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This Is Rocket Science: True Stories of the Risk-taking Scientists who Figure Out Ways to Explore Beyond

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Three, two, one... we have liftoff! Vetted by NASA scientists, This Is Rocket Science explores the past, present, and future of space travel. Readers learn how fireworks in ancient China developed into the fire arrows used by Genghis Khan; we meet Sir Isaac Newton, Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, and learn how their imaginations shaped rocketry. We revisit the era of Sputnik, the satellite that launched a superpower space race, ending with moonwalks and a rendezvous in space. Finally we look forward to the future challenges of Mars and beyond. We also get a sneak peek at new technologies like space elevators, solar sails, ion propulsion, and more.

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