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Title:
Pluto
Author:
Stefoff, Rebecca, 1951-
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Publication Information:
New York : Benchmark Books, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
64 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
Series:
Summary:
Describes the discovery of Pluto, the ninth planet, what has been learned about it, and the current controversy over whether it is a planet at all.
Language:
English
Contents:
The discovery of Pluto -- Pluto and Charon -- At the edge of the solar system -- Plutonian puzzles.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 8.8 2.0 63964.
ISBN:
9780761414049
Format :
Book

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Describes the discovery of Pluto, the ninth planet, what has been learned about it, and the current controversy over whether it is a planet at all.


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Booklist Review

Gr. 3^-5. From the Blastoff series, these books discuss the discovery of the two planets, what is known about them now, and how astronomers hope to learn more. Pluto describes how the ninth planet, its moon Charon, and the Kuiper belt were located and why some scientists refuse to classify Pluto as a planet at all. Readers will learn about the mission to Pluto, Charon, and the Kuiper Belt that was authorized in 2001 but later canceled. The outlook for research seems brighter for Mercury, with a NASA space probe scheduled for 2004 and a joint mission by Europe and Japan planned for 2009. Mercury explains what researchers hope to learn from these projects and traces the long history of people observing the planet: from sky gazers in the ancient world to the Arecibo radio telescope in 1965 to the Mariner 10 space probe in 1974. Stone clearly explains what is known about the planet today. Illustrated with digital images, photographs, and paintings, many in full color, the books look attractive. In Mercury, though, multipage features occasionally interrupt the main text in a way that may confuse readers. The closing pages of each book carry a glossary, a bibliography of suggested readings and of sources, and lists of relevant Web sites. --Carolyn Phelan


Table of Contents

The discovery of Pluto
Pluto and Charon
At the edge of the solar system
Plutonian puzzles