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published: Mar 2020
ISBN:9781459506022

50 Animals That Have Been to Space

by Jennifer Read, with John A. Read

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Since the early days of flight, animals have helped researchers learn how to survive in the sky, and their role continues as humanity voyages into outer space. In 1783, a rooster, a duck and a sheep were placed in a basket attached to the first hot-air balloon. In the age of rockets and space travel, many more animals have travelled into orbit, and most have returned safely to earth.

This book tells the stories of 50 trips into space, with details about the animals and the scientists involved. The experiments, often designed by students, originate from many countries. The book offers an appealing introduction to the purposes of space exploration and the possibilities of safe space travel. It encourages young readers to engage in real science like the young people they will read about in this book.

About the Authors

Jennifer Read

JENNIFER READ grew up in the hills outside San Francisco. A passion for animals led her to a prestigious internship with American Humane's Film and Television Unit in Los Angeles, California, where she worked on movie sets with wolves, horses and many other animals. Jennifer is now a member of the Junior Bengal Lancers, an equestrian society located in Halifax. She lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with her husband and writing partner John A. Read.
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John A. Read

JOHN A. READ's journey into astronomy began with a small and rickety telescope purchased at the local pharmacy. He was fascinated that it was possible to observe the moon and Saturn with its rings with such meager equipment. He knew he had to share these views with others. After writing his first book, 50 Things to See with a Small Telescope, John retired from his career in corporate finance. John is now a telescope operator at the Burke-Gaffney Observatory, sits on the board of directors at the Halifax Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and is studying astrophysics at Saint Mary's University. He lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
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Contributor Notes

JENNIFER READ grew up in the hills outside San Francisco. A passion for animals led her to a prestigious internship with American Humane's Film and Television Unit in Los Angeles, California, where she worked on movie sets with wolves, horses and many other animals. Jennifer is now a member of the Junior Bengal Lancers, an equestrian society located in Halifax. She lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with her husband and writing partner John A. Read.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
6 to 10
Grade:
3
Reading age:
8 to 9
Awards
  • Commended, Junior Library Guild Selection
Editorial Reviews

"A generally triumphant tally of liftoffs, landings, and scientific insights."

— Kirkus Reviews

Starred Review

— School Library Journal

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