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Curiosity: The Story of a Mars Rover

Did you know that NASA ran a competition for members of the public to pick a name for Curiosity? The winning name for the nine-foot self-propelled rolling laboratory was submitted by Clara Ma, a sixth grader from Kansas. I like how the book about Curiosity begins: "Wherever you are in the world right now, I'm a very long way away." This new large-format non-fiction book is narrated by Curiosity in the first person and tells the story of the rover's mission, design and development, launch and landing, and continuing exploration of the red planet. With excellent illustrations that tell the story along with an anthropomorphized rover that doesn't talk down to readers, this is a great choice for the science and technology minded. If you are curious about the technology that humans are developing and using to explore other worlds, I think you will really enjoy this one. ...

 






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Brainspace Magazine

Brainspace is a new addition to KPL's magazines for children 8 to 14 (or so). Brainspace is a all about interactivity with a variety of topics. There are articles and activities on a variety of topics, including one about NASA's OSIRIS-REx, the first spacecraft ever to travel to an asteroid to collect samples (launched in Fall 2016). The Winter 16/17 issue contains articles about math, history, space, music, geography, climate, biology, and the science of art. In addition, the Make It content offers templates to engineer unusual shaped boxes and a recipe for Oobleck, a non-Newtonian fluid named after the Dr. Seuss book Bartholomew and the Oobleck, of course....

 
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