Space Sciences: Macmillan Science Library, 2nd Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 0028662199
  • ISBN-13: 9780028662190
  • DDC: 500.5
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - 12th Grade +
  • 1850 Pages | eBook
  • Previous Editions: 2003
  • Original Copyright 2012 | Published/Released April 2012
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2012

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Space Sciences, 2nd Edition, a part of the Macmillan Science Library series, provides the latest information on all aspects of space exploration, astronomy, and their impact on daily life on Earth. The past, present, and future of such diverse topics as Mars missions, radio astronomy, the satellite industry, and space tourism are discussed, just to name a few. Fifty-seven biographies of astronauts, scientists, and entrepreneurs are included in the series. All entries from the previous edition have been updated, and six new entries added. Its 345 entries range from roughly 400 to 5,000 words and are grouped into four subject-based volumes. Entries are written for a general audience without a science background, with technical terms defined as needed.

Features and Benefits

  • Grouped into 4 subject-based volumes: Space Business, Planetary Science and Astronomy, Humans in Space, Our Future in Space.
  • 345 entries provide an overview of the history and current status of space exploration and astronomy, as well as their economic and cultural impact.
  • Comprehensively updated from the last edition, including new entries, photos, and revamped design.
  • Covers issues in the news today, like the end of the shuttle program, the future of the U.S. space program, the space debris problem, the search for exoplanets, and the prospect of privately operated manned space flights.

Alternate Formats

  • Casebound Edition

    ISBN-10: 0028662148 | ISBN-13: 9780028662145


"In this wonderful encyclopedia designed for middle- and high-school students, 341 entries explore the wonders of space. Each volume has a theme. Space Business (vol 1), Planetary Science and Astronomy (Vol 2), Humans in Space (vol 3), and Our Future in Space(Vol 4). The entries in each volume are in alphabetical order and range from a single paragraph to several pages in length, with most being one or two pages long. ... Numerous sidebars provide additional information throughout the set. Words that appear in bold type in the entry are defined in the page margins and also in the glossary. The color illustrations and photographs and beautifully reproduced and appear on almost every two-page spread. ...The entries are well written and should be easily understood by the target audience of YA students. The breadth and depth of information will fascinate students and be very helpful in preparing reports and projects on a wide variety of space-related topics. School and public libraries should eagerly add this set to their collections." -- Booklist (Febraury 2003)

— Booklist

"Covering scientific, technological, and business aspects, this set offers a unique approach to its subject. Each alphabetically arranged volume has a different focus. The first, Space Business, covers current commercial activity in space,..Planetary Science and Astronomy has information on galaxies, stars, planets, and other celestial bodies. Space travel, vehicles, equipment, and explorers are covered in Humans in Space. The final volume, Our Future in Space, is highly speculative in its discussion of potential possibilities, technology, and conjectural ideas , such as faster-than-light travel,..Captioned color and black-and-white photos featuring people and equipment are informative, sometimes spectacular, although often small...A useful and appealing approach to the subject." -- School Library Journal (April 2003)

— School Library Journal

"Dasch has compiled a useful work to which scientists around the world have contributed, creating an updated and interesting look at space as a science and an industry. The volumes are subtitled "Space Business," "Planetary Science and Astronomy," "Humans in Space," and "Our Future in Space." Each volume is well indexed and volume 4 has a cumulative index. Color photographs enhance the work as do sidebars that explain space terminology. Biographies cover persons in the industry and astronauts. ... Dasch's work is unique because specialists are allowed to elaborate on space topics. Summing Up: Recommended. Undergraduate and two-year college libraries." -- Choice (March 2003)

— Choice

"Space Sciences (p. 1014) is another title in the Macmillan Science Library. We have liked the titles in this line, commenting on their attractive design and the way they demystify often-intimidating topics. We also like the fact that they can serve a range of users, from middle-school right on up into the undergraduate level. Other titles in the Macmillan Science Library are Animal Sciences (2001), Biology (2001), Computer Sciences (2002), Genetics (2002), Mathematics (2002), and Plant Sciences (2000)." -- Booklist (Febraury 2003)

— Booklist