The Little Spacecraft That Could: New Horizons' amazing journey to Pluto and Arrokoth

by Joyce Lapin (Author) Simona Ceccarelli (Illustrator)

The Little Spacecraft That Could: New Horizons' amazing journey to Pluto and Arrokoth
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Ride along with the New Horizons spacecraft as she rockets three billion miles to Pluto! Watch her take the first close-up photos of Pluto, and then journey another billion miles to mini-world Arrokoth. You'll whiz through space at more than 10 miles per second; learn how giant planet Jupiter helped the little spacecraft reach Pluto; and discover the astonishing surface feature that made the world fall in love with Pluto.

Kirkus Reviews

Starred Review
An epic, energetic flight into the dimmer reaches of our local astronomical neighborhood.


[In] Lapin's exciting, accessible STEM offering . . . [with] Ceccarelli's clear, colorful images . . . the twilight space backgrounds and entertainingly animated spacecraft are quite engaging. . . . Playful science for space-loving kids.

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Joyce Lapin
Joyce Lapin has enjoyed reading and learning about astronomy since childhood. A former advertising copywriter, she's happy to have found a kinder, gentler life writing books. She is the author of Sterling's If You Had Your Birthday Party on the Moon. She lives in Simsbury, CT.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Union Square Kids
Publication date
May 20, 2021
BISAC categories
JNF051040 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Science & Nature | Astronomy
JNF051140 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Science & Nature | Physics
JNF051200 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Science & Nature | Weights & Measures
Library of Congress categories

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