Title: Exploring Space: From Galileo to the Mars Rover and Beyond
Author: Martin Jenkins
Illustrator: Stephen Biesty
Publisher: Walker Books
Genre: Children’s non-fiction, Science – Astronomy
Book format: Paperback
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Description:   Who hasn’t wondered what it’s like out in space, far from Earth?  For centuries, that was all human beings could do: look up and wonder…But now we’ve landed on the moon, put robots on Mars and sent probes billions of miles to explore the far reaches of the solar system.
Find out in this fascinating book how we made the great leap into space, what the chances are of our settlling on other planets and where in the solar system we might find alien life.

*Free copy provided by publisher for review…

Review:  This is such an interesting book I really enjoyed reading it! ‘Exploring Space: From Galileo to the Mars Rover and Beyond’ is around A4 in size, although wider, and is filled with thick glossy pages of both text and some illustrations. The illustrations are more like diagrams but are all fascinating to look at and really helps keep your interest in reading the book.

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As the name suggests, this book is all about the past, present and future of space exploration. It begins in the past by telling us about the ancient people who dicovered the Earth evolved around the Sun rather than the other way around and explains the ways in which human knowledge of space has continued to improve over the years. It then goes into more detail about the increasing interest in space and the space race which led to the moon landing all the way to the modern age and what new discoveries we are making to this day. There’s also a section on what the future could hold with colonies on Mars or a space elevator!

I like the way in which this book is set out and how easy it is to read and take in all the information. There is an introduction which explains a bit about the space around our planet and our solar system in the universe and all the information is explained with some briliant and quite detailed illustrations. The information is broken down into chapters which aren’t very long and are all very interesting to read. Although there can be a lot of text per page, there is never more than just one page filled with text while the other will have an illustration or diagram. This really helps break down the passages of text and there’s always something interesting to look at.

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The illustrations really make it easier to understand the information you are given and I love how detailed they are. They often span two pages or the whole page and if something is a bit difficult to grasp such as how the Mars rover works, then it is all explained with arrows pointing out the different parts and step-by-step information on what happens. There are illustrations of so many things, from simpler ones like the orbits of satalittes around our planet, to more detailed ones like an illustration/diagram of the International Space Station, an astronauts space suit, etc. Each of these illustrations is not only clear but also colourful and as I’ve already said, it just makes the whole book all the more easy and fun to read. I also love the added details such as people and cars in some images!

At the end of the book there is a glossary of many of the terms and words used which is helpful if you don’t understand everything. There is also a timeline of all the discoveries and various milestones in space exploration. Most of these have been mentioned in the book but it’s good to see it all arranged in a timeline, which ends at 2020.

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I have to say that after reading this book, even as an adult, I feel so much more interested in all things space related than I ever did before! It’s not only a well written book but without the illustrations I don’t think I would have enjoyed this as much as I have. I’ve also learned some fascinating things such as the potential of life on other planets (it’s especially interesting to think what could be on one of Saturn’s moons!). I’d definitely recommend this to all children and in fact anyone of age! It’s a great book for introducing an interest in space and it could begin a lifelong fascination too!

What do you think of this book?  Are you interested in space exploration or astronomy?  Would you want to go into space?  Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