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Mars Exploration Rovers: An Interactive Space Exploration Adventure
Mars Exploration Rovers: An Interactive Space Exploration Adventure
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Mars Exploration Rovers: An Interactive Space Exploration Adventure

Mars has been a source of fascination since H. G. Wells wrote The War of the Worlds, a sci-fi fantasy of green-eyed Martians invading and overpowering Earth. In 1971, engineers succeeded in placing a spacecraft into Mars’s orbit with the idea of finding out what was on Mars: Intelligent life? Water? A place people on Earth could move if need be? Since then, a number of missions to Mars have been launched. Now is your chance to help launch the Mars Exploration Rover. Do you have what it takes to succeed?

PublisherCapstone Press
BrandYou Choose Books
Age Level8-12 Years
Reading LevelGrades 3-4
Trim Size5 1/4 x 7 1/2
Page Count112



School Library Journal - Eric Norton, McMillan Memorial Library, Wisconsin Falls, WI

"These titles aren’t adventures per se but rather an engaging way to reach students hesitant about space science. Some of the “paths” simply end when that part of a mission concludes or the particular engineering problem is solved, while others continue to a final goal. Negative endings are possible, including being fired or getting space motion sickness. Some choices introduce moral dilemmas, while others simply involve choosing among relatively equal possibilities. . . .The first-person perspective is an effective means of getting readers passionate about space. No doubt these will inspire a few future engineers and astronauts." - School Library Journal

November 1, 2016

Steve Kortenkamp

Steve Kortenkamp

Dr. Stephen Kortenkamp is a professional astronomer who studies small solar system objects like asteroids, comets, and moons. His research also involves the formation of planets, both in our solar system and around other stars. Dr. Kortenkamp is a Senior Research Scientist at the Planetary Science Institute ( in Tucson, Arizona. His research is supported with grants from NASA and the National Science Foundation. He also teaches planetary science at the University of Arizona and in 2011 won the prestigious "Innovations in Teaching" award from the College of Science. Through the Planetary Science Institute, Dr. Kortenkamp conducts training and continuing education workshops for elementary and middle school science teachers in southern Arizona. He has written more than 20 children's books about topics related to space and has served as a scientific consultant on more than a dozen others. Steve's wife Jane is also a professional astronomer and together they have three young children. When they are not star-gazing, Steve and Jane are competitive endurance athletes who race in Ironman triathlons, marathons, and open-water swims.

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