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Pioneers in Astronomy and Space Exploration


The pioneers of astronomy and space exploration have advanced humankind's understanding of the universe. These individuals include earthbound theorists such as Aristotle, Ptolemy, and Galileo, as well as those who put their lives on the line travelling into the great unknown. Readers chronicle the lives of individuals positioned at the vanguard of astronomical discovery, laying the groundwork for space exploration past, present, and yet to come.

Series: Inventors and Innovators

Interest Level: Grades 7-12

Guided Reading Level: Z

Lexile Level: 1220

ISBN: 9781615307425 (E-book)

Copyright: ©2013

Pages: 144

“In a concise format, the author describes the achievements of thirty–seven men and women who sought to understand the mysteries of the universe. The timeline spans from Ancient Greece to Space Exploration in the 21st century.... Striking photographs are found throughout the book. A glossary, a section on More Information, Web Sites, and Index are also included. This book will give readers background information on the history of man’s quest to learn and understand the mysteries of the universe.” —Jean Worsley, NSTA Recommends, January 2013

“Each entry opens with a pithy overview, then provides a biographical summary followed by an explanation of his or, more rarely, her accomplishments in nontechnical language. Some articles also feature a color photo or historical image, and the back matter includes a short bibliography, plus annotated lists of organizations and websites. ... this provides useful material for assignments.” — John Peters, Booklist Online, February 2013

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