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Children's Nonfiction Aeronautics, Astronautics & Space Science

Space on Earth

How Thinking Like an Astronaut Can Help Save the Planet

by (author) Dave Williams

with Linda Pruessen

illustrated by Sho Uehara

Annick Press
Initial publish date
May 2023
Aeronautics, Astronautics & Space Science, Experiments & Projects, Environmental Science & Ecosystems, Environmental Conservation & Protection
Recommended Age
10 to 14
Recommended Grade
5 to 8
Recommended Reading age
10 to 14
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    May 2023
    List Price
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    May 2023
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    May 2023
    List Price

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Really “high” tech to inspire us for sustainable solutions on Earth.

Who could imagine an idea born on a space station would help sustain our planet? Astronauts, living on the International Space Station, have to protect their resources because their lives depend on it. They learn to conserve water, air, food, energy, and waste.

These efforts have in turn lead to amazing and innovative ideas for air quality, food production, and water purification here on Earth.

With vivid, energetic illustrations, photographs, and Dr. Dave’s experiments on key topics, readers learn about technological innovations such as waterless toilets and the world’s tallest air purification tower.

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.


Dave Williams' profile page

LINDA PRUESSEN is an editor and a writer with twenty years of experience in the publishing industry. The former editor-in-chief of Key Porter Books, she has been a freelancer for the past ten years, contributing to bestselling works in a number of genres, both fiction and non-fiction and for readers of all ages. She works regularly with Canada’s top publishers and agents, as well as authors who self-publish. Linda Pruessen lives with her husband and two children in the Greater Toronto Area.


Linda Pruessen's profile page

Sho Uehara est un illustrateur et bédéiste qui habite à Calgary. Il est diplômé de l’Alberta College of Art & Design, où il a étudié la création de personnages et la communication visuelle.En plus d’avoir produit des illustrations pour Swerve Calgary et BOOM! Studios, il a créé avec un groupe de talentueux illustrateurs locaux une anthologie de bandes dessinées intitulée Wishless. Sho travaille actuellement sur ses bandes dessinées autopubliées tout en réalisant des contrats à la pige."freelance work.


Sho Uehara's profile page


  • Commended, TD Summer Reading Club, Top 10
  • Nominated, Science Writers and Communicators of Canada Book Award

Editorial Reviews

“Budding engineers, astronauts, and environmentalists will all find a ‘mission possible’ here. A different angle on, and a wealth of information about, environmental issues.”


Kirkus Reviews, 03/01/23

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