Journey to space! George and the Blue Moon

Work out your space weight and discover more cool space facts from George and the Blue Moon by Lucy and Stephen Hawking.

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Fascinated by the universe? Dream of going to Mars? If you’re interested in space travel, then you’ll want to get your hands on this exciting adventure story by Lucy and Stephen Hawking.

It follows the story of George and his best friend, Annie who have been selected as junior astronauts – part of a programme that trains up young people for a trip to Mars in the future.
But when they arrive at space camp, George and Annie quickly learn that strange things are happening – on Earth as well as up in our skies. Mysterious space missions are happening in secret, and the astronaut training they’re undertaking gets scarier and scarier.

Get set to blast off and be immersed by this exciting space adventure. The book is packed with top space facts from astronauts too!

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Did you know? 5 cool space facts:

  1. You could jump over really high bars with ease on the Moon or Mercury – but find it hard to even take a step over a bar on the ground on Jupiter!
  2. As we speak, there is a Rover the size of a car, which has just celebrated its third birthday on Mars.
  3. When you go up into space in a spacecraft, you pass through a line which seems to divide the blue of the Earth’s atmosphere with the black of space. This is called the Karman line and it is about 100km above the surface of the Earth. It marks the start of space!
  4. Earth – our blue planet – is exceptional in our solar system as it is nearly three quarters covered by the oceans.
  5. How much do you weigh? If you weigh 34 kilos on Earth, here is your weight in kilos on other bodies in our solar system!
  • Mercury 12.8 kilos
  • Venus 30.6 kilos
  • The Moon 5.6 kilos
  • Mars 12.8 kilos
  • Jupiter 80.3 kilos
  • Saturn 36.1 kilos
  • Uranus 30.2 kilos
  • Neptune 38.2 kilos

So you could jump over really high bars with ease on the Moon or Mercury – but find it hard to even take a step over a bar on the ground on Jupiter.

Find out more about Lucy Hawking on her website and follow her on Twitter @journeytospace.

EXCITING PRIZE! To celebrate the start of National Science Week, join us on Twitter @puffinbooks for a chance to win a family day out at the Science Museum with four tickets to Legend of Apollo and Hidden Universe 3D – and a copy of the book. Four runners up will win a copy of George and the Blue Moon.

To enter, tell us on @puffinbooks Twitter the one thing you’d pack to take to the moon. #GeorgeandtheBlueMoon. Enter between 11-13 March 2016.

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