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Space is still the final frontier and Mars continues to make news and attract generations of young people. In this fascinating book, hero-astronaut Buzz Aldrin challenges curious kids to think about Mars as not just a faraway red planet but as a possible future home for Earthlings! What will your new home be like? How will you get there? What will you eat for breakfast? FiSpace is still the final frontier and Mars continues to make news and attract generations of young people. In this fascinating book, hero-astronaut Buzz Aldrin challenges curious kids to think about Mars as not just a faraway red planet but as a possible future home for Earthlings! What will your new home be like? How will you get there? What will you eat for breakfast? Find out what life might be like far, far from Earth as you navigate your way through this fun and fascinating book. What kid wouldn't want to blast off with him on this (literary) journey!...

Title : Welcome to Mars: Making a Home on the Red Planet
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ISBN : 9781426322075
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 96 Pages
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Welcome to Mars: Making a Home on the Red Planet Reviews

  • Tracy E.
    2019-04-14 03:04

    A very ambitious book with ambitious ideas that would be just fine for a kid with ideas of space exploration. The ideas prompted a lot of questions of logistics in practice, but perhaps the adult version of this book answers those. A fun mix of facts and possibilities. Includes science project activities making this book suitable for a classroom. Minus a star for the poor CGI illustrations that look like a student's work from 2006. I'm totally pro-science and would love to see a Mars mission happen, so my rating is based purely on the quality of the book, not the possibility or the ideas.Book content: 4/5Illustrations: 2/5Overall: 3/5

  • Renee
    2019-04-04 00:49

    Welcome to Mars: Making a Home on the Red Planet is co-authored by famous astronaut, Buzz Aldrin who is a strong advocate for space exploration, and Marianne Dyson, who is an award-winning author and former NASA flight controller. In short… these are the experts and they make a very compelling case for the possibility of living on Mars in the future. This book will stretch the imagination of young minds – the future thinkers and explorers.The book begins with a description of the tools for space exploration (i.e., space crafts, space rovers, and more) followed by a discussion of the history of Martian exploration and a presentation of what we already know about the “Red Planet”. The book even contains a topographical map of Mars – it’s just incredible!The second half of the book is dedicated to using our imagination to think about what living on Mars would look like and some of the issues we would need to address for it to be habitable. For example, there is no breathable air, it is extremely cold, there is no free-running water, no vegetation, no rain, and far less gravity than Earth (does this mean I would be “lighter”?) There are a series of crisp photographs, groovy illustrations, and even some dioramas depicting things such as high-tech space suits, the dusty rust-colored Martian landscape, and tripped-out bio-domes containing all that is needed to live comfortably. The cynic in me is converting to the idea that it may indeed be possible to live on Mars!My Bottom Line: Welcome to Mars: Making a Home on the Red Planet features an eye-catching collection of photographs and illustrations and is full of the latest science-based information about Mars, space travel, and more. As with other children from generations passed, who gazed up in wonder toward the night sky, this book tests the limits of the reader’s imagination by challenging them to envision life on the Red Planet. I highly recommend this great book and I think it is the perfect choice for any space enthusiast aged 8 years and older.* This book was provided to us by the publisher free-of-charge in exchange for our honest reviews. All opinions expressed are our own. *

  • Erik This Kid Reviews Books
    2019-04-08 06:03

    Synopsis- Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live on Mars? If you have, you probably dismissed it as impossible. How would you like to hear that it may be possible to live on Mars? Within a few years, it may very well be imaginable to be setting up a colony on Mars. It is something that must be thought of, and will be a necessity for our survival as a species.What I Thought- When I think of Mars habitation, I normally end up thinking of space-age technology bordering on Sci-Fi. When I read this book, I realized that the technology is closer than you might think. Much like the advanced technology that Jules Verne predicted and wrote about in the 1800s that is reality today, Buzz Aldrin bring future possibilities to us in this book. Aldrin theorizes about the time it will take for us to get to Mars and start a permanent colony. The text also tell the reader a lot about the red planet. In an easy to understand way, Mr. Aldrin helps explain how we would get to Mars, and tells us about Mars now, and what we would do while colonizing. Reading the book was very thought-provoking – it’s an interesting thought, moving to Mars. There are fun activities for kids reading the book to help teach them about the relationship between Earth and Mars such as Earth’s rotation vs. Mars’. There are cool illustrations, plus pictures of the planned living quarters on Mars. I think that this would be a fun class topic/project. You can discuss it with your students and even have them do activities about Mars exploration. Maybe I’ll do a school project on Mars-living!*NOTE* I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

