Dyson, Marianne J. Space Station Science: Life in Free Fall. Scholastic, 1999. ISBN 0-590-05889-4. $16.95. 128 pp.” 3-6 NF Reviewed by Marsha D. Broadway Ever dreamed of living on a space station? So has author Dyson. Using photographs, illustrations, actual experiences of astronauts, facts, experiments, and simulation activities, Dyson takes readers through crew training and conditioning, the orbit of a space station, the dangers of meteors and radiation, living and working on a space station, and the trip back to earth. Interestingly written and filled with intriguing facts, this book will fascinate readers, young and old, who wish to travel in space, and may give some reason for pause.”With no air in space, lungs empty like popped balloons. Blood boils, turning people into giant bruises. Eyes pop and eardrums burst. Yuck!” Former NASA mission controller Dyson knows her stuff. Acknowledgment of more than 150 professional organizations, aerospace business, technical reviewers, astronauts, engineers, scientists, and researchers indicate that Dyson did not rely on her knowledge alone but consulted the experts. Buzz Aldrin writes the foreword. A glossary and index add to usability. This is a must-purchase book for school and public libraries.
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