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Careers in Space Science: A Bibliography 

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On May 23, 2013 AAAS hosted a "Careers in Space Science" event for 160 middle schoolers. The event was part of our Planetfall Exhibit, featuring the work of Michael Benson.  A panel of scientists working in space science and on space missions spoke describing their careers, how they became space scientists, and offering advice to the students. Students took full advantage of the opportunity to ask questions and interact with scientists, and a great time was had by all!

As part of the event, SB&F created a bilbiography of books recommended by its editors and reviewers as among the very best resources to inform, motivate, and inspire young people to pursue careers in space science.

Copies of the book titles printed in bold, including Michael Benson’s books, were donated by the publishers to the schools attending the Careers in Space Science event. We wish to thank the following publishers for their generosity and support: Abrams Books; Capstone Press, Charlesbridge Publishing, Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt, and the National Geographic Society. We know that the students and teachers were excited to receive the books!

Aguilar, David A. 13 Planets: The Latest View of the Solar System. (Illus.) Washington, DC: National Geographic Society, 2011. 60pp. 2010032510. ISBN 9781426307706. Glossary; Index.

Anderson, Michael (Ed.). The Nature of Planets, Dwarf Planets and Space Objects. (Illus.; from the Solar System Series.) NY: Britannica Educational Publishing, 2012. 96pp. 2011001380. ISBN 9781615305179. Glossary; Index.

Baker, David, and Todd Ratcliff. The 50 Most Extreme Places in Our Solar System. (Illus.) Cambridge, MA: Harvard, 2010. xiv+278pp. 2010006126. ISBN 9780674049987. Glossary; Index.

Benson, Michael. Beyond: A Solar System Voyage. (Illus.) NY: Abrams, 2009. 121pp. 2008022297. ISBN 9780810983229. Glossary; Index.

Benson, Michael. Far Out: A Space-Time Chronicle. (Illus.) New York, NY: Abrams, 2009. 328pp. 2009929096. ISBN 9780810949485. Index.

Benson, Michael. Planetfall: New Solar System Visions. (Illus.) New York, NY: Abrams, 2012. 2012016154. ISBN 1419704222. Index.

Bortz, Fred. Seven Wonders of Space Technology. (Illus.; from the Seven Wonders Series.) NY: Twenty-First Century Books, 2011. 80pp. 2010023996. ISBN 9780761354536. Glossary; Index.

Branson, Richard. Reach for the Skies: Ballooning, Birdmen, and Blasting into Space. (Illus.) NY: Penguin Group, 2010. 343pp. 2010052340. ISBN 9781617230035. Index.

Bredeson, Carmen. What Is the Solar System? (Illus.; from the I Like Space! Series.) Berkeley Heights, NJ: Enslow, 2008. 32pp 2007025552. ISBN 978-0-7660-2944-6. Glossary; Index.

Cezzar, Juliette, with an introduction by Buzz Aldrin. Paper Astronaut: The Paper Spacecraft Mission Manual. (Illus.) : , 2009. 208pp. 2009900397. ISBN 9780789318817. C.I.P.

Comins, Neil F. What if the Earth Had Two Moons? And Nine Other Thought-Provoking Speculations on the Solar System. (Illus.) NY: St. Martin's, 2010. 274pp. 2009040247.

DeCristofano, Carolyn Cinami. A Black Hole Is Not a Hole. (Illus.: by Michael Carroll. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge, 2012. v+74pp . 2010022764. ISBN 9781570917837. Glossary; Index; C.I.P

DeVorkin, David, and Robert W. Smith, with a foreword by Neil DeGrasse Tyson and John M. Grunsfeld. Hubble: Imaging Space and Time. (Illus.) Washington, DC: National Geographic Society, 2008. 223pp. 2008018242. ISBN 9781426204111. Index.

DK. Space: A Visual Encyclopedia. (Illus.) NY: DK Publishing, 2010. 256pp. ISBN 9780756662776. Glossary; Index,

Gardner, Robert, and Madeline Goodstein. Ace Your Space Science Project: Great Science Fair Ideas. (Illus.; from the Ace Your Science Project Series.) Berkeley Heights, NJ: Enslow, 2010. 128pp. 2008004688. ISBN 9780766032309. Index.

