The Mighty Mars Rovers The Incredible Adventures of Spirit and Opportunity by Elizabeth Rusch

The Mighty Mars Rovers The Incredible Adventures of Spirit and Opportunity

Written by Elizabeth Rusch
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The Mighty Mars Rovers The Incredible Adventures of Spirit and Opportunity by Elizabeth Rusch

On June 10, 2003, a little rover named Spirit blasted off on a rocket headed for Mars. On July 7, 2003, a twin rover named Opportunity soared through the solar system with the same mission: to find out if Mars ever had water that could have supported life. A thrilling addition to the acclaimed Scientists in the Field series, The Mighty Mars Rovers 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. This suspenseful page-turner captures the hair-raising human emotions felt during the adventures with two tough rovers.


-NYPL 100 Titles for Reading & Sharing, 2012

(star) Enthralling . . . How extraordinary to visit Mars in Spirit; readers will be very glad of the Opportunity. --Kirkus, starred review

(star) Well documented and fully illustrated with many colorful photos and digital images, this is a book that space technology fans won't want to miss. --Booklist, starred review

(star) This detailed look at planning, implementing, maintaining, and troubleshooting a highly complex scientific mission puts a human face on an incredible accomplishment. --School Library Journal, starred review

(star) Rusch's account skillfully captures the exciting quest for knowledge that drives Squyres and his team through the leaps and setbacks of scientific exploration. --Horn Book, starred review

About the Author

The award-winning freelance writer Elizabeth Rusch has published more than one hundred articles in magazines such as Muse, Smithsonian, and Mother Jones. She is the author of a number award-winning nonfiction titles for children, including: Generation Fix, Will it Blow?, The Planet Hunter, and For the Love of Music: The Remarkable Story of Maria Anna Mozart. This is her first book forHoughton Mifflin.

Elizabeth lives in Portland, Oregon, with her family. Liz has a four-inch-high scale model rover, which she kept next to her computer for inspiration while writing this book. The model rover toppled over and broke so many times that she can t believe Spirit and Opportunity have survived roaming Mars for more than six years. You can visit Liz online at

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80 pages
Interest Age: 9 to 12


Elizabeth Rusch
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Publication date

2nd August 2012



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