Excellent back matter includes an extensive glossary. The people are presented in interesting ways. This is a terrific book. Author Mary Kay Carson captures the excitement of space discovery in her stories about the scientists and the spacecraft. Because it is so distant, scientists were unable to see it with telescopes until newer technology of the 2000's.
This book allows you to take a step into the adventure and progress of the very first mission Pluto. This addition to the Scientists in the Field series goes boldly where no person - or spacecraft - has gone before! This addition to the Scientists in the Field series did not disappoint. The book presents science language throughout to show a detailed experience of the first mission to Pluto. This book is heavily illustrated, including some of the amazingly detailed photographs obtained by New Horizons. The new photos New Horizons is sending back to the way they developed the spacecraft to a realistic picture of how long a project like this takes were all fantastic.
Additionally, the book has a glossary, extensive index, and bibliography for further research. Once a planet but now almost a footnote. And the pictures and illustrations are fabulous. It starts from the discovery to finally being able to take up close photographs, and everything in between!! The book contains illustrations explaining the equipment and helpful diagrams enhance the text. We learn about the team and the creation of the epic New Horizons spacecraft. Even though there is so much more learned since the printing of this book, I still thoroughly enjoyed it in May 2018. Another totally awesome Scientists in the Field book.
It would be easy to criticize Mission to Pluto for dwelling on stories and images of happy scientists having fun with their toys or inevitable anthropomorphism and repetitious references to times and distances. New Horizons the spacecraft found that Pluto is covered with ice, carbon monoxide frost and snow with methane. With the aide of amazing photography, th This addition to the Scientists in the Field series did not disappoint. Space enthusiasts will devour this fascinating book! Follow along with the team of scientists as they build New Horizons, fly it across the solar system, and make new discoveries about a world three billion miles away. I enjoyed reading about how the features on Pluto and its moons are being named--wish I'd known about the contest and submitted an entry. For my students who are sort of interested or not so much though, this book is too long and detailed for these students. Where would you shelve it? I had no idea our photographs of Pluto before this mission were so horrible.
It would be excellent for advanced readers in grades 3rd-6th while also being of interest to readers through 12th grade. This addition to the Scientists in the Field series goes where no person or spacecraft has ever gone before. In 2005, when they were building the New Horizons spacecraft, engineers knew it would need a power source. The text is readable and interesting. Since the encounter with Pluto, s This informational book describes the almost decade long journey to Pluto and the Kuiper belt. Pluto is geologically alive and changing! Its geological activity begs for another mission, which I hope happens. This book is very educational and detailed that it could almost be used as a text book for a certain unit! In 4th grade the solar system is taught, so students could use First ever mission to Pluto took place on the New Horizon.
It also provides some very recent discoveries about Pluto and the Kuiper Belt, and it helped me better understand the dwarf planet vs real planet thing that went on with Pluto. I think this book is more a teacher read aloud for a science lesson or for students in 4th-5th grade and older to read alone, based on their lexile level. For a whole class read aloud though, I would hit the highlights because the book is so long, or break it up into a few days so the students would not be in information overload!! Good look at just how complicated space exploration can and the wealth of information that can be gained. New Horizons reached Pluto in July of 2015 - when it took samples of atmosphere as well as lots of photos and sent them back to Earth. Not just an ice planet, Pluto is changing planet geologically and may have ice volcanoes. Even so, scientists knew it would take more than nine years to reach Pluto, so they programmed in a hibernation mode to save on power.
Who should buy this book? The illustrations in this book were particularly clear and explanatory. I could use this book to teach a science lesson about Pluto and what makes a planet a planet. In July of 2015 a robotic spacecraft reached Pluto after a nine-and-half-year journey. The first voyage to Pluto is the farthest that a mission has traveled at 3 billion miles, 4. New Horizons is currently on its journey to the Kuiper Belt. Mission to Pluto: The First Visit to an Ice Dwarf and the Kuiper Belt Scientists in the Field series by Mary Kay Carson with photographs by Tom Uhlman, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 9780544416710 , 2017 Format : hardcover Rating: 5 starred review What did you like about the book? Pluto is much larger than what scientists thought.
New Horizons is the first spacecraft mission to Pluto and revealed its five moons as never before seen. My only qualm with the book was that the infographic side panels often just repeated info presented in the text instead of sharing extra info. Carson, Mary Kay Mission to Pluto: The First Visit to an Ice Dwarf and the Kuiper Belt, with photographs by Tom Uhlman. She has written more than thirty books for young people about wildlife, space, weather, nature, and history. The mission is not over. Follow along with the team of scientists as they build New Horizons, fly it across the solar system, and make new discoveries about a world three billion miles away. And they all have moons orbiting them! To whom would you recommend this book? It felt a teensy bit too repetitive.
Images from the mission show a reddish surface covered in ice-water mountains, moving glaciers, and hints of possible ice volcanoes and an underground ocean. If I could ever figure out how to attach photos to these damn reviews apparently it's possible, but hell if I can figure it out , I'd include them here. This is an amazing book. New Horizons is the first spacecraft mission to Pluto and revealed its five moons as never before seen. Throughout the book it led up to the mission to Pluto and what all went in to preparing for the mission.
My only qualm with the book was that the infographic side panels often just repeated info presented in the text instead of sharing extra info. They couldn't have fit one more word on that previous page? Carson follows the team of scientists as they plan the mission, design the New Horizons craft and its instruments, and finally, nine years after its launch, receive and interpret the data being sent back. Its mission was to take pictures, scan the surface and send information back to earth, before continuing on to visit the Kuiper Belt in 2019. Visit her website at www. If you want a nice summary of the New Horizons mission to Pluto and a summary of its findings so far, this is the book to read.