Ganymede, one of Jupiter’s 53 moons, is the largest moon in the solar system. It is even larger than the planet Mercury! Moons are found throughout the solar system and beyond, circling planets and asteroids. In this book, reluctant readers will find the answers to how moons form, where they are found, and so much more!
In 2014, exoplanet Kepler-186f was found in the habitable zone of its system’s star. It is just one of 40 discovered exoplanets providing information about the potential for life outside Earth. From masses of rock to gas and ice giants, planets can tell us a lot about the rest of the universe. This title takes readers through the beginnings of these celestial bodies, why we study them, and much more!
The Sun’s outermost layer, the corona, is only visible to the naked eye during a total solar eclipse! This important star impacts our daily lives, from providing the necessities of life to affecting our means of communication. Studying the Sun provides information about the galaxy and beyond. This title is one shining star young readers will not want to put down!
Are we alone in the universe? Those that believe in alien abductions think they know the answer. This title explores the mysteries of alien abductions and the tools and technology behind researching them to debate the question of whether aliens have ever visited Earth.
About 120,000 pounds of space dust falls to Earth every day. All of this dust comes from asteroids! Asteroids are chunks of rock and metal that orbit around the sun, but some venture near Earth from outside the solar system. Through detailed photos and fact-filled graphics, this title introduces readers to the phenomenon of asteroids.
What has a nucleus, coma, and two tails? Why, a comet, of course! The wonder and mystery of comets has excited humans for centuries, and they continue to provide valuable information about the solar system and the creation of the galaxy. This title will introduce striving readers to comets with thought-provoking information, fascinating facts, and engaging images.
On the darkest of nights, the white sparkle spanning the sky provides a glimpse at the far reaches of the Milky Way galaxy. But there are trillions more just in the observable universe! This title allows readers to explore these collections of stars, planets, and space debris that span across light-years of space.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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
Pluto is a dwarf planet with three known moonsâ€”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
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