A Child's Introduction to Space Exploration - Signed Copy

Michael E. Bakich, David J. Eicher
Item #81852

Young readers will take a journey throughout the universe in this new interactive, fact-filled book from Astronomy Editor-in-Chief David Eicher and Contributing Editor Michael Bakich.

Space Exploration presents an exciting narrative of humanity’s journey toward the stars and a look forward at the exciting times to come, all with an eye toward inspiring young minds.” — David J. Eicher, coauthor and Editor of Astronomy

Order now, and you'll receive a limited-edition copy signed by authors David Eicher and Michael Bakich!  Quantities are very limited!

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This interactive, fact-filled book takes kids aged 8-12 on a journey through the universe with answers to all of their questions on space exploration - from what the first rockets looked like and the first animal in space to what space food tastes like and what it's like to live in zero gravity.

Astronomy Editor-in-Chief Dave Eicher and Contributing Editor Michael Bakich explore the history of space exploration from the very first rocket in China, to the moon landing, to the latest missions to Mars (and beyond).  They also cover profiles of noteworthy scientists, engineers, and astronauts including Isaac Newton, Neil Armstrong, Mae Carol Jemison; fun sections on space food, UFOs, a timeline of space suits, and how to go to the bathroom in space; and STEM experiments like how to build your own rocket and how to tell time using the sun.

Packed with dozens of NASA photos and charming original illustrations and a pull-out poster, this fascinating book reveals the wonders of space exploration - past, present, and future!

Order now, and you'll receive a limited-edition copy signed by authors David Eicher and Michael Bakich!  Quantities are very limited!

Author: Michael E. Bakich, David J. Eicher
Size: 10 x 10
Pages: 96
Author Bio

David J. Eicher is Editor-in-Chief of Astronomy Magazine, which he’s led for 18 years. He has been author, co-author, or editor of 25 books on science and history, including The New Cosmos: Answering Astronomy’s Big Questions, and most recently in 2020, published Galaxies: Inside the Universe’s Star Cities and Cosmic Clouds 3-D with co-author Brian MayEicher is Editor-in-Chief of the Asteroid Day project, and has written film scripts for NASA and planetarium shows for Adler Planetarium. In 1990, the International Astronomical Union named the minor planet 3617 “Eicher” in his honor. He lives in Waukesha Township, Wisconsin. 

Michael E. Bakich is Contributing Editor of Astronomy Magazine. He graduated with a B.S. in astronomy from the Ohio State University, and an M.A. in planetarium education (one of only six such degrees ever awarded) from Michigan State University. He is a popular lecturer and has given many print, online, radio, and TV interviews, and wrote, blogged, and starred in videos for Astronomy Magazine’s popular website, Astronomy.com. In 2007, the International Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet Center designated asteroid 131245 “Bakich” in his honor. He lives in Tucson, Arizona.

Table of Contents

Early Space Questions
Twenty Questions about the Space Program
All about Rockets
Activity: Make a Simple Rocket
How Does Gravity Work?
Activity: Calculate Your Weight on Another Planet

The Space Race
Project Mercury
Project Gemini
Getting to the Moon
Project Apollo
The Moon Landing and Beyond
History of Space Suits
Walking in Space
Activity: See Where the Apollo Astronauts Landed
Did We Really Go to the Moon?
The Space Shuttle Missions
The Russian Space Program
A Timeline of Space Travel

Exploring the Universe
The International Space Station
The Hubble Space Telescope
Hubble Facts
Space Food
Women in Space
Earth's Space Centers
Bathrooms in Space
Activity: Find Your Directions Using the Stars and Sun
How Far is Far?
Top Ten Voyager Discoveries

The Future of Space Travel

Exploring Mars
Are UFOs Real?
New Horizons
What's Next in Space Exploration?

What Does That Mean? Space Abbreviations

Space Talk


Photo Credits
Astronomy Discover