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Title:
Space station science : life in free fall
Author:
Dyson, Marianne.
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Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic, 1999.
Physical Description:
128 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 27 cm
Summary:
Describes space stations, the International Space Station, the training and activities of its crew, and the conditions that will exist on it, including weightlessness and the dangers of radiation and meteors. Includes experiments and activities simulating conditions in space.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
910 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 6.6 5.0 106988.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 6.5 7 Quiz: 17394 Guided reading level: NR.
ISBN:
9780590058896
Format :
Book

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Delving into life on a space station, this fascinating book includes the nitty gritty of getting into space and staying up there. What's it like to live without day and night? What happens to your muscles when there's no gravity? And what happens when a meteor hits the space station?


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Booklist Review

Gr. 4^-7. Dyson, formerly on NASA's mission control team, explores the details of living and working in space. Drawing on experiences of astronauts and cosmonauts, she explains their training, then launches readers on a space flight. There is continuous discussion of basic necessities such as air, water, power, climate control, communications with the earth, food, and hygiene, as well as the challenges of doing space walks and scientific experiments. Children will be pleased to find an unusually thorough explanation of the space station bathroom, complete with a photo of its high-tech commode. Dyson also discusses hazards such as high-energy radiation and collisions with space objects. The precisely written text, illustrated with many full-color photos, leads readers to imagine life in orbit and to do a number of simple experiments related to space flight. A glossary and a list of organizations and Web sites conclude this inviting and informative volume. --Carolyn Phelan


Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-"In space, a gallon of water costs as much as a house, you can't get any TV stations, and opening a window will kill you." Gathering information from astronauts and other scientists, Dyson takes readers through crew training and launch; covers physical necessities and hazards, including a detailed look at space toilets; describes the kinds of tasks and research that can be performed on a space station; then brings astronauts back to Earth for a study of the effects of an extended stay off-planet. Artfully mixing big questions ("If people stayed in space, would they end up as blobs?") with well-chosen scientific and personal details, Dyson at once excites and informs young readers. Clever, low-tech demonstrations and experiments elucidate physical principles. The illustrations include lucid cartoons and color photos, and a concluding list of Web sites will expedite further inquiry. Though the author only focuses on the U.S. and Russia and is weak on historical background, with the upcoming construction of the International Space Station, this consciousness raiser couldn't be better timed. A lively, up-to-date replacement for Don Berliner's Living in Space (Lerner, 1993) and Larry Kettelkamp's Living in Space (Morrow, 1993).-John Peters, New York Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.