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Go For Liftoff! - How to train like an astronaut

Go For Liftoff!

How to train like an astronaut

Interest Age: 7–11
Grade: 2–5
Reading Level:
Common Core Correlations
CCSS.ELA-Literacy Strand-Reading literature:

Hardcover : 9781554519156, 52 pages, April 2017 , 11" x 8.5"
Paperback : 9781554519149, 52 pages, April 2017 , 11" x 8.5"

Table of contents

Welcome from Dr. Dave 4So You Want to Be an Astronaut 6Rocks, Docs, and Space 8Step 1: Develop Your Astronaut AttitudeGoing Up? 10No “I” in Team 12Step 2: Put the Cool in SchoolWhys and Hows 14Now What? 16Step 3: Terrestrial TryoutsSpace Agencies Want You! 18Intergalactic Interview 20Free-Float Fit 22Step 4: Basic TrainingYou Can ASCAN 24Astro-Class 26Putting the STEM in SySTEM 28A Need for Speed 30Get Your Hands on This! 32Super-Cool Simulators 34The Pool Rules 36Swimming with the Fish 38Orbiting the Great Outdoors 40Calling All Astronauts 42Step 5: Your Mission Is Go!Special Skills 44Patch Me In 46Onward and Upward 48Further Reading 50Image Credits 50Index 5152


Find out what it takes to become an astronaut—from someone who knows!How many kids aspire to become an astronaut one day? Wouldn’t it be great to float in space and do neat experiments? But before all the “fun” begins, it takes an incredible amount of hard work to prepare oneself for the ride of a lifetime. Before they are sent to space, astronauts have to go through spacecraft systems training, wilderness training, underwater training, roller coaster–like flight training, and teamwork training, not to mention science, technology, medical, engineering, and math training. Training for flight also depends on being prepared physically, mentally, and emotionally, having the right attitude and learning to deal with problems calmly. Dr. Dave speaks from experience when he describes what it’s like to live underwater for weeks at a time, experience free-floating in micro gravity in the “Vomit Comet,” or catch and eat bugs during wilderness training. With its first-hand photos and amusing illustrations, Go for Lift Off is the go-to book for aspiring astronauts.


  • Joint winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre 2017
  • Joint winner, Top Ten Best Bet, Ontario Library Association 2018
  • Long-listed, American Association for the Advancement of Science SB&F Prize nomination 2017


Praise for To Burp or Not to Burp"To Burp or Not to Burp is a must-read for those future space explorers and kids curious about how the human body works in space. "—Captain Scott Kelly USN (Ret)Former NASA Astronaut"Kids, teachers and parents will love Dr. Dave’s wonderful book. It tells it like it is!"—Barbara Morgan (Ret)Former NASA Astronaut

“This pleasing look at what qualities it takes to be an astronaut will be useful for lessons on space, careers, goal setting, and the value of determination. ” 

- School Library Journal, 04/12

“An upbeat, colorful introduction to astronaut training. ” 

- Booklist, 04/01/17