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From School Library Journal
Grade 2-4AWhat with falling comets and the recent arrival of the Galileo spacecraft, the past decade has been a busy one for the Jovian systemAso here's a timely, thoroughly revised edition of Simon's 1985 Jupiter (Morrow). It incorporates recent events and discoveries into a clearly written, dramatically illustrated tour of our largest planet and its four Galilean moons. Most of the first edition's eye-popping photographs have been replaced by even larger, closer views; those that remain look fresh, sharp, and bright. Similarly, the text has been rewritten, rearranged, and enhanced with plenty of new information about the impact of the Shoemaker-Levy comet, visible changes between the Voyager flybys in the late '70s and Galileo's observations, and the descent of Galileo's probe into the wild Jovian atmosphere. Expertly balancing the verbal and visual presentation, Simon again demonstrates his ability to inform and entertain simultaneously.AJohn Peters, New York Public Library
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School Library Journal
"Expertly balancing the verbal and visual presentation, Simon again demonstrates hisability to inform and entertain simultaneously." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Imagine a place where the atmospheric pressure is so great, a spaceship landing there would be crushed. A place where winds blow at speeds of over four hundred miles per hour. A place millions of miles from Earth, and completely unlike our own familiar world.
On December 7, 1995, the spacecraft Galileo arrived at Jupiter, the fifth and largest planet in our Solar System, to uncover some of its mysteries. Circling around the planet, Galileo sent back to Earth dramatic new information, including breathtaking photographs of the surface of Jupiter and its moons.
Award-winning science writer Seymour Simon examines these and other recent discoveries about Jupiter in this completely revised and updated book. With clear text and vivid photographs, he sheds light on such mysteries as Jupiter's Great Red Spot-a super hurricane big enough to hold two planet Earths inside-and discusses the possibility that life may exist on Europa, one of Jupiter's moons.
Join us on a journey to this strange yet beautiful place, so unlike our planet Earth. It is a fascinating distant world we are just beginning to explore.