The Usborne Official Astronaut’s Handbook


The Usborne Official Astronaut’s Handbook by Louie Stowell, illustrated by Roger Simo


  • A funny and fascinating how-to guide for budding astronauts, providing a crash course on what it takes to travel into space.
  • Answers all the big questions about space travel, from “How do rockets work?” and “What do astronauts do all day?” to “How do you go to the toilet on a spaceship?”
  • Explores the technology that astronauts use, from space suits to Soyuz spacecraft, and the scientific experiments they do on the International Space Station, and includes internet links to recommended websites to find out more.
  • With a personal message by the British European Space Agency astronaut, Tim Peake, who will visit the International Space Station in December 2015,  and exclusive insights from the UK Space Agency and ESA who have provided expert advice on this book.

Published: June 2015 | ISBN-13: 978-1409590743 | Ages: 9+ years

Mini-bio: Louie Stowell is an in-house writer and editor for Usborne Publishing.  She’s written dozens of books, including stories about vampires, retellings of ancient myths and fairytales, geeky books about how spaceships work and the Usborne Write Your Own Story Book.  Louie runs story-writing and comics-making workshops at literary festivals and schools, and she writes and draws a webcomic about gods living in the suburbs.  She also writes interactive fiction for Fiction Express.  One of her interactive stories, The School for Supervillains will be published by Readzone this year. – Jonshon & Alcock bio
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Nominated for the 2016 Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize the judges said: “This is a superb book all about how to become an astronaut. It’s a step by step guide for would-be astronauts and space scientists – plus it has a foreword from a really inspirational astronaut, Tim Peake. There’s a lot of humour in it, and it’s full of those little details that just make a book special.”

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