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Mars by the Book
EXPLORE! Life on Mars

Mars by the Book


    Suggested books

Elaine Landau, Scholastic, Children’s Press, 2008, ISBN 0531125602
Is there life on Mars? Nobody has ever found life on Mars, but some scientists think it’s possible that there is – or once was – life on the red planet. For children ages 10–13.

Mars and the Search for Life
Elaine Scott, Clarion Books, 2008, ISBN 0618766952
Despite the fondest desires of science fiction fans, everyone knows Mars isn't inhabited by little green men. But could there ever have been life there, in some form? For children ages 9 and up.

Planet Mars (See More Readers Level 1)
Seymour Simon, Chronicle Books, 2006, ISBN 0811854043
Young readers view photographs of Mars from the Spirit and Opportunity rovers and receive up–to–date information in an easy to read format. For children ages 6–8.

Exploring Mars
David J. Ward, Lerner Publications, 2006, ISBN–10: 0822559366
Ward provides a comprehensive introduction to Mars that includes discussion of Mars' surface features and water, life on Mars, and past and future missions to Mars. For children ages 9–12.

The Mighty Mars Rovers: The Incredible Adventures of Spirit and Opportunity
Elizabeth Rusch, Houghton Mifflin, 2012, ISBN 054747881X
This book 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. For ages 9 and up.

Cars on Mars: Roving the Red Planet
Alexandra Siy, Charlesbridge Publishing, 2011, ISBN 1570914621
Readers can follow the course of NASAs Mars Exploration Rover (MER) mission as twin rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, explore the Red Planet. The author provides insight into scientists’ quest to discover whether life may have or still might exist on Mars. For children ages 10 and up.

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Last updated
June 12, 2013


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