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Children's Nonfiction Aeronautics, Astronautics & Space Science

Destination: Space

Living on Other Planets

by (author) Dave Williams & Loredana Cunti

Annick Press
Initial publish date
Oct 2018
Aeronautics, Astronautics & Space Science, Astronomy, Adventure & Adventurers
Recommended Age
9 to 12
Recommended Grade
4 to 7
Recommended Reading age
9 to 12
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2018
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  • Paperback / softback

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    Oct 2018
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  • eBook

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    Oct 2018
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Will humans ever be able to live on other planets? Former NASA astronaut Dr. Dave Williams is the person to ask. 

It turns out that Earth is a pretty good place to live. Finding other habitable environments in space is no easy task: temperatures on Mercury are ten times hotter than on Earth; winter on Neptune lasts about forty years, and Uranus is ten billion miles (sixteen billion kilometers) away.
But there is one planet that looks promising: Mars. Even though it takes six months to get there, Mars most closely resembles Earth. So what would it take to make it habitable—and what would life look like there?
As in the other three titles in the Dr. Dave: Astronaut series, this book demystifies space travel. The science is explained in simple terms while the sense of adventure is ever-present. This book belongs in the hands of every child interested in space, and in every classroom where STEM is taught.

About the authors

Dr. Dave Williams is an astronaut, aquanaut, jet pilot, ER doctor, scientist, and CEO. The former Director of Space & Life Sciences at NASA, he has flown to space twice, once on the space shuttle Columbia and once on Endeavor, logging over thirteen million kilometres in space and over seventeen hours of spacewalks. He has lived and worked on the world’s only undersea research habitat and is the recipient of five honourary degrees, the Order of Canada, and the Order of Ontario. Williams lives in Oakville with his wife, Cathy, two kids, Evan and Olivia, and nephew, Theo. Connect with him on Twitter @AstroDaveMD.


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Loredana Cunti specializes in children's entertainment, a former Senior VP of Children's Programming at Universal Pictures and a Cordon Bleu Pastry Chef. Loredana has developed book-based characters for TV including Geronimo Stilton and the Pink Panther. To Burp or Not to Burp is her first book. She lives in Toronto, ON, Canada.

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  • Joint winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, *starred selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre

Editorial Reviews

“A great book for the budding space enthusiast; also good in the classroom when broken up into smaller chunks.” 

Oregon Coast Youth Book Preview Center, 04/30/19

“An attractive, high-energy presentation.” 

Booklist, 10/01/18

“More aspirational than realistic at this point, but some of its intended audience will walk on other worlds.”

Kirkus Reviews, 07/15/18

“Information is presented in an educational yet fun manner.”

Youth Services Book Review, 12/19/18

“Readers will enjoy dreaming of possibilities for the future of space exploration with a better understanding of the science behind life in space. Highly Recommended.” 

CM Reviews, 03/29/19

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