Friday, January 19, 2007
Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon by Catherine Thimmesh
It seems like nothing to us that astronauts have been to the moon, but back in 1969 it was miraculous. The whole world watched, and it was not guaranteed that the astronauts would make it back alive. Lots of books tell about the three astronauts and their experience, but no other book tells about the 400,000 other people who made it happen. This book has big, beautiful photographs of the voyage, and interviews and information about all kinds of workers--the people who sewed the space suits, designed the parachutes, created the lunar module, and programmed the computers. One really interesting part of this book is that it describes all the points when things almost went wrong. Several times they almost gave up and didn't make the landing. This is a book that's fun to browse or to read all the way through.