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Imagine a place where the atmospheric pressure is so great, a spaceship landing there would be crushed. A place where winds blow at speeds of over four hundred miles per hour. A place millions of miles from Earth, and completely unlike our own familiar world.
On December 7, 1995, the spacecraft Galileo arrived at Jupiter, the fifth and largest planet in our Solar System, to uncover some of its mysteries. Circling around the planet, Galileo sent back to Earth dramatic new information, including breathtaking photographs of the surface of Jupiter and its moons.
Award-winning science writer Seymour Simon examines these and other recent discoveries about Jupiter in this completely revised and updated book. With clear text and vivid photographs, he sheds light on such mysteries as Jupiter's Great Red Spot-a super hurricane big enough to hold two planet Earths inside-and discusses the possibility that life may exist on Europa, one of Jupiter's moons.
Join us on a journey to this strange yet beautiful place, so unlike our planet Earth. It is a fascinating distant world we are just beginning to explore.
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Seymour Simon has been called "the dean of the [children's science book] field" by the New York Times. He has written more than 250 books for young readers and has received the American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru Lifetime Achievement Award for his lasting contribution to children's science literature, the Science Books & Films Key Award for Excellence in Science Books, the Empire State Award for excellence in literature for young people, and the EducationalPaperback Association Jeremiah Ludington Award. He and his wife, Liz, live in Great Neck, New York. You can visit him online at www.seymoursimon.com, where you can read "Seymour Science Blog," participate in "Writing Wednesday," and download a free four-page teacher guide to accompany this book, putting it in context with Common Core objectives. Many of Seymour's award-winning books are also available as ebooks.From School Library Journal:
Grade 2-4AWhat with falling comets and the recent arrival of the Galileo spacecraft, the past decade has been a busy one for the Jovian systemAso here's a timely, thoroughly revised edition of Simon's 1985 Jupiter (Morrow). It incorporates recent events and discoveries into a clearly written, dramatically illustrated tour of our largest planet and its four Galilean moons. Most of the first edition's eye-popping photographs have been replaced by even larger, closer views; those that remain look fresh, sharp, and bright. Similarly, the text has been rewritten, rearranged, and enhanced with plenty of new information about the impact of the Shoemaker-Levy comet, visible changes between the Voyager flybys in the late '70s and Galileo's observations, and the descent of Galileo's probe into the wild Jovian atmosphere. Expertly balancing the verbal and visual presentation, Simon again demonstrates his ability to inform and entertain simultaneously.AJohn Peters, New York Public Library
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Book Description Scholastic Inc, 1999. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0439052807
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