50 Animals That Have Been to Space
From the Series Beginner's Guide to Space
Since the early days of flight, animals have helped researchers learn how to survive in the sky, and their role continues as humanity voyages into outer space. In 1783, a rooster, a duck, and a sheep were placed in a basket attached to the first hot-air balloon. In the age of rockets and space travel, many more animals have traveled into orbit, and most have returned safely to earth.
This book tells the stories of 50 trips into space, and the animals and the scientists involved. An appealing introduction to space exploration, this book encourages young readers to engage in real science.
|Interest Level||Grade 2 - Grade 5|
|Reading Level||Grade 3|
|Category||5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Browseable Nonfiction, Animals, STEM, STEM: Space Science|
|Publisher||James Lorimer and Company Ltd., Publishers|
|Number of Pages||88|
“. . . [A] generally triumphant tally of liftoffs, landings, and scientific insights.”—Kirkus Reviews
School Library Journal
“A fascinating, compact look at how a variety of creatures informed scientists’ knowledge of space travel’s potential impact on human bodies—once started, it’s difficult to put down.”—starred, School Library Journal
Author: John A. Read
John A. Read is a telescope operator at the Burke-Gaffney Observatory, and sits on the board of directors at the Halifax Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.
Author: Jennifer Read
Jennifer Read has a passion for animals that led her to an internship with American Humane's Film and Television Unit. There she worked on movie sets with wolves, horses, and many other animals.