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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.”
All about space! Learn about everything from space junk, to how stars and galaxies were formed. What can we learn about space that could help us in the future? Stories by Tony Helies and Ken Croswell, Ph.D.
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.
Astronauts in space! Hear from real life astronauts and learn about what they do when they're in space. Hear answers to kids' questions, and see beautiful pictures taken by an astronaut from the International Space Station. Stories by Jack Myers Ph.D., Highlights for Children, and Amy Hansen.
Space discoveries! Learn all about how modern scientists are making new discoveries about objects in space. Read about the tools, techniques, and research that goes into making these fascinating discoveries! Stories by Ken Crosswell Ph.D., Vicki Oransky Wittenstein, and Amy Cattapan.
Swirling galaxies! Scientists and astronomers have determined that there are other galaxies just like ours, and have even calculated how old they are. Learn about how scientists determined that our galaxy is a giant swirling pinwheel of stars. Stories by Ken Croswell Ph.D., Tony Helies, and Highlights for Children.
Our planets! Get to know all about Pluto's size, landscape, and more! What are the different phases of the moon? Where did Saturn get its rings? Is the earth really spinning? Learn the answers to these questions, and more! Stories by Ken Croswell, Ph.D. and Highlights for Children.
Science and technology! Learn advances in keyboard technology, how computers find websites, and answers to questions such as "why are computers slow?" Discover how astronomers make an important outer space discovery and follow a robot as it roams Antarctica. Stories by Highlights for Children, Kimberly Shillcutt Tyree, Ph.D., E. Renee Heiss, and Anthony Atkielski.
In Astronomer, carefully leveled text and vibrant, full-color photographs take early fluent readers on an informational interview with a space scientist. Readers learn about the day-to-day responsibilities and challenges of this career and the things they can do now to prepare for work as an astronomer. An infographic illustrates the tools of the trade, and an activity offers kids an opportunity to extend discovery. Children can learn more about astronomers online using our safe search engine that provides relevant, age-appropriate websites. Astronomer also features reading tips for teachers and parents, a table of contents, a glossary, and an index.
What are UFOs? Are they real? What do they look like? Have aliens visited Earth? Explore these questions and read "The Valley of the Zombies," a thrilling story about aliens invading Earth.
Millions of years ago, a giant meteorite killed all of the dinosaurs. Find out how! Will humans all be killed the same way? Find out what we can do. Is there life on the planet Mars? Scientists think maybe the answer is yes. Find out why. Then read a scary story about what might happen, Doom From Space.
Is our planet Earth the only place in the universe where there is life? Or could there be life on other planets? If so, where will we find it? On other planets? Mars? What do you need for life? How did life start? Did life on Earth start in space? Find out how weird life on Earth can be.Then read a great story about searching for life on alien planets: The Search for Life. Sometimes things just aren't as simple as they seem!
Buzz and his friend Miranda are thrilled to meet the stars of their favorite television program "Star Searchers," but soon learn that their heroes are just ordinary people as they join forces with the actors to battle aliens from the planet Xycon.
Astronauts and cosmonauts were the heroes of a 20th Century battle without weapons—the race for global dominance in space. The Space Race explores how the quest to put “a man on the moon” fueled fast-paced scientific research and kept the world occupied with more peaceful pursuits at a time when the world seemed to be on the edge of nuclear annihilation. Readers will learn how to examine primary and secondary source materials, which reveal the political and scientific implications of the space programs in the United States and the former Soviet Union.
From voyaging farther into the universe than ever before to the possibility of living on Mars, technological innovations are turning former dreams into reality. Space Tech explores these exciting advances through stunning photography, informative and engaging text, and a timeline of the historic achievements that have transformed our understanding of the universe. This imagination-capturing title also examines the surprising ways we already benefit from space technology, including enriched baby food and laser eye surgery.
Humans are pushing farther into space with the ingenious and ambitious innovations of space entrepreneurs. This engaging title describes the new ways entrepreneurs are using science and technology to take us beyond Earth—from satellite technology and imaging to new rockets and other ventures in space exploration. Detailed case studies of successful entrepreneurs and a hands-on project help readers understand the principles of entrepreneurship.
Astronomers look up into the sky and yearn to understand the universe. They ask questions about the distant stars and galaxies and wonder what lies beyond them. This title aims to create meaningful connections between the scientific concepts readers learn in the classroom and how they are applied in the real world by astronomers searching for answers.
How adventurous are you? This exciting book takes us beyond our comfort zone and examines what it might be like to live a lifetime in space. This forward-looking book takes readers from current technology to what innovations in technology are being pursued to support living for years beyond Earth. Amazing artwork illustrates the scientific possibilities of living on the Moon, Mars, or Venus, transportation systems for "sleeper" passengers, rotating megastructures to simulate gravity, and even modifying humans to suit space environments.