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Destination: space : living on other planets
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<p>Will humans ever be able to live on other planets? Former NASA astronaut Dr. Dave Williams is the person to ask. </p> <p>It turns out that Earth is a pretty good place to live. Finding other habitable environments in space is no easy task: temperatures on Mercury are ten times hotter than on Earth; winter on Neptune lasts about forty years, and Uranus is ten billion miles (sixteen billion kilometers) away.</p> <p>But there is one planet that looks promising: Mars. Even though it takes six months to get there, Mars most closely resembles Earth. So what would it take to make it habitable--and what would life look like there?</p> <p>As in the other three titles in the Dr. Dave: Astronaut series, this book demystifies space travel. The science is explained in simple terms while the sense of adventure is ever-present. This book belongs in the hands of every child interested in space, and in every classroom where STEM is taught.</p>
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Vacationing on other planets may seem like a crazy notion, but Dr. Dave has an even wilder one: people from Earth living on other planets. Retired Canadian astronaut Williams begins by discussing the factors that make Earth a Goldilocks planet, just right for human habitation. After considering the conditions (heat, cold, weak gravity, poisonous gasses, no atmosphere, no solid surface, no known water) that make individual planets and moons in our solar system less than ideal for earthlings, he looks at the everyday challenges of living on Mars or our moon in more detail. Like the three earlier volumes in the Dr. Dave Astronaut series, this large-format book has an attractive, high-energy presentation, with text boxes, color photos, and cartoonlike digital drawings of kids and animals on every page. Perhaps the main advantage of hearing these ideas from an astronaut is credibility, but the text combines practical information with a light tone and irrepressible optimism that kids will find engaging. Will the book's readers live on another planet some day? It could happen! --Carolyn Phelan Copyright 2018 Booklist
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