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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Basher Basics: Space Exploration by Simon Basher

Release Date - October 2013

Simon Basher

Book Review by Bob Walch

Filled with all sorts of interesting information about space travel, this little book invites young readers to venture to the outer limits of the cosmos. They’ll learn about Apollo 11, the Space Shuttle, and the International Space Station in the book’s first chapter.

Chapter Two delves into the Venus Express which was launched in 2005 and will end its mission this year, Sputnik 1, and the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Then, in the next chapter, you’ll move even further out in space and read about Voyager 1 and 2, the Galileo program, and the historic Cassini-Huygens flight sent out to study Saturn’s rings, atmosphere and moons.

Finally, the book’s last short chapter looks at the James Webb Space Telescope set to launch in 2018 and the Planck and Kepler telescopes, plus the Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence project and Gaia, a mission to make a three-dimensional map of the Milky Way.

Designed for young readers eight years of age and up, this book will serve as a good introduction to space exploration. It comes with a small poster that budding astronauts can remove and add to their bedroom’s wall decor.

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