Destined for Space

Dewey: 629.45
This title covers these subjects:  Outer spaceAstronauticsSolar system

Destined for Space: Our Story of Exploration (Hardcover)

by Don Nardo

Capstone Press
Who hasn’t looked to the night sky and wondered, what’s out there? Miracles of human curiosity, bravery, and science have made it possible to begin answering that question. From wishful stargazing to moon walking to, someday, intergalactic travel, the story of human space exploration is full of daring adventure, incredible machinery, and endless curiosity about our place in the universe.

Reading Level: 4-5
Interest Level: 2-6
Lexile Level: NC 720L
Accelerated ReaderATOS Level: 5.4
AR Points: 1.0
AR Quiz Number: 149188
Early Intervention Level: 27

ISBN:  9781429675406 / 1-4296-7540-3
Publisher:  Capstone Press
Brand:  Smithsonian
Copyright: 2012
Language: English
Page Count:  64
Page Dimensions:  8 1/2 x 11
Binding:  Reinforced Library Binding

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Booklist Online - Carolyn Phelan

This simply written and colorfully illustrated book offers children an accessible introduction to “humanity’s greatest adventure.” Beginning with a quote from H. G. Wells, Nardo traces the dramatic history of space exploration and efforts to see beyond the solar system. He also looks at possible future projects and closes with a nod to the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) program, tying it back to the opening quote from Wells. Along the way, sidebars fill in readers on related matters, from Newton to the Mir space station. In this large-format volume, more space is devoted to pictures than to text. Drawn from a variety of sources, the many illustrations include photos, space telescope images, archival materials, and artists’ conceptions of future space programs. The double-page time line is illustrated with an international selection of postage stamps marking noteworthy events. A good addition to libraries, this book provides a succinct history of space exploration and a big-picture perspective of its importance.

February 1, 2012

Blooming with Books blog

There is a timeline of important events in the history of space travel, starting with the first known written story concerning traveling into space in 160 A.D. through 2015's study of Pluto.

February 1, 2012

The Planetary Society blog - Emily Lakdawalla

Destined for Space (64 pages) is an illustrated history of the human fascination with space, split roughly evenly among the pre-spaceflight era (going back to a Greek science fiction story from 160 AD!), the century of flight, and the future of space exploration. It's focused mostly on human spaceflight, with only a few pages given to robotic missions. It's lavishly and excellently illustrated.

December 11, 2012

Denton ISD, Texas - Wendy Marsh

Wow. Highly recommended for grades 4 and up.

January 21, 2013

A Book and a Latte blog - Don Nardo

Thank you to Capstone Press for this title! I've always dreamed of becoming an astronaut, and the Space Shuttle was an important icon for me growing up.

December 4, 2011