The Book of Moons
Lerner Publishing, 2021, 104 pp., Hardcover. $27.99. www.lernerbooks.com
For centuries, astronomers have placed a special interest on the other planets of the solar system. But with the advent of spacecraft and the tremendous missions undertaken by the Voyager and Cassini probes, astronomers have discovered that the natural satellites of the planets — the solar system’s moons — are some of the most extraordinary places imaginable. There are moons with towering geysers, erupting volcanos, and subterranean oceans of warm, mineral-rich water. Some of the highest mountains and deepest canyons can be found on the moons. There are moons that have shattered into pieces and then reassembled. There is even a moon where it rains rocket fuel. Recently, scientists have turned to the moons for answers in their investigations of the origins of the solar system and the evolution of life on our own planet. Featuring full-color, scientifically accurate illustrations by NASA artist Ron Miller, this book chronicles these investigations and the questions we have yet to answer in our exploration of the solar system’s moons. For grades 6 to 12.