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The Story of a Mars Rover

The Story of a Mars Rover
Written and illustrated by Markus Motum
Walker Studio £15
ISBN: 978-1406374681

Take a trip to Mars with Curiosity, the rover which was launched by NASA in 2011 and landed in 2012.There are many books about space for children, but few detail the life of a robot which can travel millions of miles into the solar system and send back pictures and data from the dusty red terrain of one of our nearest planets. Set out in picture book format this account begins in the laboratory where the rover is built in sterile conditions, through its launching at the Kennedy Space Centre for its 253 days, 350 million mile journey to Mars and its study of an alien world. It is a fascinating subject and this finely illustrated book, complete with glossary and time-line, is sure to engage young minds eager to know more about the nature of space exploration. (7+)
Richard Monte


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