  • Deedee
    2019-04-20 04:54

    Lexile 900LIL: MG - BL: 6.1 - AR Pts: 3.0Dewey 523.43

  • Ms. Bryson
    2019-03-25 00:44

    Welcome to Mars takes its reader on a futuristic journey as one of the Martian pioneers of Buzz Aldrin’s very own crew. The images from NASA, vivid photographs, and computer-rendered drawings of an imagined journey to a settlement on Mars are sure to plant the seed of interplanetary wanderlust in its audience. The logistics of colonization are presented in an understandable but not overly-simplified manner, with intriguing sidebars such as “Your Favorite Five Pounds” and an imagined Mars menu. The included activities are the only part of the book that fall flat; they are a mostly confusing mixture, interrupting the pace of the reader’s journey and failing to add much to the content. However, the excitement that this book will instill in young space fans is sure to have them searching for their own ways to learn more about the many different components of life on Mars presented here.

  • Shelby Santullo
    2019-04-11 03:48

    Welcome to Mars, teaches you how it would be to live on Mars and how Mars is similar to Earth. Buzz Aldrin who wrote this book was the second person to walk on the moon. He teaches you that Mars have some natural entertainment, in which it could be possible to ski on Mars and how you could grow food there. Mars is livable because it's days are similar to Earth, it has four seasons, and has water. This is great book to teach students about Mars and the planets, in which they could compare and contrast Mars to Earth, since Mars is the only other planet we know right now that humans could live on.

  • Stephanie Croaning
    2019-04-10 01:02

    Welcome to Mars: making a home on the red planetNational Geographic Kids, Washington DC, 2015ISBN 978-1-4263-2206-8Nonfiction/fiction96 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm.Dewey: 523.43Interest Level: grades 3-6; Reading Level: 5.6Lexile measure: 9003 out of 5 starsRecently, I have seen several magazines that have covers featuring "Mission to Mars" and the National Geographic Channel has a special airing soon as well. As I began to read Welcome to Mars I wondered if I had missed some recent announcement from NASA that dealt with sending a manned mission to Mars. From the tone of the book it really seems that this travel and colonization is imminent. I actually did some research and found that while there is a goal to send a human to Mars in the 2030s, there are no concrete space programs planned beyond further exploratory rover missions.So while I am still not sure about the glut of recent Mars literature, I will speculate that it has something to do with increasing the PR for the space program and encouraging young people to still be fascinated with space travel. With that thought in mind, I tried to look at this book as it relates to building excitement and inquiry in a younger generation of potential astronauts and space travelers.On the positive side, many elementary schools use National Geographic in classroom reading programs, so kids will be familiar and comfortable with the layout and style of the book. Here is the magazine:As you can see, the colors and format are very similar to what can be found in the book (below):There are lots of photographs included in the book, and the text blocks are kept to shorter lengths. These are appealing features to elementary age readers.Overall though, I felt the book was confusing in its flow and intent. This is one of those books that I would question about placing in the nonfiction section of the library. The parts of the book that directly suggest you are a space traveler colonizing Mars, are clearly made up, and it wasn't really clear from formatting or transitions which parts of the book were made up and which were informational. For example, on page 55 is a section titled "The Interplanetary Spaceport." This section begins in the fictional realm by stating, "The two previous missions identified the best place to put our first spaceport," however immediately following this there is factual information about the topography of Mars and areas that would be more habitable than others. Then we switch to fiction and read, "The spaceport we're landing at will be located near the Martian equator," and then more factual information.As an adult, I struggled with the movement back and forth between fiction and nonfiction. On page 32 the text says "when you observe Mars through our telescope here on the cycler," and I couldn't remember if the cycler was real or imaginary. I had to flip back to page 20 to remind myself that it was a concept presented by Aldrin.Welcome to Mars wouldn't be one of the "must-have" books that I would recommend for an elementary school library. I feel that the purpose of the book is not clearly defined from the beginning for young readers and therefore gives them incorrect messages about the current state of the United State's space program as it relates to exploring Mars.An interesting side note is that the National Geographic Kids Magazine that features "Mission to Mars" is very well done, and even includes some of the same visuals as the Welcome to Mars book. The magazine article starts out clearly stating its purpose, "It's the year 2035, and you've been selected to join NASA's newest astronaut class. Your assignment: Travel to Mars...Here's your guide to everything you need to know about surviving life on Mars." Very concise in its purpose and the information that it shares with young readers, I would highly recommend the magazine article.

