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Rocket Science: A Beginner’s Guide to the Fundamentals of Spaceflight

Author: Andrew Rader
Lower Age: 10+
Price: $16.99
Year Added: 2020
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"Sometimes it takes a rocket scientist to offer young readers the most engaging introduction to space travel, the solar system, and the universe."

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Rocket Science: A Beginner's Guide to the Fundamentals of Spaceflight is a book for ages 10+ written by Andrew Rader, PhD, and illustrated by Galen Frazer.

This book explores the basics of physics, the principles behind space travel, and other related topics such as extraterrestrial life. This book is written in simple and accessible language that will ease the reader’s comprehension of the complex topics. The illustrations provide informative and labeled images of space machinery, the solar system, celestial bodies and much more.  This beginner’s guide to rocket science promotes engineering skills such as logical and critical thinking, and evidence-based reasoning as it allows the reader to learn about aerospace engineering, fundamentals of rocket launching, and space machinery through simplistic illustrations of rocket engines and descriptive text on how each part (combustion chamber, exhaust, liquid or solid fuel etc) works.

Rocket Science: A Beginner's Guide to the Fundamentals of Spaceflight is a great book for young intellectuals to learn about space travel, the solar system, and the universe. It explores the basic concepts of aerospace engineering such as how rockets work—from staging to orbits to power generation, from thermal control to navigation and more.

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Apply Science, Engineering, Mathematics Knowledge
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