited to enter the International Space Station in this title and defy gravity like the astronauts inside.
The planet Mercury has highs around 800 °F and lows around -280 °F. Students will learn about Mercury's discovery, physical characteristics, and the environment that supports these extreme temperatures. Blastoff! Series
The United States accelerated the space race in 1958 by forming NASA. Eager readers will learn about the history of NASA and its many manned and unmanned missions. Blastoff! Series
Jupiter is the largest planet in the solar system. It is known for its giant spinning storm called the Great Red Spot. Young students will learn all about Jupiter's discovery, storms, moons, and how this giant planet has been explored. Blastoff! Series
Mars is known as the red, rocky planet. It has many volcanoes, including the solar system's largest one. Eager readers will learn about the physical features of Mars and its place in the solar system. Blastoff! Series
The Hubble Telescope travels at 17,500 miles per hour to capture fascinating images of space. Young learners will read about the creation of the Hubble Telescope and the ways we use it to learn more about the universe. Blastoff! Series
Earth is the only planet in the solar system known to support life. Children will explore our home's water, atmosphere, and the diverse land features that make Earth a beautiful place to live! Blastoff! Series
Saturn has the largest and most complex ring system of any planet in the solar system. Young learners will read about Saturn's discovery, its physical traits, and how the sixth planet in the solar system has been explored. Blastoff! Series
Neptune is the farthest planet from the sun. It takes 165 Earth years to complete a single orbit! Young students will learn about the discovery of Neptune, its moons, and the information gathered by Voyager II, the only space probe to pass by this distant planet. Blastoff! Series
The sun radiates light, heat, and energy at the center of the solar system. Eager students will explore how the sun works and its relationship to Earth and the other planets. Blastoff! Series
Astronauts live and work on space stations that orbit Earth. Young readers will read about space station parts, the first space stations, and the International Space Station. Blastoff! Series
Space shuttles bring astronauts into and out of space. Children will learn about the history of space shuttles, the advanced technology onboard, and how these vehicles perform their missions. Blastoff! Series
With reflective clouds, Venus appears to be the brightest planet in the night sky. Young students will read about the discovery of Venus, its harsh environment, and the ways it has been explored. Blastoff! Series
The planet Uranus has a bright blue-green color because of methane gas in its atmosphere. Young children will learn about the discovery of Uranus, how it has been explored, and why it is tilted on its side! Blastoff! Series
The moon is the largest object in the night sky. Young readers will learn about the moon's phases, surface, and how humans have explored our closest space neighbor. Blastoff! Series