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A look at Venus
Spangenburg, Ray, 1939-
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Publication Information:
New York : Franklin Watts, [2001]

Physical Description:
112 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
Reading Level:
1080 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 8.1 2.0 67648.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 8.7 6 Quiz: 32110 Guided reading level: U.
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QB621 .S648 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QB621 .S648 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QB621 .S648 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QB621 .S648 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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This Series meets National Curriculum Standards for: Science: Earth and Space Science History and Nature of Science Science and Technology Science in Personal and Social Perspectives Social Studies: Global Connections Individual, Groups, & Institutions Science, Technology, & Scoiety Time, Continuity, & Change

Author Notes

Ray Spangenburg is an author who specializes in writing about science and technology. As a journalist he has covered NASA and related science activities for many years.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 6-8-Though padded in places, and astronomically priced, these planetary look-sees take other introductions, such as Michael D. Cole's Venus (Enslow, 2001), Elaine Landau's Saturn (Watts, 1999), or Seymour Simon's great but dated titles Venus (1992) and Saturn (1985, both Morrow), to the next level of detail. As the Cassini-Huygens probe is still en route, the authors draw on previous missions and observations for Saturn. They devote separate chapters to the history of saturnology, the planet's composition, its grand rings, its array of small moons, its largest and in some ways strangest moon Titan, and puzzles that haven't yet been solved. There are a few loose ends, however, in that the authors never do explain how Saturn could have a "rocky inner core," but "no surface," for instance, or how it came to block Mars from view in 1027. Venus is similarly arranged, though because that planet is moonless, its atmosphere and tortured-looking terrain come under extended scrutiny. Both volumes feature generous numbers of color photos and artists' conceptions, adequately reproduced and with composites or color enhancements noted. They also include profiles of some of the men and women who have studied these planets, and close with chronologies, plus a proper array of summary charts, books, and Web sites. Overall, readers will come away from these titles with a deeper understanding of, and appreciation for, the wonders and mysteries of these fellow travelers in our solar system.-John Peters, New York Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Prologue: Taking a Hike on Maxwell Montesp. 9
Chapter 1 Earth's Neighboring Twinp. 14
Chapter 2 Visiting Venusp. 31
Chapter 3 Tortured Terrainp. 56
Chapter 4 Lethal Airp. 76
Chapter 5 More Mysteries to Solvep. 87
Missions to Venus: Vital Statisticsp. 93
Exploring Venus: A Timelinep. 94
Glossaryp. 98
To Find Out Morep. 102
Indexp. 108