Showing posts with label american space missions. Show all posts
Showing posts with label american space missions. Show all posts

October 18, 2013

American Space Missions

With the new film, Gravity, now being shown, American Space Missions—Astronauts, Exploration, and Discovery focuses on dramatic stories of space mission milestones. Great for the reluctant reader, these six titles contain exciting stories about space exploration. Each 48 page book discusses one particular aspect of space exploration and discovery.

The Coolest Job in the Universe reveals how astronauts eat, sleep, work, and more at the International Space Station (ISS.) The ISS is examined from its design and construction to the amazing astronauts who work there and the types of research and experiments they perform.

Danger in Space is about the Apollo 13 mission and the survival of its three astronauts after an explosion in the oxygen tank. Apollo 13 was more than two hundred thousand miles from Earth when the explosion occurred, and the astronauts had a new mission: not landing on the Moon, but surviving.

The Hubble Space Telescope is the subject of Eye on the Universe. This telescope captures the amazing wonders of space, relaying the photographs back to Earth, and allowing scientists and astronauts the ability to study parts of space that were completely unknown. Want to see the black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy? What does a storm look like on Saturn? The answers to these questions (and more) can be found because of the Hubble Space Telescope.

Space Shuttle Disaster is an in-depth look at the Challenger disaster. On January 28, 1986, in Cape Canaveral, Florida, the Challenger blasted off from the launchpad, only to explode in mid-air less than two minutes later. What caused the explosion? Who were the seven people aboard? What has changed since this disaster to make flying to space safer? The answers to these questions, and more, are answered in this title.

The Gemini 4 mission is the subject of Spacewalk. Pilot Ed White was able to see the states while walking in space. This first American spacewalk was a monumental achievement, and it helped push the space program towards its ultimate goal of landing on the Moon. Learn about the technology that made it possible and the brave astronauts who helped to get this accomplished.

Learn about Neil Armstrong's first steps on the Moon's surface in Walking on the Moon. On July 29, 1969, Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin were aboard the Eagle as it touched down on the surface of the Moon, with Buzz Aldrin exiting the Eagle shortly thereafter, joining Armstrong on the Moon's surface.

All six of these titles are available in library and paperback editions, as well as eBooks. They are available from your preferred vendor, your local independent bookstore,, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.

August 27, 2012

Walking on the Moon

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Enslow has just released a new series American Space Missions–Astronauts, Exploration, and Discovery, which includes Walking on the Moon. This title is all about that famous trip on Apollo 11 that landed Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins on the moon --- the first time any human being had done so.

Did you know that Neil's line, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind" was actually written by him for that moment?

This 48-page title details how these astronauts trained, describing how Neil Armstrong maneuvered the Eagle, which was the lunar module of Apollo 11, onto the surface of the moon, while running low on fuel. Eagle had been programmed to land on a certain spot, but Neil had to override the system because the landing area had too many boulders which would have damaged the lunar module.

After performing their tasks and splashing to Earth in the ocean, these three men then had to remain quarantined for eighteen days. There was a concern that they had possibly brought alien germs back with them.

This title, and the other five titles in this series, are available from your preferred vendor or from Enslow directly.

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July 16, 2012

July 16, 1969 was a special day in American history

That was the day Apollo 11, carrying Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins blasted off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This mission landed the first Americans on the moon, with Neil Armstrong taking his first steps on the moon on July 20. It was this moment that the famous quote  "One small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind" was heard by people worldwide, as the event was broadcast live on television.

Walking on the Moon, part of the American Space Missions—Astronauts, Exploration, and Discovery series, gives students an understanding of how this first mission took place and how it started a mission of space exploration that would last for decades.

Written for reluctant readers, this six book series also includes The Coolest Job in the Universe, Danger in Space, Eye on the Universe, Space Shuttle Disaster, and Spacewalk.


June 18, 2012

Today is the anniversary of the first American woman in space

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On June 18, 1983, Dr. Sally Ride became the first American woman in space aboard the space shuttle Challenger. This was the second flight for Challenger, and the first flight for a five-person crew. Dr. Ride was a mission specialist, and during this flight, they deployed a satellite for Canada as well as one for Indonesia, among other duties. They spent 147 hours in space before landing. This is the same space shuttle that exploded in January 1986.

Enslow Publishers has recently published a six-book series entitled American Space Missions. Dr. Ride is mentioned in the Space Shuttle Disaster title, when President Ronald Reagan asked her to be part of the Rogers Commission, which was formed to try to determine the cause of the accident.

Written for the reluctant reader, this series will keep those students who are interested in space wanting to read all of them. Other titles in the series include: The Coolest Job in the World; Danger in Space; Eye on the Universe; Spacewalk; and Walking on the Moon.