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 liftoffand enable it to re-enter Earth’s atmosphere
• All the equipment a spacesuit containsincluding 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.
About the Author
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?
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?
3. Get to Work!
A Tough Job
Call in the Robots
An Astronaut’s Tool Kit
4. On the Move
5. Heading Home
How Do We Land This Thing?
6. Do You See What I See?
Is That Star Moving?
Conclusion: Free-Floating Future