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Mighty Mission Machines

From Rockets to Rovers

Interest Age: 9–12
Grade: 4–7
Reading Level: Common Core Correlations
CCSS.ELA-Literacy Strand-Reading literature: SL.5.1,1c,1d,2,3,4,5

Reading Level: Lexile 990L
Hardcover : 9781773210131, 52 pages, April 2018 , 11.10" x 8.70"
Paperback : 9781773210124, 52 pages, April 2018 , 10.80" x 8.50"

Table of contents

Welcome from Dr. Dave

Introduction: Mighty Machines  

1. Here We Come!

            Where Exactly Is Space?

            All Aboard!

            Humans in Space Meet Your Spacecraft


            Fuel for Flight Rev Those Rockets

2. Home Away from Home

            A Space Hotel

            Has Anyone Seen a Plug?

            Extraterrestrial Tents  

3. Get to Work!

            A Tough Job

            Call in the Robots

            An Astronaut’s Tool Kit

4. On the Move

            Here, Rover!

            Who’s Driving?

            Suit Up!  

5. Heading Home

            Goodbye, Galaxy

            How Do We Land This Thing?  

6. Do You See What I See?

            Telescope Talk

            Is That Star Moving?

Conclusion: Free-Floating Future  

Further Reading

Image Credits



Check out the amazing machines that make space travel possible.

From the spaceship itself to the wrench needed to make in-flight repairs, machines of every kind are the backbone of space travel. In this, the third book in the Dr. Dave Astronaut series, the former NASA astronaut takes readers on a tour of the incredible equipment that allows humans to travel, live, and work in space:
Kids will be fascinated to find out:

·  How spacecraft have evolved from the 1960s to today

· How rockets power the spacecraft for liftoff—and enable it to re-enter Earth’s atmosphere

· All the equipment a spacesuit contains—including a TV camera 

· How Robonaut, the on-board robot on the ISS, works and contributes to missions

With its focus on technology and engineering, this book is a must-have addition to any STEM studies. Lots of photos and humorous illustrations make this an entertaining way to get kids interested in the nuts and bolts of space travel today and into the future.


  • Joint winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre 2018


“The text is brief and easy to understand, and the photos are fascinating and invite a close look.”

- School Library Journal, 03/18

“Covers a large amount of information and would be enjoyed in whole by readers who are interested in the subject matter or in sections to support research and classroom learning.”

- CM Reviews, 04/26/19

“Apt fodder for eager young prospective space travelers.” 

- Kirkus Reviews, 02/03/18