Goldsmith, Mike. Universe: Journey Into Deep Space. (Illus. by Mark A. Garlick.) Boston: Kingfisher, 2012. 48pp. ISBN 9780753468760. Glossary; Index.

Graham, Ian. Solar System: A Journey to the Planets and Beyond. (Illus.; from the 3-D Explorer Series.) : Advantage Publishers Group, 2009. 32pp. ISBN 9781592237586.

Hollar, Sherman (Ed.). Astronomy: Understanding the Universe. (Illus.; from the Solar System Series.) NY: Britannica Educational Publishing, 2012. 96pp. 2011003489. ISBN 9781615305209. Glossary; Index.

Jayawardhana, Ray. Strange New Worlds: The Search for Alien Planets and Life Beyond our Solar System. (Illus.) Princeton, NJ: Princeton, 2011. 259pp. 2010940350. ISBN 9780691142548. Glossary; Index.

Jefferis, David. Hot Planets: Mercury and Venus. (Illus.; from the Exploring Our Solar System Series.) NY: Crabtree, 2009. 32pp. 2008019652. ISBN 978-0-7787-3735-3. Glossary; Index.

Jefferis, David. Mighty Megaplanets: Jupiter and Saturn. (Illus.; from the Exploring Our Solar System Series.) NY: Crabtree, 2009. 32pp. 2008021202. ISBN 978-0-7787-3737-7.

Jones, Barrie W. Pluto: Sentinel of the Outer Solar System. (Illus.) NY: Cambridge, 2010. xii+231pp. 2010015480. ISBN 9780521194365. Glossary; Index.

Jones, Tom, and Ellen Stofan. Planetology: Unlocking the Secrets of the Solar System. (Illus.) Washington, DC: National Geographic Society, 2008. vii+217pp. 2008010726. ISBN

Keeley, Page and Cary Sneider. Uncovering Student Ideas in Astronomy: 45 NEW Formative Assessment Probes. (Illus.) Arlington, VA: NSTA Press, 2012. 255pp. 2012004686. ISBN 9781936137381. Index.

Keeney, L. Douglas. Lights of Mankind: The Earth at Night as Seen from Space. (Illus.) Guilford, CT: Lyons Press, 2011. vi+282pp. ISBN 9780762777556. Index.

Kessler, Colleen. A Project Guide to the Solar System. (Illus.; from the Earth Science Projects for Kids Series.) Hockessin, DE: Mitchell Lane Publishers, 2011. 48pp. 2010030946. ISBN 9781584158677. Glossary; Index.

Kops Deborah. Exploring Space Robots. (Illus.; from the Searchlight Books - How Does Energy Work? Series.) Minneapolis: Lerner, 2012. 40pp.. 2010044213. ISBN 9780761354451. Glossary; Index.

McReynolds, Linda. Eight Days Gone. (Illus. by Ryan O'Rourke.) Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge, 2012. 44pp. 2011025776. ISBN 9781580893640. Index.

Miller, Ron. Seven Wonders of the Rocky Planets and Their Moons. (Illus.; from the Seven Wonders Series.) NY: Twenty-First Century Books, 2011. 80pp. 2010015553. ISBN 9780761354482. Glossary; Index.

Orme, Helen. Solar System. (Illus.; from the Science Everywhere! Series.) Mankato, MN: New Forest Press, 2010. 24pp. 2010925591. ISBN 9781848982925. Glossary; Index.

Pelton, Joseph N., and Angelia P. Bukley (Eds.). The Farthest Shore: A 21st Century Guide to Space. (Illus.) Burlington, Ontario: Apogee Books, 2010. 416pp. ISBN 9781926592077. Index.

Riley, Peter. Space. (Illus.; from the Real Scientist Investigates Series.) Mankato, MN: Sea-To-Sea Publications, 2011. 32pp.. 2010005375. ISBN 9781597712842. Glossary; Index.

