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Imagine blasting off in a spaceship to make new discoveries! This dynamic title gives readers an up-close, out-of-this-world look at astronauts. Inviting, easy-to-read text pairs with oversized, action-packed photos and Fact Alert boxes to reveal what it's like to work as an astronaut, including daily tasks, unique challenges, and the special gear and tools used. Readers will also learn about the history of astronauts, safety methods, and required education and experience. This book concludes with ways for readers to explore the work of an astronaut, leaving them with a lasting look at this extreme job! A table of contents, a glossary with phonetic spellings, and an index are included. Big Buddy Books is an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.