The shiny third installment of the wonderfully illustrated Kids Books for Young Explorers series, this book is for anyone who loves reading playful poems, discovering cool science, and chasing down a galaxy full of fun. Buy this tail-wagging journey now!
This paw-some space adventure will delight you with vibrant descriptions, incredible facts, and cutaways in every scene to preview the next destination.
A dog’s about to blast off.
The solar system is a big place, and if you want to see all it has to offer you need to blast off into space. In this solar system amazing space adventure, two children and a dog take to the skies to visit each planet from Mercury to Neptune and discover fun facts along the way.
Before humans could go into space, the Soviets and the Americans conducted rigorous tests on how animals would fare in spaceflight. This included testing a dog’s ability to endure launch, microgravity and other extreme stresses.
To choose the best candidates, rocket scientists searched for stray dogs that were obedient and tolerant of noises and changes in air pressure. They also selected females to be easier to rig up and brightly colored dogs so they could be easily recognizable in video footage from the spacecraft.
During the 1950s and 60s, the Soviets sent over 20 dogs into space (some never returned). Most famously, Laika was the first dog to fly into orbit as part of the Sputnik 2 mission in 1957.
Laika’s flight paved the way for humans to reach space, and it inspired generations of kids around the world to dream of traveling to outer space. A monument to her – and other space dogs – has been erected outside the Star City Cosmonaut Training Facility in Moscow.
Other dogs blasted into space, including Dezik and Tsygan, who flew in suborbital flights with R-1 rockets in 1951. These dogs wore pressure suits and acrylic glass bubble helmets.
Aside from proving that dogs can fly, the Russians sent dogs into space for other reasons as well. These dogs helped cosmonauts get used to wearing space suits and other aspects of spaceflight. They also acted as test subjects for parachute deployers.
The Russians sent dogs into space in a number of ways, but the most impressive one was a special launch vehicle that carried them up to an altitude of 100 km and then released them on re-entry. They were then recovered without injury and buried in a specially designed grave. This was a feat that has since been surpassed by NASA and other space agencies.
A spaceship’s about to fly.
A spaceship is a machine or vehicle designed to be launched into outer space. They are used for a variety of purposes, including communications, Earth observation, meteorology, navigation, space colonization, planetary exploration and transportation of people and cargo.
There are many different types of spacecraft, all with unique systems and capabilities. They include crewed and uncrewed vehicles, with varying levels of autonomy.
When designing a new spacecraft, the engineers have to consider all of these things. They also have to make sure that the design will withstand all of the stress and strain that will be placed on it.
As a result, spaceships take years to be developed. They often undergo many hours of testing before they are ready to be put into space.
The designers then build full-scale models of the spaceship, called mock-ups. These are often fabricated in fiber glass or other inexpensive materials and tested to see if they can meet the required performance specifications.
If the design has passed these tests, then it is ready for manufacture. The final design will then be built as a flight model, or actual prototype.
Once a mock-up is finished, it will be sent to a test facility for a series of experiments to see how it fares against various environmental conditions and possible flight scenarios. This will help ensure that the design will be able to withstand the pressures and temperatures in space and will be able to carry out its tasks without any problems.
Even the best-designed spaceships will face challenges in their flight. A planetary atmosphere, for example, is much more difficult to deal with than the atmosphere on Earth because of the density and pressure differences.
Another problem is the gravity on some planets and moons. For example, the acceleration of gravity on Jupiter’s surface is 2.53 m/s2, more than 28 times that of the Earth’s. That would be too much for a small, light plane like the Cessna 172 to handle.
For all of these reasons, it’s probably not a good idea to fly a plane on any of the planets or moons in our solar system. Not only would the aircraft be unable to keep up with the planets’ orbits, but the atmosphere on some of the planets is so thin that it would melt the vehicle within minutes.
The Sun’s about to shine.
In addition to the dazzlingly bright Sun, our solar system also has a lot of other amazing things to see and explore. Whether you’re out on the road in your car, enjoying a stroll around town or flying across the sky in a spaceship, the planets and stars are always there to give you something to look at.
A luminous glow, especially in the sun’s outer regions, is what we usually think of as “sunlight” or the “sun’s heat.” But what really makes the sun shine is a process called nuclear fusion. This happens in the center of the Sun where high temperatures and pressure make hydrogen atoms join together to form helium atoms, giving off a lot of energy. The process is also what turns water into liquid.
