Wednesday, November 25, 2015

WILD & WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY: Welcome to Mars by Buzz Aldrin


Space is still the final frontier and Mars continues to make news and attract generations of young people. In this fascinating book, hero-astronaut Buzz Aldrin challenges curious kids to think about Mars as not just a faraway red planet but as a possible future home for Earthlings!

What will your new home be like? How will you get there? What will you eat for breakfast? Find out what life might be like far, far from Earth as you navigate your way through this fun and fascinating book. What kid wouldn't want to blast off with him on this (literary) journey!


While I am not interested in going to Mars myself, the ideas is certainly an intriguing one.  This book by former astronaut Buzz Aldrin addresses what it is likely to take to get there and survive there on a long term basis.  Aldrin points out about where science is now in terms of getting there (rockets, supplies, etc). and then shares what it will probably take to allow people to live there.  I found that fascinating and very intimidating.  Those who go will have to depend on people from earth to keep them supplied with certain things, but will be on their own if certain things go wrong.  The activities included in the book add a fun touch to the content in terms of helping young readers understand some of the challenging concepts that are presented.  I also found the comparisons to the conditions on earth to be completely fascinating.  This is a great book for young readers who dream of going to Mars or helping the process.

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