Far-Out Guide to Asteroids and Comets

Far-Out Guide to Asteroids and Comets


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Have you Ever Seen a Comet or a Shooting Star? They may look pretty, but these giant space rocks can cause major destruction. Scientists think that an asteroid that crashed to Earth caused the extinction of the dinosaurs. Now, scientists keep a close watch on comets and asteroids using high-powered telescopes and spacecraft. Learn about the amazing missions, the dedicated scientists who plan them, and many far-out facts about asteroids and comets.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780766031883
Publisher: Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/01/2010
Series: Far-Out Guide to the Solar System Series
Pages: 48
Product dimensions: 7.84(w) x 9.26(h) x 0.32(d)
Age Range: 9 - 11 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction 5

Chapter 1 Tracking Space Rocks 8

Asteroids at a Glance 19

Comets at a Glance 19

Fast Facts about Asteroids 20

Fast Facts about Comets 22

Asteroid and Comet Timeline of Exploration and Discovery 24

Chapter 2 Comets up Close 27

Chapter 3 What's Next for Comets and Asteroids? 36

Words to Know 44

Find out More and Get Updates 46

Index 48

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