Read the first chapters of the book, from the opening chapter "January 1999--Rocket Summer" to the end of the chapter "April 2000--The Third Expedition."
You may want to point out to students as they read that they will notice that the chapters are not numbered but are designed with a date and a title.
Common Core Objectives
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.1 Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.3 Analyze how and why individuals, events, or ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.