Mighty Mission Machines: From Rockets to Rovers

Mighty Mission Machines: From Rockets to Rovers

by Dave Williams, Loredana Cunti


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Check out the amazing machines that make space travel possible.
From the spaceship itself to the wrench needed to make in-flight repairs, machines of every kind are the backbone of space travel. In this, the third book in the Dr. Dave Astronaut series, the former NASA astronaut takes readers on a tour of the incredible equipment that allows humans to travel, live, and work in space:
Kids will be fascinated to find out:
• How spacecraft have evolved from the 1960s to today
• How rockets power the spacecraft for liftoff—and enable it to re-enter Earth’s atmosphere
• All the equipment a spacesuit contains—including a TV camera
• How Robonaut, the on-board robot on the ISS, works and contributes to missions
With its focus on technology and engineering, this book is a must-have addition to any STEM studies. Lots of photos and humorous illustrations make this an entertaining way to get kids interested in the nuts and bolts of space travel today and into the future.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781773210124
Publisher: Annick Press, Limited
Publication date: 04/10/2018
Series: Dr. Dave -- Astronaut
Pages: 52
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.50(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range: 8 - 11 Years

About the Author

Co-Author Dr. Dave Williams is a Canadian astronaut who participated in spaceflights aboard two NASA space shuttles; he also became an aquanaut through undersea research in the world's only underwater research laboratory. Dr. Williams currently works in healthcare and is the CEO of a hospital near Toronto.

Co-Author Loredana Cunti is a specialist in children’s entertainment, a former Senior Vice President of Children’s Programming at Universal Pictures and a Cordon Bleu Pastry Chef. Loredana has developed a number of book-based characters for television including Geronimo Stilton, Pink Panther, and most recently George Green by Stephen and Lucy Hawking.

Table of Contents

Welcome from Dr. Dave

Introduction: Mighty Machines

1. Here We Come!

Where Exactly Is Space?

All Aboard!

Humans in Space Meet Your Spacecraft


Fuel for Flight Rev Those Rockets

2. Home Away from Home

A Space Hotel

Has Anyone Seen a Plug?

Extraterrestrial Tents

3. Get to Work!

A Tough Job

Call in the Robots

An Astronaut’s Tool Kit

4. On the Move

Here, Rover!

Who’s Driving?

Suit Up!

5. Heading Home

Goodbye, Galaxy

How Do We Land This Thing?

6. Do You See What I See?

Telescope Talk

Is That Star Moving?

Conclusion: Free-Floating Future

Further Reading

Image Credits


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