Three major sections, divided into shorter chapters. The major sections are
1. The Mysterious Universe - covers the stars, measuring space, milky way, meteors and much more.
2. The Solar System - each of the planets, the sun and icy worlds are discussed here.
3. Space Exploration - Space stations, explorations, satellites etc
Take a spectacular journey into the farthest reaches of space with the Smithsonian. This engaging and informative guide to the galaxy, the planets, and the universe brings the incredible experience of a visit to the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum into the pages of a fun and fantastic book. Smithsonian Discover: Space is organized as a virtual trip through outer space, starting at the edges of the expanding universe, continuing into the spiral Milky Way galaxy, then arriving in our solar system to explore each planet in turn.
My son learned a thing or two. :) He was very happy to look through the book and read snippets here and there. Did you for instance know that if you put all the planets together they wouldn't equal the mass of Jupiter? Last year we had learned abit about the different shapes of galaxies, it was neat to see them displayed in colour.
I enjoyed how they displayed our place in the milky way with the different arms labelled.
The solar cards are printed on a heavier paper and should stand up to children rifling through them. The cards are labelled with pertinent facts on the reverse side. Each planetary body gets a two page spread filled with facts and numerous full colour images.