Above and Beyond: NASA's Journey to Tomorrow
Above and Beyond: NASA's Journey to Tomorrow
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Annotation: Describes the history of NASA, detailing major contributors to the space program, its historic achievements and challenges, and how it will continue to move forward in the future.
Genre: Engineering
Catalog Number: #168859
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Pages: 153 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-250-30846-1
ISBN 13: 978-1-250-30846-7
Dewey: 629.4
LCCN: 2018936427
Dimensions: 29 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
NASA had its sixtieth birthday this year, and this oversize tome traces its development from Explorer I, launched back in 1958, through the Mars Rover. The narrative develops in chronological order, with numerous detours for biographical profiles, detailed photo captions, sidebars, and "Fun Facts" (Mae Jemison, the first African American woman in space, began her space shuttle shifts with "Hailing frequencies open," a line made famous on Star Trek by the USS Enterprise's communications officer Lieutenant Uhura). Readers learn about daily life on the International Space Station, technological innovations, and international competition and cooperation, alongside reports on animal astronauts, space toys, and an entire chapter on the intersection of science fiction and hard fact (the question-and-answer format responds to queries such as, "Why is Darth Vader's breathing so weird?"). The book ends with a look to the future. Space nerds will be hooked; an extensive bibliography makes this a natural for report writers, and the format and generous artwork will attract browsers.
Horn Book
This roughly chronological history of NASA touches on its inception; space missions with and without humans; the many scientific experiments conducted during missions; and the scientists, engineers, and astronauts associated with these endeavors, including a chapter on the decades-long path to diversification of the agency. Some topics are explored in depth, while others receive more superficial treatment. Sidebars, profiles of personnel, "fast facts," and frequent photographs crowd the pages. Bib., ind.
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Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 146-150) and index.
Reading Level: 4.0
Interest Level: 4-7
Lexile: 1190L

Since NASA was established in 1958, it has landed rovers on distant planets and launched telescopes deep into space--all so that we can look back to the beginning of time. Through stunning images provided by NASA and fascinating profiles and sidebars of lesser known contributors to the NASA program, young space fans will learn how NASA started, how it faced challenges along the way, how much it has achieved, and how it will continue to move forward in the future. NASA's boundless curiosity and urge to explore lies at the heart of the human adventure. NASA rises to the urgent challenges we face, using its massive reach and expertise to find answers to vital questions like: How can we learn to live in a more extreme natural environment? Inspired by Rory Kennedy's documentary of the same name (airing 10/2018), Above and Beyond aims to leave audiences hopeful and inspired about the future of our planet--and convinced that NASA is essential to our continued survival as we mark its important anniversaries and dream of new discoveries to come.

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