It provides a student researcher an easy-to-use, up-to-date, resource that covers all the basics and "must have" topics, while also providing coverage of related topics (such as emerging space businesses) that are not ordinarily covered in such reference titles.
Why a teacher or Librarian needs this title:
"In this wonderful encyclopedia designed for middle- and high-school students, 341 entries explore the wonders of space. Each volume has a theme. Space Business (vol 1), Planetary Science and Astronomy (Vol 2), Humans in Space (vol 3), and Our Future in Space(Vol 4). The entries in each volume are in alphabetical order and range from a single paragraph to several pages in length, with most being one or two pages long. ... Numerous sidebars provide additional information throughout the set. Words that appear in bold type in the entry are defined in the page margins and also in the glossary. The color illustrations and photographs and beautifully reproduced and appear on almost every two-page spread. ...The entries are well written and should be easily understood by the target audience of YA students. The breadth and depth of information will fascinate students and be very helpful in preparing reports and projects on a wide variety of space-related topics. School and public libraries should eagerly add this set to their collections."
-- Booklist (Febraury 2003)
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