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Cars on Mars: Roving the Red Planet Hardcover – July 1, 2009
I Will Follow Jesus Bible Storybook
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Starred review. Dubbed Spirit and Opportunity in a naming contest won by a nine-year-old, the two golf-cart-sized rovers sent to Mars in 2003 were designed to last for three months. Battered but game, they re still inching along all these years later. Here Siy not only pays affectionate tribute to their longevity titling her final chapter Shake off the dust, recharge at the rest area, and continue indefinitely but also describes and explains in exact detail their most stirring discovery: strong evidence that water once drenched, dribbled, dripped, doused, trickled, gushed, and poured on the Martian surface. An array of large illustrations includes a labeled diagram that identifies all of the rovers scientific gear, plus color photos, photo composites, and (carefully identified) artists conceptions of Martian vistas, craters, rocks, and even microscopic features. Closing with plenty of useful end matter and a full-page planetary portrait, this title will sweep readers up in an exploratory mission that has come closer than any other so far to finding sure signs of extraterrestrial life. --School Library Journal, starred review
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Meanwhile, a child can open the book and find a two-page panorama of the Rover Opportunity at Victoria Crater. Then a colorful composite photo showing the realative size of Mars and Earth. "Mars is kind of small," a young reader might say. But in the following pages there are so many vistas and closeups, all the way to the second last photo -- a smaller sun starting to sink behind the rim of Gusev Crater. Thanks to rover Spirit for that one.
The author, Alexandra Sly has written more than a dozen books for chilren, including science books, and she creatively presents the basic science of Mars, along with the careful research by the two slowly moving rovers. Just the title "Cars on Mars" will get the attention of a much wider audience.
I have tried to keep up with Mars missions for decades, but enjoyed every page of this update on the rovers which began exploration back in 2004.
For example, after Spirit's "high speed" drive of 1.6 miles in 10 weeks, the rover took a picture of a "peculiar" rock that scientists named "Pot of Gold." It was small enough to hold in your hand, but had lumps sticking out of it and stripes running through it. Was water involved? Spirit scraped out a hole on its surface, and other elements were found, including sulfur and cholorine. Scientists made the call that water had been present.Read more ›
In the summer of 2003 two little Mars Exploration Rovers named Spirit and Opportunity were launched from earth towards our distant neighbor. Both rovers landed safely and spent their time exploring their new home. Running on sunshine, the rovers were expected to last around three months. As of this book, they've covered almost six years and taken more than 217,000 photographs. They've survived several near death experiences, and yet they keep on plugging along. This is their story of what they found, with tons of photographs taken along the way.Read more ›