Academic journal article Language Arts

Impact! Asteroids and the Science of Saving the World

Academic journal article Language Arts

Impact! Asteroids and the Science of Saving the World

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Impact! Asteroids and the Science of Saving the World (Scientists in the Field series) Written by Elizabeth Rusch Photographs by Karin Anderson Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017, 80 pp., ISBN 978-0-544-67159-1

"No aliens sprang from the hole, but the locals were right-the flash and blasts were caused by an object from outer space. An asteroid the size of a six-story building and heavier than the Eiffel Tower had careened toward Earth and exploded in the sky" (p. 3). It may sound like the stuff of movies, but as readers learn in Impact!, asteroids will continue to threaten Earth for a few million years. After 14 years and with more than 50 books, the Scientists in the Field series has allowed intermediate and middle-grade readers to travel the world and the universe without leaving their own room. Rusch's fourth book within the series is no exception. …

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