Here is a rare perspective on a story we only thought we knew. For Apollo 11, the first moon landing, is a story that belongs to many, not just the few and famous. It belongs to the seamstress who put together twenty-two layers of fabric for each space suit. To the engineers who created a special heat shield to protect the capsule during its fiery reentry. It belongs to the flight directors, camera designers, software experts, suit testers, telescope crew, aerospace technicians, photo developers, engineers, and navigators.
Gathering direct quotes from some of these folks who worked behind the scenes, Catherine Thimmesh reveals their very human worries and concerns. Culling NASA transcripts, national archives, and stunning NASA photos from Apollo 11, she captures not only the sheer magnitude of this feat but also the dedication, ingenuity, and perseverance of the greatest team ever—the team that worked to first put man on that great gray rock in the sky.Reviews & Features:
Publishers Weekly, Starred : "This behind-the-scenes look at the first Apollo moon landing has the feel of a public television documentary in its breadth and detail."
School Library Journal : "This dramatic account will mesmerize even readers already familiar with the event–and also leave them awed by the level of care and dedication it took to surmount so many daunting technological challenges." –SLJ
Horn Book : "Thimmesh gives names and voices to the army that got Neil Armstrong and company to the moon and back. The result is a spectacular and highly original addition to the literature of space exploration."
"Catherine Thimmesh tells us the stories of the 400,000 people it took to make...that 'one giant leap'...Their collective devotion to an exciting goal comes across strongly." - Chicago Tribune
"An edge-of-your-seat adventure...lavishly illustrated...this exhilarating book...will captivate." - Chicago Sun-Times
"Thimmesh's enthusiasm for her subject is palpable, and the sense of excitement she brings is as vital to Team Moon's success the book's very premise." - Chris Barton, authorReading level: Ages 9-12
Hardcover: 80 pages
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin (June 26, 2006)
Book Dimensions: 11.1 x 10.3 x 0.7 inches