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Space on Earth

How Thinking Like an Astronaut Can Help Save the Planet

By Dave Williams
With Linda Pruessen
Illustrated by Sho Uehara
Interest Age: 10–14
Grade: 5–8
Reading Level: Common Core Correlations
CCSS.ELA-Literacy Strand-Reading literature: RI.6.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8

Reading Level: Lexile 1090L
Hardcover : 9781773217666, 120 pages, May 2023 , 11.0" x 9.0"
Paperback : 9781773217673, 120 pages, May 2023 , 11.0" x 9.0"
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781773217680, May 2023


Really “high” tech to inspire us for sustainable solutions on Earth.

Who could imagine an idea born on a space station would help sustain our planet? Astronauts, living on the International Space Station, have to protect their resources because their lives depend on it. They learn to conserve water, air, food, energy, and waste.

These efforts have in turn lead to amazing and innovative ideas for air quality, food production, and water purification here on Earth.

With vivid, energetic illustrations, photographs, and Dr. Dave’s experiments on key topics, readers learn about technological innovations such as waterless toilets and the world’s tallest air purification tower.


  • Commended, TD Summer Reading Club, Top 10 2024
  • Nominated, Science Writers and Communicators of Canada Book Award 2024


“Budding engineers, astronauts, and environmentalists will all find a ‘mission possible’ here. A different angle on, and a wealth of information about, environmental issues.”


- Kirkus Reviews, 03/01/23