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Destined for Space: Our Story of Exploration
Destined for Space: Our Story of Exploration
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Destined for Space: Our Story of Exploration

Who hasn’t looked to the night sky and wondered, what’s out there? Miracles of human curiosity, bravery, and science have made it possible to begin answering that question. From wishful stargazing to moon walking to, someday, intergalactic travel, the story of human space exploration is full of daring adventure, incredible machinery, and endless curiosity about our place in the universe.

PublisherCapstone Press
Age Level5-10 Years
Reading LevelGrades 4-5
Trim Size0 x 11
Page Count64



Denton ISD, Texas - Wendy Marsh

"Wow. Highly recommended for grades 4 and up." - Denton ISD, Texas

January 21, 2013

Booklist Online - Carolyn Phelan

"This simply written and colorfully illustrated book offers children an accessible introduction to “humanity’s greatest adventure.” Beginning with a quote from H. G. Wells, Nardo traces the dramatic history of space exploration and efforts to see beyond the solar system. He also looks at possible future projects and closes with a nod to the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) program, tying it back to the opening quote from Wells. Along the way, sidebars fill in readers on related matters, from Newton to the Mir space station. In this large-format volume, more space is devoted to pictures than to text. Drawn from a variety of sources, the many illustrations include photos, space telescope images, archival materials, and artists’ conceptions of future space programs. The double-page time line is illustrated with an international selection of postage stamps marking noteworthy events. A good addition to libraries, this book provides a succinct history of space exploration and a big-picture perspective of its importance." - Booklist Online

February 1, 2012

Space Times magazine (American Astronautical Society) - Gabe Rauschenberger

"[The] “bite size” writing style brings young readers into the pages and makes connections to early explorers possible by deftly condensing great amounts of history into a simply written and colorfully illustrated book. . . .Destined for Space will no doubt help inspire young people to continue the mission of progress in space exploration." - Space Times magazine (American Astronautical Society)

January 1, 2015


The Planetary Society blog - Emily Lakdawalla

"Destined for Space (64 pages) is an illustrated history of the human fascination with space, split roughly evenly among the pre-spaceflight era (going back to a Greek science fiction story from 160 AD!), the century of flight, and the future of space exploration. It's focused mostly on human spaceflight, with only a few pages given to robotic missions. It's lavishly and excellently illustrated." - The Planetary Society blog

December 11, 2012

Blooming with Books blog

"There is a timeline of important events in the history of space travel, starting with the first known written story concerning traveling into space in 160 A.D. through 2015's study of Pluto." - Blooming with Books blog

February 1, 2012

A Book and a Latte blog - Don Nardo

"Thank you to Capstone Press for this title! I've always dreamed of becoming an astronaut, and the Space Shuttle was an important icon for me growing up." - A Book and a Latte blog

December 4, 2011

Don Nardo

Don Nardo

Historian and award-winning author Don Nardo has written many books for young people about modern history, including studies of the rise of Hitler and Nazism, World War II, international terrorism, and dozens of military topics. In addition, he specializes in ancient history and has published numerous volumes about the histories and cultures of the ancient Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, and peoples of Mesopotamia. Nardo, who also composes and arranges orchestral music, lives with his wife, Christine, in Massachusetts.

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