  • Annalee Schnebele
    2019-04-09 03:59

    If you've ever seen the episode of 30 Rock where Buzz Aldrin yells at the moon with Liz - then you understand a little bit of the wackiness that inhabits this book.Overall, very interesting and engaging nonfiction about travelling to and colonizing Mars with great hands-on experiments and demonstrations to explain the concepts.Would recommend to upper elementary and middle school students who are at all interested in space travel. The text is accessible, but the content is fairly sophisticated (and has an entertaining voice).

  • Aeicha
    2019-04-08 23:57

    World-famous astronaut, Buzz Aldrin, may have walked on the moon, but now he has his sights set on Mars! In Welcome To Mars: Making A Home On The Red Planet, Aldrin explores the very real idea of humans settling on Mars. Aldrin takes young readers on a fascinating and informative journey to the red planet and lays out his dream of one day making this awe-inspiring planet a home for humans.Welcome To Mars: Making A Home On The Red Planet is full of interesting facts, inspiring ideas, and a lot of passion. Aldrin explores the ins and outs of Mars, detailing all of its amazing qualities and statistics, through age-appropriate terms and explanations. Welcome To Mars: Making A Home On The Red Planet, excitingly places the reader directly in the narrative, asking them to imagine they are one of the first settlers on Mars. Young readers will be absolutely captivated by this out-of-this-world journey, as they learn all about what Mars has to offer and what their could-be-home will be like. From the building of homes to the growing of food, daily life on Mars, recreational activities, and more, Aldrin covers it all.Welcome To Mars: Making A Home On The Red Planet incorporates real photography and digital illustrations throughout the book. These pictures and illustrations do a wonderful job of capturing Aldrin’s passion for Mars and sparking the imagination and curiosity of young readers. There are also fun activities and experiments sprinkled throughout Welcome To Mars: Making A Home On The Red Planet that readers can try at final thoughts: Readers of all ages will never look at Mars the same way after reading Welcome To Mars: Making A Home On The Red Planet! Buzz Aldrin takes a wondrous and huge idea and explores it in a way that will inspire, entertain, and captivate.

  • Ms. Yingling
    2019-04-05 01:11

    Book provided by publisher.This well illustrated book by space experts lays out why people should colonize Mars and describes what preparations need to be made for such an excursion. From details of packing and the flight to equipment used on Mars and the natural resources of the planet, everything is covered with full but easy to understand descriptions. The history of space travel, with an emphasis on exploration involving Mars covered, is and there is a nice time line. The descriptions of how the crew will reuse parts of the ship to form a habitat, and the in-depth discussion of how food would be grown are most interesting. Aldrin makes a good argument that not only is inhabiting possible, but it is a great idea.Strengths: Young readers are always interested in daily life, so mock ups of living quarters, typical menus, and even a picture of a Martian basketball court will intrigue them. Science teachers will appreciate the detailed descriptions of atmospheric conditions and the surface differences of Mars. There is a nice bibliography as well as a glossary. Weaknesses: The computer generated pictures always look odd to me, but don't seem to register with students. I could have done without the activities, which were printed in very small font.

  • Annette
    2019-03-27 03:04

    WELCOME TO MARS: MAKING A HOME ON THE RED PLANET by Buzz Aldrin and Marianne Dyson takes an amazing look at the near-future reality of a human colony on Mars.Readers are invited to become Martian pioneers as they work their way the information they’ll need to journey to Mars and build a permanent home. This visually-rich, well-organized book includes short chapters dealing with key issues related to space travel and the colonization of Mars. Numerous fun activities, author side-bars, interesting fact boxes, stunning photographs, detailed illustrations, intriguing diagrams and primary source documents add to the appeal. A timelines and map of Mars are particularly interesting. The book concludes with book and website lists, a glossary, credits, and an index.Librarians will find an eager audience for this timely work of nonfiction. With movie The Martian coming out in October, the book is sure to be a hit. Plan an event around this interest in Mars. Pair the book with the many NASA websites featuring information about Mars.To learn more about Buzz Aldrin, go to learn more about co-author Marianne Dyson, go to by National Geographic Children’s Books on September 1, 2015.

