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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Moon Landing: Books about the Moon

On this day in 1969, we landed on the moon. Here are some books about the traveling to the moon.

    

Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon by Catherine Thimmesh. It took a lot of people to get us to the moon-- from figuring out how to fly there and how to land once we got there, from designing and making a space suit that could withstand the unknowns of outer space, to figuring out the best way to decontaminate film and moon samples without damaging them... it's a great look at some of the problems we usually don't think about in trying to get us there.

Rocket Men: The Epic Story of the First Men on the Moon by Craig Nelson. This adult nonfiction title describes the moon journey and what it took to get there. It also uses to new, recently available sources.

Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner. In a totalitarian dystopia vaguely reminiscent of USSR, Standish doesn't quite fit in. The Motherland is engaged in a major space race, but when Standish goes over the wall to get a ball, he discovers some very big truths about what's really going on.

    

Apollo: The Epic Journey to the Moon, 1963-1972 by David West Reynolds. This book on the Apollo missions shines in its illustrations-- lots of photographs and diagrams.

Voices from the Moon: Apollo Astronauts Describe Their Lunar Experiences by Andrew Chaikin. When Chaikin wrote A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts, there was a lot of material he didn't use from all of his interviews. Chaikin turned to some of this material to use their voices to tell the story of the Apollo missions.

From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne. This sci-fi classic predates actual space travel, but imagines a bunch of bored Civil War vets trying to make a giant gun to shoot a bullet to the moon. Follow it with his story, Around the Moon.

    

Apollo 13 by Jim Lovell and Jeffry Kluger. Lovell was in charge of the Apollo 13 mission to the moon when an explosion made the astronauts evacuate to the lunar module, where they needed to come up with a solution (and fast) if they were going to have enough oxygen. Then they could try to figure out how they were going to get back home. Teens who've seen the movie will want to read the book.

Apollo: Through the Eyes of the Astronauts by Robert Jacobs. Each of the surviving Apollo astronauts chose a picture to be included in this stunning photographic collection-- the only Apollo photograph book created by NASA.

Crater by Homer Hickman. Crater is a Helium-3 miner on the moon when he's chosen to go on a dangerous mission. He has a girl, some rebellious slime-mold, and they're off on a journey across the moon. Hickman is a former coal miner and a former NASA engineer, and his expertise in both areas lends itself to this story. The first in a trilogy, follow it with Crescent.

For more space and moon books, check out our list for Christa McAuliffe Day.

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