Ritter, Gordon. Planets, Stars, and Galaxies. (Illus.; from the Physics in Action Series.) Broomall, PA: Chelsea House, 2007. 120pp. 2007015334. ISBN 978-0-7910-8933-0. Glossary; Index.

Rusch, Elizabeth. The Mighty Mars Rovers: The Incredible Adventures of Spirit and Opportunity. (Illus.; from the Scientists in the Field Series.) Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2012. 80pp. 2011012159. ISBN 9780547478814. Glossary; Index.

Rustad, Martha E. H. with Gail Saunders-Smith, Consulting Editor. The Milky Way. (Illus.; from the Exploring Space Series.) Minneapolis: Capstone, 2012. 2011021648. ISBN 9781429675833. Glossary; Index.

Rustad, Martha E. H. with Gail Saunders-Smith, Consulting Editor. Space Vehicles. (Illus.; from the Exploring Space Series.) Minneapolis: Capstone, 2012. 24pp. 2011027950. ISBN 9781429675802. Glossary; Index.

Scott, Elaine. Space, Stars, and the Beginning of Time: What the Hubble Telescope Saw. (Illus.) NY: Clarion, 2011. 66pp. 2010008040. ISBN 9780547241890. Glossary; Index.

Silverman, Buffy. Exploring Dangers in Space: Asteroids, Space Junk, and More. (Illus.; from the Searchlight Books - How Does Energy Work? Series.) Minneapolis: Lerner, 2012. 40pp. 2010046078. ISBN 9780761354468. Glossary; Index.

Stott, Carole, et al. Space: From Earth to the Edge of the Universe. (Illus.) NY: DK Publishing, 2010. 360pp. ISBN 9780756667382. Glossary; Index.

Thimmesh, Catherine. Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon. Houghton Mifflin, 2006. 2005010755 ISBN 9780618507573. 80pp Glossary; Index.

Trefil, James with a foreword by Buzz Aldrin. Space Atlas: Mapping the Universe and Beyond. (Illus.) Washington, DC: National Geographic Society, 2012. 336pp. 2012020000. ISBN 9781426209710. Glossary; Index.

Tyson, Neil deGrasse. Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier. (Illus.) NY: Norton, 2012. xv+368pp. 2011032481. ISBN 9780393082104. Index.

Vogt, Gregory L. Is There Life on Other Planets? And Other Questions about Space. (Illus. by Colin W. Thompson; from the Is That a Fact? Series.) Minneapolis: Lerner, 2010. 40pp. 2009020589. ISBN 9780822590828. Glossary; Index.

Waxman, Laura Hamilton. Exploring the International Space Station. (Illus.; from the Searchlight Books - How Does Energy Work? Series.) Minneapolis: Lerner, 2012. 40pp. 2010035394. ISBN 9780761354437. Glossary; Index.

Weiler, Edward J., with a foreword by Charles F. Bolden, Jr. Hubble: A Journey Through Space and Time. (Illus.) New York, NY: Abrams, 2010. 143pp. ISBN 9780810989979. Index.

Whiting, Jim. Gravity. (Illus.; from the Mysteries of the Universe Series.) Mankato, MN: Creative Education, 2012. 48pp. 2011040142. ISBN 9781608181896. Index.

Whiting, Jim. Space & Time. (Illus.; from the Mysteries of the Universe Series.) Mankato, MN: Creative Education, 2012. 48pp.. 2011040146. ISBN 9781608181926. Index.

Wittenstein, Vicki. Planet Hunter: Geoff Marcy and the Search for Other Planets. (Illus.) Honesdale, PA: Boyds Mills Press, 2010. 48pp. 2009024480. ISBN 9781590785928. Glossary; Index.

Wooster, Patricia. An Illustrated Timeline of Space Exploration. (Illus. by Eldon Doty.) Minneapolis: Picture Window Books, 2012. 32pp. 2011010466. ISBN 9781404866607. Glossary; Index.