In his comic “Up Goer Five,” Randall Munroe labels a blueprint of NASA’s Saturn V Rocket using only the 1,000 most common English words. Today, Munroe announced he’s giving the Up-Goer-Five treatment to a range of interesting objects—like the Mars Curiosity Rover—in a new book called Thing Explainer.

Via Houghton Mifflin, here’s a look at the cover and the blueprint for Curiosity:

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Munroe describes the book, in the spirit of the book, in a recent blog post:

I had a good time drawing Up Goer Five, so I decided to draw more pictures like that and make a book of them. The book explains things, so it’s called Thing Explainer.

You can’t have Thing Explainer yet, but if you want, you can order it now, and you’ll get it about a month before the end of the year.

Touch these blue [Ed.: Ahem... *pink*] words to learn how to get Thing Explainer.

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We’re big fans of the original Up Goer Five and the spinoffs it’s inspired. A collection of large format upgoerfive-ified blueprints by Munroe sounds like just the ticket.


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