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Hello Mars and Goodbye Neil: Books about Space Fiction and Space Fact

Posted on August 27th, 2012 by Mickie.
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It has a big month for space nuts what with the thrill of Curiosity landing on Mars and with the sad news that space legend Neil Armstrong has died.

In celebration of Neil’s life and of Curiosity’s success, here are some of our favorite books about space exploration – a bit of history, a bit of fiction, but I’ll wager that all of them will change the way you think of that quiet night sky for good.

In 1969 Houston, Texas, thirteen-year-old Scott learns to fly from his father, an Air Force flight instructor, but when NASA needs him for a secret space mission, Scott's elation is tempered by concern that his mother, who has moved to Florida, will find out.

Laika tells the story of the Russia's Sputnik II program and the satellite's canine astronaut, Laika. The book focuses on the dog's hard early life and her bond with a trainer named Yelena.

Astronauts describe their experiences in their own words...behind the scenes stories and great photos!

Now we are on Mars--what are we going to do? As a member of a young crew of astronauts on Mars, the reader is faced with real dangers and must make decisions that will determine the success of the mission.

n 2019, teens Mia, Antoine, and Midori are selected by lottery to join experienced astronauts on a NASA mission to the once top-secret moon base, DARLAH 2, while in a Florida nursing home, a former astronaut struggles to warn someone of the terrible danger there.

Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream is a book about thirteen women who fought to be admitted into the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The United States created NASA in 1958 with the requirements of flying, courage, intelligence, resistance to stress, and being in top physical shape. The unspoken rule at the time was that you also had to be a man.

A high school senior wins a space suit in a soap jingle contest and suddenly finds himself on a space odyssey.

Think you have what it takes to be a rocket scientist? Read on and then try your hand at NASA's rocket simulator






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