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Title:
Beyond : a solar system voyage
ISBN:
9780810983229
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2009.
Physical Description:
121 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 29 cm.
Reading Level:
1210 L Lexile
Summary:
Presents the solar system from the perspective of the space probes sent to explore the heavens.
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Discover what the solar system looks like up close in this definitive collection of space exploration images. Since the 1960s, NASA has been sending unmanned satellites to explore the planets, moons, and sun. These probes have amassed a stunning visual record of other worlds, revealing not one but scores of new frontiers, from rust-red Mars to Saturn with its ethereal rings. Michael Benson has pulled together the most spectacular of these images into a volume that focuses on the awesome appearance of these celestial bodies. He discusses what the photos actually reveal about the places in simple language children will understand. The book includes a glossary, a bibliography, and an index.   "Dramatic, unframed color photos on thick glossy paper…the science details are just as exciting as the pictures. Starting with a long chapter on the early history of astronomy, Benson examines the Solar System from the perspectives of robot explorers launched in the last 60 years. He also gives in-depth descriptions of how the photos were taken by unmanned spacecraft…The informal text raises the big questions that will captivate young readers: Are we alone in the universe? Has Mars ever supported life? Does life exist there now? Or elsewhere? More than 20 space probes are in action right now, and engaged readers will want to reference the listed Web sites. The comprehensive glossary is also a handy resource."-- Booklist
 
"A mesmerizing grand tour of solar-system high spots. Gathered with the premise that they are significant achievements in the history of not just science, but photography as well, these big, sharply detailed images were all taken by (specifically) space probes and were chosen for their visual impact…the photos range from a primitive 1967 composite shot of the Moon to haunting close-up views of mysterious Neptune and its moon Triton taken by Voyager 2 in 1989…our nearest neighbors in space have never looked better."-- Kirkus Reviews

F&P level: Z
F&P genre: I


Author Notes

Michael Benson is a journalist and maker of documentary films, including the award-winning Predictions of Fire (1995). His work has been published in the New York Times , the New Yorker , and Smithsonian , among other publications, and he has been a television (CNN) and radio (NPR) reporter. He is also the author of the Abrams bestseller Beyond: Visions of the Interplanetary Probes . He lives in New York City.


Reviews 4

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-7-Never have the planets, asteroids, and moons of our solar system looked better than in this album of super-high-quality space photos-selected for young viewers from an earlier compilation for adults. Chosen as much for their eye-candy appeal as for their significance, they'll propel even the most firmly earthbound children on a mind-expanding imaginary voyage. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Horn Book Review

This handsome coffee table-style volume organizes its narrative of the solar system from Earth outward, following the path taken by space probe missions over the past fifty years. An introduction briefly describes celestial observation from ancient times through today. Chapters present impressively crisp images of planets and other bodies and descriptions of how and when the pictures were taken. Bib., glos., ind. Websites. (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.


Kirkus Review

This bargain edition of Beyond: Visions of the Interplanetary Probes (2003) may lack the double gatefolds, more than half of the pictures and the Arthur C. Clarke introduction, but it does still offer a mesmerizing grand tour of solar-system high spots. Gathered with the premise that they are significant achievements in the history of not just science, but photography as well, these big, sharply detailed images were all taken by (specified) space probes and were chosen for their visual impact. Arranged roughly in the order in which they were taken, the photos range from a primitive 1967 composite shot of the Moon to haunting close-up views of mysterious Neptune and its moon Triton taken by Voyager 2 in 1989. Benson includes several asteroids, but not comets or dwarf planets because, he claims, decent photos of these do not yet exist. Except where they descend into outright error (Venus is not "by far the hottest place in the solar system"), the accompanying text and captions just rehash commonly available facts, but our nearest neighbors in space have never looked better. (glossary, notes, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.


Booklist Review

With dramatic, unframed color photos on thick glossy paper, this big photo-essay looks like a coffee-table browser, but the science details are just as exciting as the pictures. Starting with a long chapter on the early history of astronomy, Benson examines the solar system from the perspectives of robot explorers launched in the last 60 years. He also gives in-depth descriptions of how the photos were taken by unmanned spacecraft. More technological information about how scientists identified the space probe's findings would have been welcome, but the informal text raises the big questions that will captivate young readers: Are we alone in the universe? Has Mars ever supported life? Does life exist there now? Or elsewhere? More than 20 space probes are in action right now, and engaged readers will want to reference the listed Web sites. The comprehensive glossary is also a handy resource. Older students may want to move on to Benson's adult title of the same name, published in 2003.--Rochman, Hazel Copyright 2009 Booklist