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Space Cats Push the Furry Frontier in New 'CatStronauts' Book Series (Excerpts)

Meet the CatStronauts!

Drew Brockington/Little, Brown

Check out these scenes from "CatStronauts," a new graphic novel starring spacefaring felines that go to the moon, Mars and beyond! [Read the full story]

Liftoff!

Drew Brockington/Little, Brown

The CatStronauts blast off atop a CATSUP rocket in "Mission Moon."

Ready for Launch

Drew Brockington/Little, Brown

As the CATSUP rocket stands on the launchpad ready to send the CatStronauts to the moon, one crewmember indulges in a little last-minute snack.

CatStronaut Training

Drew Brockington/Little, Brown

Just like real, human astronauts, these felines have to complete rigorous training before blasting off into space.

Working Up an Appetite

Drew Brockington/Little, Brown

Waffles, the mission pilot, is the hungriest space cat in the CatStronauts crew.

Simulating G-Forces

Drew Brockington/Little, Brown

To prepare for the high levels of acceleration they'll experience during launch, the CatStronauts go through high-g training (just like astronauts on Earth).

Mission Control

Drew Brockington/Little, Brown

The CatStronauts' mission control room looks a lot like NASA's historic mission control center in Houston.

To the Mewn!

Drew Brockington/Little, Brown

The CatStronauts' cat-shaped spaceship is successfully en route to the moon.

Extravehicular Cat-ivity

Drew Brockington/Little, Brown

When the spaceship's navigation system stops working, the CatStronauts suit up and head outside to investigate the problem.

Houston, We Have a Hairball

Drew Brockington/Little, Brown

The CatStronauts inadvertently get locked out of the spacecraft during their spacewalk.

Book 1: Mission Moon

"CatStronauts: Mission Moon" (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2017) is now available. Buy it on Amazon.

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Hanneke Weitering

Hanneke Weitering is an editor at Space.com with 10 years of experience in science journalism. She has previously written for Scholastic Classroom Magazines, MedPage Today and The Joint Institute for Computational Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. After studying physics at the University of Tennessee in her hometown of Knoxville, she earned her graduate degree in Science, Health and Environmental Reporting (SHERP) from New York University. Hanneke joined the Space.com team in 2016 as a staff writer and producer, covering topics including spaceflight and astronomy. She currently lives in Seattle, home of the Space Needle, with her cat and two snakes. In her spare time Hanneke likes to explore the Rocky Mountains, basking in nature and looking for dark skies to gaze at the cosmos.