The Mighty Mars Rovers

The Incredible Adventures of Spirit and Opportunity

Five, four, three, two, one…liftoff! On June 10, 2003, a little rover named Spirit blasted off on a rocket headed for Mars. Less than a month later, a twin rover named Opportunity soared through the solar system with the same mission: to find out if Mars ever had water that could have supported life. Totally dependent on solar power, which is scarce during harsh Martian winters, Spirit and Opportunity were expected to survive for three months. Instead, in what may well be the most successful space mission ever, the two go-cart-sized, six-wheeled rovers explored the red planet for more than six years. Opportunity has driven farther than anyone can believe, and Spirit survived so many impossible situations that engineers call her “the Indiana Jones of Mars.” Defying all expectations, Opportunity is still exploring!
This thrilling addition to the acclaimed Scientists in the Field series, The Mighty Mars Rovers tells the greatest space robot adventure of all time through the eyes—and heart—of Steven Squyres, professor of astronomy at Cornell University and lead scientist on the mission. Join Steve as he sweats through the rover’s dramatic landings, puzzle with him and his team as they figure out how to make delicate rovers explore deep craters and travel up the sides of jagged mountains, and hold your breath with Steve as Spirit and Opportunity find themselves in grave danger again and again. 


* Orbis Pictus Honor, NCTE
* ALA Notable Children's Book
* Bankstreet Best Children's Book
* Booklist's Top 10 Science and Health Books for Youth
* Best Book of 2012, New York Public Library
* Best Book of 2012, Kirkus
* Best Book of 2012, School Library Journal
* Outstanding Science Trade Book, NSTA
* YALSA Nonfiction Award nominee
* Junior Library Guild selection
* Crystal Kite Award finalist
* Oregon Spirit Book Award winner
* Arizona's Children's Choice Award finalist (Grand Canyon Award)


*KIRKUS starred review*
“Enthralling…Stellar…Edge-of-your-seat reading”

*HORN BOOK starred review*

 *BOOKLIST,  starred review* 

"A book that space technology fans won't want to miss"

  *SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL starred review* 
 “This detailed look at planning, implementing, maintaining, and troubleshooting a highly complex scientific mission puts a human face on an incredible accomplishment.”

 More, Full Reviews

Teachers' guide with discussion questions and hands-on activities here.

Common Core guide here.

Nonfiction, Scientists in the Field Series
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Ages 9 and up
June 2012 


Copyright 2013 Elizabeth Rusch

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