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When NASA announces the crew of the upcoming Mars mission, Meteor the Mousetronaut is, shockingly, not on the list.

No matter; the little mouse isn’t about to let his training go to waste. He packs his spacesuit and stows away on the Galaxy, floating out to scavenge crumbs while the human crew sleeps. After six months, the Galaxy reaches Mars orbit—but one of the landing craft’s engines fails, and the remaining one isn’t strong enough to transport even one human. Meteor volunteers for duty and, equipped with a tiny American flag, descends to the Red Planet to gather rock samples. Six months later, he returns to Earth to be welcomed as a hero with the other astronauts. While this story inevitably lacks the freshness of Meteor’s debut (Mousetronaut, 2012), Kelly’s prose and storytelling have matured, and Meteor’s enthusiasm is as infectious as ever. Payne’s delightfully regular-looking, multiethnic and gender-inclusive crew displays the same winning combination of heroism and lumpiness (the mission commander has an endearingly potatolike face) that distinguished the first adventure. Perhaps what’s most striking about this book, though, is the four-page afterword, in which Kelly summarizes the history of Mars exploration and discusses the potential for a real manned mission. His eloquence in advocating for a vigorous space program bespeaks both passion and experience.

Rodent or no, Meteor sure is one heck of a space ambassador. (Picture book. 4-8) (Kirkus)

About the Author

Mark Kelly is a retired astronaut and US Navy Captain. He flew his first of four missions in 2001 aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour, the same space shuttle that he commanded on its final flight in May 2011.

C. F. Payne has illustrated more than a dozen picture books, including the New York Times bestselling Mousetronaut by astronaut Mark Kelly, the Texas Bluebonnet winner Shoeless Joe & Black Betsy, written by Phil Bildner, and the New York Times bestsellers The Remarkable Farkle McBride and Micawber, both by John Lithgow. He teaches at the Columbus College of Design, where he is the chair of the Illustration Department. Payne lives with his wife and children in Cincinnati, Ohio. Visit him online at

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Mars mission a success! Nov. 10 2013
By Paul S. Hardersen - Published on
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As a follow-on to the first Mousetronaut book, this is another can-do tale of how everyone (including Meteor) can perform great deeds despite their size. My children ask me to read this book repeatedly and, I hope, it is beginning to inculcate a knowledge of space as well as realizing they can do anything they set their minds to do.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Love it. April 30 2014
By Derek Burrell - Published on
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Good follow up story from the original. Great pictures! The Martian landscape page is a packed with imagination. Love it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Even better than the first book Jan. 19 2014
By Neens - Published on
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Specifically asked the 6-yo which one of the Moustronaut books he liked better, and without hesitation, he picked this one. I agree with one reviewer that the writing was a little stilted, but I don't think the 6-yo cared. The book had great information about the space program and I ended up learning a lot. Indeed, the 4-page afterword taught me enough about the potential issues involved with a manned mission to Mars, that I was able to keep up my end of a very lively discussion of space exploration with a 6 yo.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Adorable illustrations and fun story-line make Mousetronaut Goes to Mars ... Dec 4 2014
By Shelli - Published on
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Adorable illustrations and fun story-line make Mousetronaut Goes to Mars a great read aloud for elementary age students. The appendix has a lengthy and informative section about Mars's terrain, orbit, also Russian and the United States space attempts (failures and successes) throughout the years. Parents and educators can use this as additional science curriculum when covering the planets, typically in 5th grade.
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My son loves this book! March 17 2014
By Book Lover - Published on
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Such a cute story. My 4 year old son loves this book. Illustrations are super, and the information at the back is really great as well.