Details the activities of the American Voyager 2 space probe as it made its 1989 flyby of Neptune and its moons. Discusses the eighth planet's orbit, atmosphere, rings, and geology.
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Grade 3-6-- Branley continues his peripatetic way through the solar system, this time focusing on the planet that is, for now, the farthest from the sun. The missions of the two Voyager probes that have provided so much new information are briefly described; the author then concentrates on the discoveries made during the 1989 Neptune encounter. Report writers will be able to locate information in the clearly written text; the necessary statistics are conveniently included in an appendix. Suggestions for further reading show a number of periodical articles, but unfortunately also include Branley's now dated The Nine Planets (Crowell, 1978; o.p.). The Great Voyager Adventure (Messner, 1990) by Alan Harris and Paul Weissman has more information on the Voyager probes. Branley's book is similar in coverage to Simon's Neptune (Morrow, 1991); while not quite as visually spectacular, it does contain a generous supply of excellent full-color and black-and-white illustrations. It is a solid addition to astronomy collections, sure to be used by curious youngsters as well as researchers. --Elaine Fort Weischedel, Turner Free Library, Randolph, MA
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Book Description Harpercollins Childrens Books, 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX006022519X