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Space Academy: How to Fly Spacecraft Step by Step Paperback – 13 May 2013

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Product details

  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd; 01 edition (13 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500650144
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500650141
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 0.8 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,040,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A novel and effective way to teach the science and investigation of the universe ... contains a wealth of well-presented information ... Will make young readers feel like experts on space flight. --School Librarian

Fast facts with fascinating tips and trivia ... clear diagrams and artwork --Spaceflight

About the Author

Deborah Kespertis a children s book author. She has written many books for children including Genius! and Space Academy.

David Baker is a space scientist who worked with NASA on the Gemini, Apollo, and Space Shuttle programs between 1965 and 1984. He has written more than eighty books on spaceflight technology, including the NASA Space Shuttle Manual .

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As a granddad who was 10 years old when Apollo 11 landed on the moon, I have always been interested in space exploration. When I saw this on the Vine, I thought it would be ideal to inspire my 7 year old grandson in a similar way. The book gives a view on the past, present, and (possible) future of space exploration, in a fun and informative way. I am delighted to say, also, that it HAS been very inspirational to said 7 year old, who has proudly shown it to his teacher and class at school, and it has become very useful in his class project, where they are learning about the moon! There is an excellent quiz at the end of the book, which he thinks granddad has cheated at, as he knows all the answers, but he is learning with this, and his imagination is being sparked by the stars, planets and machines we have sent to explore them. An EXCELLENT book, and highly recommended.
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My eight-year-old son liked this book very much. There are nearly 50 pages of space fun. It starts with Be An Astronaut, which details Your Spacesuit and Training Time. The latter section isn't for young children or squeamish adults, as it features a paragraph called Ride the 'Vomit Comet' which is the nickname for a place that lets an astronaut experience what it is like to float weightless in space. There is also a section called Astronaut Heroes. There is an attractive mix of photographs and cartoons throughout this book.

Other sections include Rocket Power, We Have Lift-Off!, Moon Mission, Moon Landing, Back To Earth, Shuttle Launch, Space Station, Spacewalk, Shuttle At Work, Space Map, Destination Mars, Robot Craft, Spaceplane, Future Travel, Space Rockets, Satellites, Space Shuttles, Space Probes, Landers and Rovers and ends with a space quiz.

The last five sections are labelled under the ID Guide banner. They provide all the statistics a fact-hungry child could want. That's not to say the other sections aren't fact-filled too. In addition to the main text, which itself is divided into small, easy-to-digest chunks, there are regular features such as Space Lingo, Wow Facts and Did You Know?
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By S Riaz HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Sept. 2013
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This is a fantastic, fact filled book, about how to be an astronaut. Badges at the top of each page tell your child whether they are studying in the classroom, at astronaut school or on a live mission in space. Every page has loads of pictures and diagrams, plus quizzes. This really does have a lot of information about space; from the space shuttle to the spaceplane, the space station to landing on the moon. It has lots of appeal, especially for boys who prefer factual books, and my own nine year old son loved it. It is also ideal for homework or school projects and is an interesting and informative read. I am sure that any child with an interest in space will enjoy this and also find it useful and educational.
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This has absolutely everything you would want to know about space, planets, exploration, astronauts, and the moon. A great book for the young budding astronaut in your family, and you will also learn some interesting facts as well.

A couple of things were missing like - how many flags are there actually on the moon? And some of the pictures were the same as we found in our other space books - but this is to be expected to some extent as we have not been back to the moon for some years.

There are almost 50 colourful pages covering; be an astronaut, rocket power, moon, shuttles, destination mars, and a space quiz at the end.

A great book if you like space.
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By P M Buchan VINE VOICE on 28 Oct. 2013
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For an inquisitive mind wanting to learn more about space travel this is a pretty good book. I can't speak about the accuracy of the information, but it's brilliantly presented, in very colourful spreads full of facts and figures.

I found the angle of the book (how to fly a spaceship) a little odd, but of course my children liked this aspect best of all, and I've long ago learned to distance myself from what I think makes a good read and what they do!

Neither of my children are old enough to read this without help, but we've enjoyed dipping into it and talking about space, the moon and what it must be like to be an astronaut. A good starting point for thinking about space, even if it is a little advanced for us.
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I was fascinated by space as a child and still find it extremely interesting. I would have loved a book like this when I was younger and think it would make the perfect gift for the star gazer or space fan in your life. Whilst initially most would assume it is aimed at boys (which if I'm being honest, it probably is) I would say that it would also appeal to girls (I mean just because it's not pink, that shouldn't rule them out!)
This is an imaginative book which gets the kids to actually think about space and space flight whilst engaging their imagination - sometimes something that gets forgotten about in these times of flashing video games where everything is imagined for you.
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By A to Z TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Nov. 2013
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This is an engaging, easy to read and interesting book about the varied aspects of space and space travel that is sure to please any Primary School child who wants to find out about this topic - my 9 year old loves it! There is exactly the right balance of text and photos on each page and each topic is covered in a comprehensive yet easy to understand way. It would be ideal material for projects and it's really written in a way to appeal to children with quizzes, drawings and illustrations to make a complex subject accessible to this age range.

Highly recommended, this is a great quality paperback.
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