Travel the near and far reaches of the solar system in this lively, beautifully illustrated Smithsonian nonfiction book!
Ready for a wondrous celestial journey? How about a trip to our close neighbor Mars, home to the largest volcano in the solar system? Or to Europa, a watery lunar world with a really deep ocean? Or beyond the beyond to mysterious Planet 9, an unseen giant lurking in the far outer regions of space?
This extraordinary book puts you right there: breaking through colorful gaseous hazes; exploring the surface of red-hot or ice-cold planets; hurtling through rings of flying, frozen ice chunks; and rocketing on out to deep space. Astronomer David Aguilar is our navigator on these seven wonderful trips through our solar system—journeys that someday may actually happen!
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About the Author
David Aguilar is an astronomer, artist, author of several notable books on space for children, including Cosmic Catastrophes: Seven Ways to Destroy a Planet Like Earth. He is the former Director of Science Information for the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. As a member of the New Horizons Spacecraft Team, he handled the media coverage of the Pluto fly-by. He lives with his wife outside Aspen Colorado, where he’s built his own observatory. Asteroid 1990 DA was named in his honor by the International Astronomical Union. Read more about the author at davidaguilar.org.
"Aguilar weaves together a narrative of science and imagination—readers can envision what it would be like to set foot on these distant lands . . . Students will be fascinated and educated at the same time." —School Library Journal
Praise for Cosmic Catastrophes by David Aguilar:
★ "Readers who like their adventure and danger on a planetary scale will be captivated by this book . . . Outstanding." —School Library Connection, starred review
"Chilling, compelling, and clearly explained . . . A wild and thought-provoking look at what potential calamities await our planet." —School Library Journal