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Mars
ISBN: 9780531203880
Author: Landau, Elaine
Publisher: Franklin Watts
Published: September 1999
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Annotation: Reviews the history of Earth's observation of the red planet since ancient times, explores the results of modern scientific studies carried out by telescope, satellite, and landing probe, and speculates on a future human landing.

Space exploration is no longer new, but new discoveries are being made every day. This series explores those discoveries, revealing the latest scientific observations about our solar system, exploding myths using newfound data, chronicling the journeys of space pioneers, and detailing the methods scientists and astronomers use to map planets where no human has been before. As our knowledge of the universe expands with astronomical speed, Space provides a timely introduction to a popular intermediate-grade subject.
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Physical Information: 0.48" H x 9.63" L x 8.32" W 64 pages
Bargain Category: Upper Elementary, Science, Non-Fiction, Middle School
 
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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2000 February)
Gr 5-7-Correcting old errors and adding new information, Landau updates her 1991 introductions to the next two planets beyond Earth. There have been plenty of developments in the meantime including the Ulysses and Galileo probes that have provided close-up views of Jupiter and its moons, Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9's spectacular crash into that planet, and Mars Pathfinder's considerably softer landing in 1997 to launch little Sojourner. Along with a generous selection of paintings and enhanced-color photos, readers will get a summary of our developing knowledge of each planet, plus a glimpse of plans for future exploratory missions. Both accounts close with lists of books, Web sites, and places to visit. Despite the revisions, these titles still lag well behind events-particularly Mars, which goes into generalities after Pathfinder and mentions the Mars Polar Lander not at all-and so are recommended for supplementary purchase, after such titles as Seymour Simon's Destination: Jupiter (Morrow, 1998) and Sally Ride and Tam O'Shaughnessy's The Mystery of Mars (Crown, 1999).-John Peters, New York Public Library Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.