The V.R. Space Explorers set off to solve the mystery of Titan's black cat. Each one of our young scientists has a job on the mission and the story is full of real science facts! With the help of the on-board Al (artificial intelligence) lead instructor, Dr. Bruce, they quickly realize they can't fly to Titan to investigate in person. But no worries, our young explorers can travel to the farthest reaches of space to conduct their scientific research using the space station's virtual reality explorer room. Before you know it, our young scientists are on their way (virtually, because they'd be way too old if they went in person!) to Saturn's moon, Titan, to investigate the mysterious black cat transmission.
Dr. Bruce Betts is a planetary scientist who earned a B.S. in Physics and Math and an M.S. in Applied Physics from Stanford and a Ph.D. in Planetary Science with a minor in Geology from Caltech. He spent several years with San Juan Institute/Planetary Science Institute as a Research Scientist, and later Senior Research Scientist. He studied planetary surfaces, including Mars, the Moon, and Jupiter's moons, using infrared and other data, and published several scientific papers on these subjects. He spent three years at NASA headquarters managing planetary instrument development programs to design spacecraft science instruments. He is currently the Chief Scientist and LightSail Program Manager for The Planetary Society, the world's largest space interest group.
About the Author
DR. BRUCE BETTS is a planetary scientist who loves teaching people about planets, space, and the night sky in fun and entertaining ways. He is the chief scientist for the world's largest space interest group, The Planetary Society, where he heads both the Science and Technology and the Education and Outreach programs. He regularly writes for a variety of online and print publications, including The Planetary Report and his blog, planetary.org. Learn more at RandomSpaceFact.com.
As an author, my secret desire has always been to write books that children explain to adults. For inside a child there is a world of fantasy (and truth) that grownups have long forgotten. As a child, I was encouraged by my mother to see the invisible and do the impossible. Then, as a mother myself, I witnessed the imaginary thoughts and worlds of children through my own sons, Joe and Mike. Now it's my grandchildren, Aidan and Taylor, who - with their whimsies and visions - have taken me to faraway lands where flowers speak, dance, laugh and learn. I am a recently retired high school English teacher. What I miss most about teaching is that wry smile that lights a student's face when he or she grasps the meaning of a thought or theory. For like a dandelion's seed, there is no telling where the wind will carry that awareness.