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Astronaut, Dr. Mae Jemison : the 100 year starship
Jemison, Mae, 1956-
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Publication Information:
New York : Children's Press, [2013]

Physical Description:
48 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm.
Discusses traveling great distances into space and studying it while living there.
Giant leaps in history -- Journey to the stars -- Designing a starship -- Living in interstellar space -- Here and now.
Reading Level:

4 to 6.

900 Lexile.

890 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.6 0.5 156895.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 6.2 3 Quiz: 60263.

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TL793 .J46 2013 Juvenile Non-Fiction Childrens Area
TL793 .J46 2013 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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In 1992, Dr. Mae Jemison made history by spending eight days in Earth's orbit, making her the first black woman ever to visit space. Twenty years later, Dr. Jemison is pushing space travel forward again with her 100 Year Starship Foundation. In this new True Book series, readers will join Dr. Jemison as she guides them on a tour of our solar system and explains how astronomers have used technology to discover new stars and planets.

Key Features:

Engaging text provides insights into space exploration from legendary astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison Timelines illustrate the ways our knowledge of space has changed over time Glossaries explain difficult scientific terms in a way that makes them easy to understand Eye-catching images give readers an up-close look at the far reaches of space Additional content for further learning on this subject available at

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Enhanced with high-quality color photos, this title in the A True Book: Dr. Mae Jemison and 100 Year Starship series describes the 100YSS initiative to make interstellar space travel possible for humans. Jemison, the book's coauthor and world's first woman of color in space, will lead the initiative. The thorough yet accessible text reveals that designing a starship is no easy task, explaining the difficulties in creating enough chemical fuel to power the spacecraft, as well as the challenges of protecting humans from radiation, extreme temperatures, and lack of oxygen. And what about living inside the starship? A final chapter addresses how advancements in starship technology, such as alternative fuel sources and conservation of natural resources, could benefit life on earth. Intermittent facts and concluding statistics keep readers engaged and looking to the stars.--Leeper, Angela Copyright 2010 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-5-These titles offer properly tantalizing surveys of our local stellar neighborhood and its ongoing exploration. "The 100 Year Starship" initiative aims "to investigate, research, and prepare for humans to travel beyond our solar system to other stars." Each volume opens by asking readers two true or false questions, promising they'll "find the answer in this book." Despite handsome packaging, star-quality authors, helpful time lines, closing "True Statistics" summaries, and resource lists with online extensions, the information is readily available in existing sets. The illustrations feature an undifferentiated mix of photos and speculative paintings, and the texts contain moot claims, such as that the Big Bang began with a particle and that atoms "are the tiniest forms of matter." The unbalanced focus on the U.S.'s space program and probes means that astronauts from Russia and China are mentioned only briefly and creates a misleading impression that NASA has been the whole show. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.