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It'll Never Work: Rockets and Space Travel: An Accidental History of Inventions

Jon Richards

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It'll Never Work, For National Curriculum Key Stage 2, Interest age: from c 9 years, Prose: non-fiction, Science & technology: general interest (Children's, Transport (Children's / Teenage), Space (Children's / Teenage)

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Explore the world of technology: the wild and wacky ideas people have had, discover which ones never get off the ground... and which ones did

Have you ever wondered what made human beings think they could go to the Moon? The idea of exploring space started with fiction and science-fiction written by authors like Jules Verne and H G Wells. Little did they know that space travel would become a reality! IT'LL NEVER WORK: ROCKETS AND SPACE TRAVEL explores the history of space travel and spaceships, the successes and failures that have led to the very recent Pluto flyby by the New Horizons spacecraft.

Each title in this exciting, high-interest series looks at a different area of technology and engineering and reveals the pioneering ideas and scientific thinking that enabled its development, as well as exposing those that proved to be a dead end. Each spread examines a particular example in depth, bringing in other similar ideas where relevant, and revealing that experimentation and failure often pave the way to technology success. Beautifully designed and illustrated with infographic-style artwork, this series is an excellent technology resource for readers aged 9 and up.

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