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Welcome to Mars by Buzz Aldrin
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This well illustrated book by space experts lays out why people should colonize Mars and describes what preparations need to be made for such an excursion. From details of packing and the flight to equipment used on Mars and the natural resources of the planet, everything is covered with full but easy to understand descriptions. The history of space travel, with an emphasis on exploration involving Mars covered, is and there is a nice time line. The descriptions of how the crew will reuse parts of the ship to form a habitat, and the in-depth discussion of how food would be grown are most interesting. Aldrin makes a good argument that not only is inhabiting possible, but it is a great idea.
Strengths: Young readers are always interested in daily life, so mock ups of living quarters, typical menus, and even a picture of a Martian basketball court will intrigue them. Science teachers will appreciate the detailed descriptions of atmospheric conditions and the surface differences of Mars. There is a nice bibliography as well as a glossary.
Weaknesses: The computer generated pictures always look odd to me, but don't seem to register with students. I could have done without the activities, which were printed in very small font.

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September 30, 2015 – Finished Reading
October 5, 2015 – Shelved

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