Can You Get Jellyfish in Space?

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Written by: Dr Sheila Kanani
Illustrated by: Liz Kay
Publisher: Puffin

You’ve probably heard of dogs in space. Maybe even chimpanzees. But jellyfish? Almost certainly not!

Join Dr Sheila Kanani as she discovers a weird and wonderful cast of animals who have travelled into space, from Ham the chimpanzee to Félicette the cat, and the 60,000 jellyfish who have orbited the Earth (did you know you can also get jellyfish-shaped galaxies?). You’ll meet the microscopic creatures that can survive in the vacuum of space, and wonder – could aliens really exist?

This fantastical journey into the wild and surprising realms of space weaves together astronomy, physics and biology, and is sure to inspire space-obsessed and animal-loving kids everywhere.

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    About the Author

    Dr Sheila Kanani

    Dr Sheila Kanani is a planetary physicist, science presenter, secondary school physics teacher, space comedian and published author, with a background in astrophysics and astronomy research from UK universities. She regularly acts as a science ambassador, visiting schools and speaking at events. Sheila is currently the Education, Outreach and Diversity officer for the Royal Astronomical Society. Sheila enjoys walking on her local beach with her family of boys, playing sports, gazing at the stars, reading and eating (preferably reading whilst eating!). Her favourite planet is Saturn.

    Dr Sheila Kanani

    About the Illustrator

    Liz Kay

    Liz Kay

    When not busy doodling, Liz is usually found hiking and biking around the Yorkshire countryside and playing tennis for her local club. Liz has worked on a variety of commissions across illustrated maps, hand lettering and calligraphy, greetings cards, infographics, children’s books, newspapers and magazines, animation, murals, personalised illustrations and wedding stationery.

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