Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Space Garbage

Cover image for Space garbage
Space Garbage
(Objects in Space)
by Ruth Owen
Power Kids Press, 2015. Nonfiction. 32 p.

What happens when a satellite wears out and stops working? It becomes space garbage.  NASA estimates that there are 500,000 pieces of space debris orbiting the earth.  This new nonfiction reader talks about the different kinds of space garbage, how it got there, and what threat it poses to working satellites. Owen also discusses the efforts that are being made to reduce the production of space garbage, and even recapture some that is in orbit already.  The straightforward text is illustrated with colorful photographs and diagrams, and Owen includes interesting factoids in side text boxes on every page.  This is an inviting new STEM title that combines two popular topics, space exploration and environmentalism.

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