  • Kristi Bernard
    2019-04-15 07:09

    Do you want to visit Mars? Are you curious about what it would be like to live on Mars? Buzz Aldrin, is an astronaut and the second person to ever walk on the moon. In this wonderful fact filled guide, he invites readers to travel to Mars, build a livable environment and stay there.Readers will learn how Mars compares to Earth. A day on Mars is similar to a day on Earth. And most importantly, Mars has water. Readers will learn about how they could travel to Mars and what they would need to bring. As readers turn the pages there are plenty of activities with cool things to create. Activities with step-by-step directions show readers how gravity works, where to find the red planet and even how to build a sample home of what people might live in on Mars.There are many photos of Mars and our recent visit, scientific diagrams, activities, glossary and resources to learn more about Mars. Parents and teachers will enjoy this guide to Mars and will want to add this to a home or school library. It’s time we started getting ready to live on Mars.

  • Heidi
    2019-04-09 05:58

    While I am not interested in going to Mars myself, the ideas is certainly an intriguing one. This book by former astronaut Buzz Aldrin addresses what it is likely to take to get there and survive there on a long term basis. Aldrin points out about where science is now in terms of getting there (rockets, supplies, etc). and then shares what it will probably take to allow people to live there. I found that fascinating and very intimidating. Those who go will have to depend on people from earth to keep them supplied with certain things, but will be on their own if certain things go wrong. The activities included in the book add a fun touch to the content in terms of helping young readers understand some of the challenging concepts that are presented. I also found the comparisons to the conditions on earth to be completely fascinating. This is a great book for young readers who dream of going to Mars or helping the process.

  • Alexandria
    2019-04-10 06:58

    I really like books that speculate on how things will be if and when we colonize other planets. This book delved into that a little bit, mostly in the later chapters, and spent a good deal of time on the history of our attempts to reach Mars as well. I think I would have liked it more if it had spent more time on the speculation, but it was still an interesting book. Written for late middle or early high schoolers, it would be a good book for research on this topic in those age ranges.

  • Darlene Cruz
    2019-04-11 00:01

    I was so happy to get this book, why? Space exploration and anything to do with Mars is magic in my eyes but to get Buzz Aldrin take on it is icing on the cake. The race to Mars is quite informative from robotic exploration like finding a type of rock called quart on the red planet and images that had shown ancient shoreline or dust storms. Very informative and enjoyable to keep you reading and absorbing what this book has to offer. Thank you, Darlene Cruz

  • Amy
    2019-04-19 00:57

    Very informative and readable non-fiction about what it would take to support human life on Mars. The information is broken into sections that make it very accessible for any reader. Lots of good illustrations as well. I found it to be fascinating and I think kids interested in space will enjoy it also.

  • Amanda Lee
    2019-04-09 04:59

    I thought this book was very interesting. It was about people moving to Mars in the future. I have never thought about that before and am very curious now about the possibility of seeing this in my lifetime.

  • Pam
    2019-04-08 05:54

    I've always wanted to be an astronaut (who doesn't) and now you thanks to the ultimate astronaut, Buzz Aldrin, you can be a space explorer too!

  • Catherine
    2019-04-06 07:07

    An interesting look on how Mars could be colonized. This book contains a nice collection of science experiments for kids.

  • Bart
    2019-04-10 06:54

    Lots of good information here, wanted more! Looking forward to give this as a gift to my space-minded nephew.

  • Cheri Baker
    2019-04-18 00:46

    A children's book, but full of interesting facts about Mars. Useful if you want some very basic information about what it might take to colonize the planet.

  • Jaysen Huculak
    2019-04-21 03:59

    Read this book to my 6 and 8 year old over a few weeks and it was a great introduction to ideas about traveling to Mars. I might pick up Mission to Mars because of this.