Space Disasters

From the Series Disasters Up Close

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 8
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

Imagine watching a space shuttle on the launchpad, ready to blast off into orbit. Astronauts have embarked on some of the most amazing adventures and made incredible discoveries. Yet sadly some the most well-planned launches have ended in tragedy. In fifty years of space travel, space disasters have claimed the lives of more than twenty astronauts and one hundred space workers. In two of the worst disasters, space shuttles exploded, killing all the astronauts onboard. With dramatic images and eyewitness accounts—plus the latest facts and figures—this book gives you a close-up look at space disasters.

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Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 5
Genre Science
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Lerner Publications ™
Language English
Publication Date 2008-01-01
Dewey 363.12'42
Graphics 1-color illustrations, Full-color illustrations
Guided Reading Level W
ATOS Reading Level 5.9
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 119392
Accelerated Reader® Points 1.0
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Bibliography/further reading, Charts/Graphs/Diagrams, Glossary, Index, Maps, Photo captions, Reviewed, Sidebars, Source notes, Table of contents, and Timeline



“Whether you are a space fanatic or just a casual reader, this book on space disasters will be fascinating.”

School Library Journal

“These books share a similar format: concepts in science and engineering are complemented with historical case studies. Captioned, full-page color photographs reveal the enormity of such incidents as the Exxon Valdez oil spill and the space shuttle Challenger explosion.”
School Library Journal

The Horn Book Guide

“This volume’s dynamic explanations of the Columbia, Challenger, and other space disasters will hook readers.”
The Horn Book Guide

Author: Mary B. Woods

Mary B. Woods is an elementary school librarian in the Fairfax County (VA) Public School system. She has presented at international librarians' conferences. Mary is the researcher on the Woods team, and Michael is the writer. They have written almost 40 books.

Author: Michael Woods

Michael Woods is a science and medical writer whose nationally syndicated newspaper stories and columns have won numerous national awards. He directs a program at the American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific society, to inform the public about science. Michael is the writer on the Woods team, and Mary is the researcher. They have written almost 40 books.