This excerpt is from Loretta Hall's new children's book, Miguel & Michelle Visit Spaceport America, for ages 6-10:
"You said rockets can take off here," Miguel said to the tour guide. "But I thought rockets blasted off straight up, not taking off on a runway."
"That's right. The spaceport has a vertical takeoff area too. It's about five miles southeast of here."
"What kinds of things do the rockets take to space?" Michelle asked.
"Usually two kinds of things," the tour guide answered. "Some are parts for satellites or other spaceships that the government or a company wants to test before they actually use them. Others are experiments designed and built by students so they can learn about the atmosphere or cosmic radiation and also learn about flying experiments on rockets."
"Could I send my Batman action figure for a ride?" Miguel asked.
The tour guide chuckled. "Maybe, but you would have to pay for it."