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How many kids aspire to become an astronaut one day? Wouldn’t it be great to float in space and do neat experiments? But before all the “fun” begins, it takes an incredible amount of hard work to prepare oneself for the ride of a lifetime. Before they are sent to space, astronauts have to go through spacecraft systems training, wilderness training, underwater training, roller coaster–like flight training, and teamwork training, not to mention science, technology, medical, engineering, and math training. Training for flight also depends on being prepared physically, mentally, and emotionally, having the right attitude and learning to deal with problems calmly. Dr. Dave speaks from experience when he describes what it’s like to live underwater for weeks at a time, experience free-floating in microgravity in the “Vomit Comet,” or catch and eat bugs during wilderness training. With its first-hand photos and amusing illustrations, GO FOR LIFTOFF! is the go-to book for aspiring astronauts.

Go For Lift Off! How to Train Like An Astronaut

GO FOR LIFTOFF!: HOW TO TRAIN LIKE AN ASTRONAUT is your chance to find out what it takes to become an astronaut — from someone who knows!

Written by Dave Williams & Loredana Cunti
Illustrated by Theo Krynauw
Annick Press
ISBN-13: 9781554519149
52 pages
Grade 2-5 [Ages: 7-11]

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2017 - Joint winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre

2018 - Joint winner, Top Ten Best Bet, Ontario Library Association

2017 - Long-listed, American Association for the Advancement of Science SB&F Prize nomination


“This pleasing look at what qualities it takes to be an astronaut will be useful for lessons on space, careers, goal setting, and the value of determination. ”


School Library Journal

“An upbeat, colorful introduction to astronaut training. ”


— Booklist

Did you know? 
Loredana Cunti offers author visits for elementary schools!

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