Space on Earth is a must-read book for the space geek and the nature lover. This book, written by an astronaut, introduces space engineering to conserve the planet's resources. The book is separated into five sections, such as space, air, water, etc., and details how the technology used in space stations could be used on Earth to protect Earth's resources. This book is a must-read. It provides ideas that can be used to do science projects and learn how to save planet Earth from overconsumption.
"Space on Earth" is a fantastic nonfiction read that seeks to inspire young readers to adapt environmentally sound practices into their everyday lives just like the astronauts on the International Space Station. Each chapter highlights a different crisis on Earth from food and water to renewable energy and air pollution. These problems are kept from feeling overwhelming by the suggestions for simple changes individuals can make and the projects countries across the world are conducting in an attempt to mitigate the problem. A fun, hands on activity is also included for each of the issues that demonstrates the natural cycles on Earth and how the ISS duplicates them. Highly recommended for all nonfiction collections where environmentally conscious books are needed.
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Spaceship Earth. What do we need to ensure life continues on Earth?
Water Inspiration: Make Every Drop Count. Astronauts use rinse-less shampoo, bathe with wet washcloths, use edible toothpaste.
On Earth, turn off the water while brushing your teeth, have quick showers, wash full loads of laundry, use rainwater for the garden. Experiment by building a water purifier.
Air Inspiration: Keep It Clean. Astronauts create oxygen by electrolysis; they recycle air; portable fans help improve the air flow throughout the Space Station.
On Earth, pollution makes people . . . and the planet . . . sick. Plants help purify the air; plant a tree. Use energy efficiently: use fans, open the window. Experiment to see pollution.
Food Inspiration: Grow Your Own. Astronauts have dehydrated food on the Space Station, but they are also experimenting with growing food there.
On Earth, consider food footprints; try container gardening; visit the Farmer's Market; donate to food banks. Experiment with hydroponic gardening.
Waste Inspiration: Reduce and Reuse. Astronauts on the Space Station gather up trash and send it back to earth on a resupply spacecraft. The trash bags either burn up during re-entry or return to Earth with the spacecraft. Definitely not a sustainable system, so scientists are working on some new ideas that will recycle and reuse the trash.
On Earth, compactors help make trash piles smaller; recycling programs help repurpose trash; composting reduces waste. Experiment by making a recycling plan and turn plastic soda bottles into something new. What will you make?
Energy Inspiration: Say Goodbye to Fossil Fuels. Astronauts use solar arrays to create electricity; the Space Station gets all of its energy from the sun.
On Earth, explore renewables: solar, wind, hydro, geothermal, biomass. Explore ways to store the energy captured by renewable energy sources. Turn off the lights; unplug electronics you aren’t using. Replace plastic and single-use paper items with their reusable counterparts. Wear your sneakers longer instead of getting new ones every year. Experiment to test the power of the sun.
The Future of Sustainability. Whether on the Space Station, in a space colony, or on planet Earth, sustainability will become more and more important.
Teen readers in grades six and up, ages twelve and up, are the targeted audience for this book that takes a realistic look at sustainable solutions for the essentials of life, whether on the Space Station or on Earth. Essentials discussed include air, water, food, waste, and energy --- all supporting science and technology education.
Learn about life on the International Space Station, experiment, explore. Each chapter discusses a topic in detail, with a focus on its importance both to the International Space Station and to planet Earth. In each chapter, the author shares a tidbit about life aboard the Space Station, focusing on the particular topic under discussion. Each chapter also includes experiments that enhance understanding of the topic.
Also included are a glossary and a list of selected sources.
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This book is perfect for kids who are interested in science, STEM, especially space and astronomy. This non-fiction book is filled with text that is nicely laid out to make it very readable. The pull-out quotes helps to break up the text and adds context to how what astronauts do impacts people on earth.
The overall concept of the book is to support Earth environmentalism. The chapters are broken up into concepts such as air, water, solar, etc. The information in the book is geared towards upper elementary or middle grades, although high school and adults will enjoy picking it up and learning from the book too. Some of the information presented is immediately actionable to make environmentally friendly changes. The connection to an astronaut and his views adds nice context to the book.
This would be a nice book to add to a school library, classroom library, reference material for science and nature lessons.