Space Academy How to fly spacecraft step by step

Deborah Kespert, David Baker

An interactive introduction to space travel that encourages children to imagine themselves piloting spacecraft

Here is a training class that shows children how to pilot different kinds of spacecraft. Filled with stats and facts, this book covers essential space science, plus the latest space hardware, gadgets, and know-how.

An introductory “Astronaut School” section looks at the technology of space travel. “In Orbit” takes children into space, putting them in the hot seat on different kinds of spacecraft or at mission control. They learn how to fly an Apollo rocket to the Moon, take a space shuttle to the International Space Station, go on a spacewalk, and ferry a cargo of tourists into zero gravity. The “ID section” at the back of the book explains how to identify different kinds of rockets and manned and unmanned craft, including probes, rovers, and shuttles.


Will make young readers feel like experts on space flight.

— Publishers Weekly


Deborah Kespert


Deborah Kespert is a children’s book author. She has written many books for children including Genius! and Space Academy.

David Baker


David Baker is a space scientist who worked with NASA on the Gemini, Apollo, and Space Shuttle programs between 1965 and 1984. He has written more than eighty books on spaceflight technology, including the NASA Space Shuttle Manual .