This book describes the latest and greatest record-breaking achievements here on Planet Earth and across the vast distances of space. We start with a tour of space, exploring astronomical superlatives in a chapter dedicated to the latest developments in the New Space Race. Back down to Earth, we continue our expedition, delving deep into the natural world to encounter the animal kingdom's mightiest and most bizarre beasts. We do some breath-taking birdwatching and honour history's bravest two- and four-legged heroes. Get up close and personal with the most iconic human beings - the tallest, shortest, strongest on the planet. And be amazed at the extraordinary skills on display from the jugglers, rock-climbers, freestylers and mermaids who populate the Extraordinary Exploits chapter. All this and more!