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Destination: Space

Living on Other Planets

Interest Age: 9–12
Grade: 4–7
Reading Level: Common Core Correlations
CCSS.ELA-Literacy Strand-Reading literature: W.4.2,2b,2c,2d,2e,4,

Reading Level: Lexile 940L
Hardcover : 9781773210582, 52 pages, October 2018 , 11.10" x 8.50"
Paperback : 9781773210575, 52 pages, October 2018 , 10.80" x 8.30"

Table of contents

4/5 Welcome from Dr. Dave
6/7 Introduction: Dare to Dream

Chapter 1: Life on Earth

8/9 First Things First
10/13 The Perfect Planet
14/15 So, Why Leave?

Chapter 2: Know the Neighborhood

16/17 Looking for Locations
18/19 Rocky Road
20/21 Out of Gas
22/23 Tops for Terrestrials

Chapter 3: Moving Up?

24/25: Europa & Io
26/27: Enceladus & Titan
28/29 Moon Mission
30/31 Lunar Living
32/33 Destination: Mars
34/35 Life on the Red Planet
36/37 Moon or Mars?
38/39 Already There?
40/41 Space Cities

Chapter 4: Turning Dreams Into Reality

42/43 Danger Zone
44/45 Practice Makes Perfect
46/47 Go Farther, Stay Longer

48/49 Conclusion: What’s Next?

50/51 Further Reading/Image Credits/Index


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.


  • Joint winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, *starred selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre 2019


“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