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The Usborne Official Astronaut's Handbook

by Louie Stowell, illustrated by Roger Simo (Usborne)

The judges said: “This is a superb book all about how to become an astronaut. It’s a step by step guide for would-be astronauts and space scientists - plus it has a foreword from a really inspirational astronaut, Tim Peake. There’s a lot of humour in it, and it’s full of those little details that just make a book special.”

About the book

A funny and fascinating how-to guide for budding astronauts, providing a crash course on what it takes to travel into space with a personal message from Tim Peake and exclusive insights from the UK and European Space Agencies. This book answers all the big questions about space travel, from “How do rockets work?” and “What do astronauts do all day?” to “How do you go to the toilet on a spaceship?” With pages on the technology that astronauts use, from space suits to Soyuz spacecraft, and the scientific experiments they do on the International Space Station, plus internet links to recommended websites to find out more.