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The Mighty Mars Rovers: the incredible adventures of Spirit and Opportunity

4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade and up, Non-Fiction

Mighty Mars Rovers coverThe Mighty Mars Rovers: the incredible adventures of Spirit and Opportunity by Elizabeth Rusch
Recommended for: Grades 4 and up

Are you a curious kid who loves to explore, play with LEGOs, and build rockets and robots? Steve Squyres was a kid like that, and he grew up to become a Professor of Astronomy at Cornell. Steve pursued NASA for 8 years to accept his Rover project. This book chronicles his journey, the creation of his team, and the remarkable triumphs of the twin Mars Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity. It is interesting to know that NASA held a naming contest which was won by a 9-year old girl, born in Siberia and adopted by a family in Arizona. She was thankful for the ‘Spirit’ and ‘Opportunity’ provided by America. This book reads like a suspense novel, and reminded me of an Indiana Jones movie; it is filled with anxiety (deadlines, lost contacts) and accomplishment (a quarter million photos, signs of water). Opportunity is still operating, joined this summer by Curiosity.

Reviewed by: Mrs. Wettergreen

4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade and up, Non-Fiction.
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