Retells the story of Ursa Major as the transformation of Callisto and Arcas, discusses the astronomical features of the constellation Ursa Major, and describes the history of the constellation and its myths in world culture including the role of the Big Dipper in the Underground Railroad.
Offers readers a captivating look into the race between the United States and Soviet Union for space dominance. Learn about the many missions into space and humankind's first journey to the moon. Additional features include a Fast Facts spread, critical-thinking questions, primary source quotes and accompanying source notes, a phonetic glossary, resources for further study, and an index.
Introduces readers to galaxies and how they form. Learn about what is found in galaxies and different galaxy shapes. Includes step-by-step instructions to make a galaxy in a jar. Additional features include fun facts, a table of contents, a phonetic glossary, an index, and sources for further research.
Introduces the cycles of the night sky. Readers will gain insight into why the night sky changes, learn about different constellations, and discover how the moon is involved. Additional features include a diagram of the cycle, table of contents, a phonetic glossary, an index, an introduction to the author, and sources for further research.
Introduces the cycles of seasons and their impact on Earth. Readers will gain insight into how Earth's tilt plays an important role, how the hemispheres are effected differently, and what happens when seasons are disturbed. Additional features include a diagram of the cycle, table of contents, a phonetic glossary, an index, an introduction to the author, and sources for further research.
2020 New York State Reading Association Charlotte Award Master List In 1961, President John F. Kennedy issued a challenge to the nation: land astronauts on the moon by the end of the decade. The Apollo program was designed by NASA to meet that challenge, and on July 16, 1969, Apollo 11 lifted off from Kennedy Space Center carrying astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin Aldrin. Apollo 11's prime mission objective: "Perform a manned lunar landing and return." Four days after take-off, the Lunar Module "Eagle," carrying Armstrong and Aldrin, separated from the Command Module "Columbia," and descended to the moon. Armstrong reported back to Houston's Command Center, "The Eagle has landed." America and the world watched in wonder and awe as a new chapter in space exploration opened. Through verse and informational text, author Rhonda Gowler Greene celebrates Apollo 11's historic moon landing.
It's 1969 and Marty's family lives on the U.S. island of Guam, where his father manages the NASA tracking station. It's important work and never more so than during the Apollo 11 space mission, where the tracking station relays signals back and forth between the astronauts and Mission Control in Houston, Texas. Along with the rest of the world, Marty listens to every mission update, including the historic landing on the moon and astronaut Neil Armstrong's first steps. But during Apollo 11's return to Earth, something goes wrong. There is a problem with the tracking station's antenna during the final hours of the mission. The problem must be resolved--the antenna is the only way Mission Control can communicate with the astronauts before Apollo 11 splashes down. Marty finds himself playing a key role in helping bring the craft safely back to Earth. Based on actual events, young readers get a front-row seat to this historic event in this new entry in the Tales of Young Americans series.
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.
Debris from space is hurtling toward the school. Paisley and pals scramble to build something to divert disaster.
Presents 12 of the most epic space journeys. Readers will take an armchair tour of Neil Armstrong's first walk on the moon, a visit to the International Space Station, the NASA Voyager Program, and more.
Takes a look at 12 of the biggest breakthroughs in space technology. From the rockets and satellites to the first man on the moon, space shuttles and space stations, the book features historic photos, engaging sidebars, and covers the impact of each breakthrough.
Only 12 humans have walked on the Moon. But scientists have learned a lot about Earth’s night light. We know how it was formed, about its relationship with Earth, and its surface features. The informative text pairs with fascinating fun facts and special features to provide an in-depth look at Earth’s closest neighbor.
If humans ever make it to Saturn, they won’t be able to land on its surface. This enormous planet has no solid ground! Beyond its seven magnificent rings, Saturn swirls with dense clouds of gas. This fascinating planet is on display in this book full of special features, fun facts, and beautiful photos.
Uranus is an ice giant that spins completely on its side! Scientists have studied it since its discovery in 1781, but Uranus remains one of the solar system’s most mysterious planets. In fact, only one spacecraft has ever visited the planet. This hi/lo title uses fascinating fun facts, special features, and photos to give readers a crash course on the coldest planet in the solar system!
In 2006, Pluto was reclassified as a dwarf planet. Small, rocky dwarf planets make their home on the outer edges of the solar system. Scientists use telescopes to study Pluto and the dwarf planets as they orbit the Sun. Their fascinating findings are on display in this informative title about some of the solar system’s most far-away objects!
Earth is the only home humans have ever known. But there is so much to learn about it! From what the planet is made of to how it likely formed, this informative title will take readers on a journey around the blue planet. Through fact-filled text, special features, and plenty of fun facts, readers will learn all about Earth’s place in the universe!
Journey to the red planet! Given its similarity to Earth, Mars has long fascinated humans. Today, we are closer than ever to unlocking the mysteries of how Mars formed and whether the planet once held life. Filled with fun facts, special features, and informative text, this title will fascinate anyone who has ever dreamed of traveling to the red planet.
Jupiter is the biggest planet in the solar system! This gas giant is also one of the most fascinating. From its famous Great Red Spot to its dozens of moons, Jupiter holds several mysteries for the scientists who study it. This fascinating title will show readers that Jupiter is as interesting as it is huge!
Mercury is the closest planet to the Sun! It may be small, but it is full of extremes. Temperatures range between -300 and 800 degrees Fahrenheit! As it zooms around the Sun every 88 days, the speedy planet is hard to spot. This informative title shows some of the many mysteries scientists have uncovered about Mercury. Its colorful photos, fun facts, and special features are sure to delight any reader interested in space!
Neptune is the outermost planet in the solar system! It may look a calm blue, but this huge planet is swirling with activity. A thick layer of clouds gives way to whirls of rocks and ice. There may even be an ocean beneath its clouds! For readers with an interest in space exploration, this Neptune title is sure to fascinate. Colorful photos, fun facts, and special features make this book one worth checking out!
A single day is longer than a year on Venus! This hot, rocky planet is much like Earth, but it holds many mysteries that scientists work hard to unravel. How did it form? What is it made of? These questions and more will be answered in this informative book about Venus – a planet often called “Earth’s Twin.”
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.
Shining stars! What is a star, anyway? Take a trip through the starry sky to learn all about constellations, what happens when stars explode, and learn more about the star closest to us: the sun! Stories by Ken Croswell, Ph.D. and Highlights for Children.
Brr! Five snowmen race down a hill, but only one makes it to the finish line. In another kind of "snowstorm," Jem uses her quick thinking to save her new friend, Vianna. Issac is excited to see snow for the first time, and Angela finds a new way to fly. Stories by Kathleen Doherty, Roxanne Werner, Nancy Dearborn, and Wendy Hogarth.