HiRISE (High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment) is the most advance camera ever sent into space. Scientists attached the camera to a spacecraft orbiting Mars and since 2006, pictures have been streaming back to Earth. Many of the colorful images are included in this new book, MARS IS.

The photos are spectacular ranging from the effects of bubbling gas on ice to how wind and frost heaving are constantly changing the planet. There is limited text on most pages allowing the imagination to take over and dream of putting a human up there in the future. Maybe a child reading this book will be the first.

The final pages are more in-depth with full pages dedicated to the spacecraft launch in 2005, the inner workings of the amazing camera, and information about Mars. The only thing left out is a bibliography for further reading. Young readers will for sure be inspired to learn more.

Perfect for ages 6-10 or anyone who is a space enthusiast. Mars truly is a beautiful planet as you’ll discover reading the equally beautiful book.

About the Author

A mechanical engineer by degree, Suzanne Slade is the award-winning author of more than one hundred books. Before beginning her writing career, Suzanne worked in the Mechanical/Propulsion Department at McDonnell Douglas Space Systems in Huntington Beach, CA on Delta rockets, Titan rockets, and the Delta-Star spacecraft. (Visit her website for more info on Suzanne and her books)


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2 Responses to MARS IS

  1. msyingling says:

    Ooh! This looks good. You could combine this with Holms’ Lion of Mars so readers can get the real information about living there.

  2. What a gorgeous book packed with information. There are many space enthusiasts who will love this book. Thanks for sharing!

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