On the 20th July 1969 Neil Armstrong would do something that no human had done previously, he would step foot onto the Moon. This superbly illustrated read details the Apollo missions and is a wonderful account of what thousands of brilliant minds were able to achieve through perseverance, collaboration and hard-work.
Told across ten chapters, the story of the seven different Apollo missions unfold and feature the men, the magical moments and what was learnt each time space and the Moon were explored. Discover the great risks that those who went into space faced, the incredible rewards for taking those risks and uncover what happened when things went wrong.
Get a fascinating insight into what the astronauts felt the first time they stepped onto the Moon and what it was like to look back at Earth. All the training in the world couldn’t prepare the astronauts for what they would experience when they were on the Moon and many were overcome with emotions ranging from tears to giggles - with one crew getting a little too excited and needing to be ‘told off’ by mission control!
Readers will be intrigued to learn about some of the more unusual things that have been taken into space, including one that that was secretly snook on board by a mischievous spaceman. It wasn’t all work on the Moon and several astronauts found time to do some relaxing and enjoy a bit of sport…anyone for golf or a spot of lunar go-karting?
Brief biographies of the astronauts at the back of the book make for an informative read and it is interesting to learn about the backgrounds of the astronauts and what they did pre and post their missions to the moon. A delightful timeline details the history of space exploration from April 1961 through to 2012 and a brief glossary of key words is a nice addition.
Filled with facts, and quotes and stories from the people that were there, this is a beautifully presented book that is produced on quality paper with pages that will stand up to endless hours of exploration.
Recommended for 8+.