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Monday, February 14, 2011

This Is Rocket Science: True Stories of... (Young Adult Space Non-fiction)

If you're ready to get your science geek on, this National Geographic offering might be of interest: This Is Rocket Science: True Stories of the Risk-taking Scientists who Figure Out Ways to Explore Beyond.

Note: this ebook is for younger readers (grades 6-9), so it may be too simple for you if you're already a space pro.

Beginning 2,000 years ago when Chinese scientists developed gunpowder and fireworks, this concise title outlines the history of rocket technology, all the way up to twentieth-century marvels, such as the R-7 rocket that launched Sputnik into orbit, and today’s latest research. Throughout, Skurzynski lucidly explains challenging concepts, such as Newton’s laws of motion, and she shows the intricate connections between historical events and scientific breakthroughs, particularly in passages about World Wars I and II and their aftermath: “However unpleasant it might sound, the Cold War stimulated the development of space and satellite technology,” reads one quote from a Russian space engineer. Sci-fi’s important role in shaping modern rocket science will intrigue kids, who will also enjoy reading about young people’s cutting-edge contributions, including a magneto-plasma rocket MIT students made from a Coke can and a plastic water bottle: “They built it for fun, but . . . it worked! This is how exciting future technologies are born.” Amply illustrated with a mix of captivating photos and archival art, this will inspire interest in a wide audience. Grades 6-9.

This Is Rocket Science


  1. It's probably written in a way I can understand it. :) Happy Valentines! :D

  2. That looks like one I'd like to pick up for my kids. Thanks for the tip!