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Everything About Astronauts—Vol. 1: Fascinating Fun Facts and Trivia about Astronauts for Teens and Adults is a combination of history, biography, and science. Author Marianne Jennings says she’s writing for both “space geeks” or simply anyone who wants to learn new information. Some chapter titles are “So You Want To Be An Astronaut?” “Astronaut Candidates & Basic Training,” Training for the Moon,” and “Astronaut/ Cosmonaut Firsts.” The book also includes space trivia, such as the “Eagle” and “Columbia” not being the original names for the command module and lunar module on Apollo 11. Humor is used when appropriate. Under the “Cash for Cosmonauts” section, Jennings writes, “Cosmonauts are docked pay for complaining, so they don’t complain.” At the end of the book, there is a quiz on topics covered, a glossary of space-related terms, and a list of recommended resources. The book is documented with extensive footnotes and endnotes. There’s also a link to a free copy of part of Vol. 2.
This book could be called “everything you always wanted to know about being an astronaut.” But even that doesn’t begin to describe the depth of the book and the amount of knowledge that it imparts. Author Marianne Jennings must have done a tremendous amount of research, and her hard work and attention to detail show on every page. I’m extremely interested in astronomy and have followed the many space missions launched by multiple countries, yet I found myself continually learning new and fascinating information. Furthermore, the entire book serves as inspiration for those who may be interested in a career as an astronaut or related fields. As I write this, Christmas is approaching and this book would make a wonderful Christmas gift. It would also make an excellent birthday present for anyone. I give Everything About Astronauts—Vol. 1: Fascinating Fun Facts and Trivia about Astronauts for Teens and Adults my highest recommendation.