Friday, July 20, 2012

A Moonwalk to Remember

On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 landed on the moon. Are you old enough to remember astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin ("Buzz") Aldrin, Jr. bouncing among lunar craters and Armstrong saying, "One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind"?

Young readers will enjoy Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11. They’ll read about the equipment, the roar of the rockets, and then the incredible silence of the moon. Be sure to pay attention to the endpapers in this book—they’re unusually informative. Slightly older children might want to pick up Andrew Chaikin’s Mission Control, This is Apollo: The Story of the First Voyages to the Moon. This book is illustrated with paintings by astronaut and artist Alan Bean, who became the fourth man to walk on the moon.

Adults can find several biographies on Apollo astronauts in our collection, or turn to a nonfiction title such as Apollo: the Race to the Moon, Charles Murray’s classic recounting of how the U.S. got to the moon. This book focuses on the many many people who were involved in making the space program successful. Before ever beginning his mission, Neil Armstrong stressed the importance of that teamwork, saying "It will not be one man going to the Moon… it will be an entire nation. For all of us must work to put him there."

If you love all things space, check out our materials on this historic event. Whether you read a book or ebook, watch a movie, or listen to a CD, you’re bound to learn something about the Apollo missions that will surprise you. For instance, did you know that the total lunar rock samples from the Apollo missions weighed nearly 900 lbs.?

Beat the summer heat by taking a very long distance trip in your mind.

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