Using this same process, a star like the Sun can turn a few hundred grams of hydrogen into enough energy to keep it shining for millions of years. Fortunately, this energy is stored in the core of the Sun. It can take a million years for this energy to reach the surface of the Sun, but once it does, it can provide a steady supply of light and warmth to the Earth.
The Sun’s fusion of hydrogen into helium is also the source of the Sun’s other major contribution: the visible light we see when we look up at it from our planet. The visible light is called a photon, and is the most common form of energy.
As the name suggests, the photon is a type of electromagnetic energy that comes from the interaction of electrons with protons. It’s the biggest energy transfer known to science.
It’s no wonder that the Sun has been dubbed the “king of the skies.” This is why it’s so important to stay safe when traveling by air or water, and why we need to pay attention to what’s happening around us.
The Moon’s about to glow.
You’ve probably seen the moon glowing before, but you may not have understood why. Astronomers say that the moon reflects a lot of sunlight back to us because it is so close to us. Using the albedo scale, astronomers measure how much of the sun’s light an object in space reflects, from a white snowflake to black coal.
The albedo of the moon reflects about a third of the sunlight that hits it. This is how it looks brighter than the stars, but it is a bit dimmed by the Earth’s atmosphere, so we can’t see it in the night sky.
As the moon moves into the shadow of Earth, it should start to illuminate a portion of its disk that is in the umbra. The illumination should be very faint, like a smudge or tarnishing of the upper left part of the moon’s disk. Then, it will appear to gradually deepen and spread as the rest of the disk comes into the umbra.
In a few hours, the moon should be fully immersed in Earth’s dark umbral shadow, causing it to shine anywhere from 10,000 to 100,000 times fainter than it was just a couple of hours ago. This is the time when totality, the time of the eclipse, begins. The moon will glow a deep red during this time.
The moon will be shining in a variety of colors during this time, as it moves through the different phases of the moon. The lower portion of the moon’s disk should appear to be the brightest, with hues of copper or chocolate brown, while its upper section should be a darker shade, with shades of reds and oranges.
This is also the time when the astrophysical phenomenon called “earthshine” occurs, where the unlit side of the moon appears to glow brighter than the illuminated side. This happens because the shorter wavelengths of light move faster than the longer wavelengths, so they get bent. As the shorter wavelengths cross the dense air at the horizon, they separate from the longer wavelengths of sunlight and are reflected by the Earth’s atmosphere.
Bringing the wonders of space to life is simple with this fun flap book that features lots of flaps, popups and pull-tabs. It’s packed with astronomy facts about stars, moons and planets to fuel your child’s curiosity and excitement for outer space exploration!
This shiny third installment in the wonderfully illustrated Kids Books for Young Explorers series for ages three to nine will delight you with beautiful pictures, vibrant descriptions and incredible facts. Explore the planets closest to the sun to those farthest away, zooming from Mercury to Neptune on an unbelievable cosmic tour!
About the Author
From the bestselling author of Amelia’s Amazing Space Adventure comes a brand-new book in this series about daring young space adventurers. This shiny third installment in the Kids Books for Young Explorers series will delight children with vibrant descriptions, incredible facts, and an exciting journey into the deepest reaches of the solar system! Explore the planets closest to the sun to those farthest away, zooming from Mercury to Neptune on an unbelievable cosmic tour.
About the Publisher
The Kids Books for Young Explorers series is a series of beautifully illustrated, engaging children’s books designed to stimulate children’s curiosity about space and encourage them to explore their imaginations. This is the perfect series for any child interested in space exploration and science.
This book is a great choice for children aged three to nine.
About the Publisher
Solar System Amazing Space Adventure will delight you with vibrant descriptions, incredible facts, and beautiful pictures. Explore the planets closest to the sun – from Mercury to Neptune – on an unbelievable cosmic tour.
The third book in the shining Kids Books for Young Explorers series, this is an exciting journey into the depths of space, and a great way to introduce children to the wonders of outer space. The text is accessible for young readers yet rich in information and detail, and cutaways in every scene preview the coming destinations.
This is a fun and fascinating book about boldly reaching for the stars, from the publisher that brings you all of the popular kids’ books from the New York Times bestselling author Gene Lipen.