This riveting narrative told from the astronauts’ points of view offers a unique approach to the story behind Apollo 11’s successful — though nearly disastrous — 1969 moon landing. Readers are brought along on the ride of a lifetime, as they relive every step of the mission, including the nail-biting (and relatively unknown) crucial moments when it came close to failure. From ignition to moon walk to splashdown, the story is structured in eleven exciting episodes. And, setting this book apart, each episode is linked to the innovations and discoveries from the past four centuries that made it possible — from Copernicus to Einstein, the sextant to Velcro. It’s a new perspective on an epic journey, and the science, technology, engineering and math that set it in motion! Bestselling and award-winning author Sigmund Brouwer offers children an original look at the historic feat that captivated the world in July of 1969. The information is thoroughly researched and includes NASA-sourced photographs throughout. Highly readable and with a compelling modern graphic design, this engaging book is sure to generate interest among a broad range of readers. At the same time, it’s teeming with math, engineering, science and technology lessons that give young readers the opportunity to make the connections between what they learn in school and awesome things that happened in the real world. There are strong curriculum links here, including earth and space systems, physical sciences, chemistry, math, engineering, technology and applied science, as well as history.
Writing from a compelling second-person perspective that places readers in the Apollo 11 spacecraft ("Rocket engines ignite beneath you"), Brouwer describes the journey from liftoff to moon landing and splashdown. As events unfold aboard the spacecraft, the text engages readers with problem solving: "The side of your capsule that faces the sun will get hot enough to boil your fuel tanks. On the other side, it will get cold enough to freeze the radiators solid." Throughout, Brouwer discusses the scientific and technological advancements that made the moon landing possible, while photographs show key moments. The immediacy of Brouwer's prose allows readers to step into Armstrong's boots: "When your legs are used to a far higher gravity, it feels like no work at all to walk on the moon. And you discover it's easier to use a bouncing gait, like a kangaroo hop." Ages 10 14.