Mission Control, This Is Apollo

Mission Control, This Is Apollo

The Story of the First Voyages to the Moon

Book - 2009
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July 20, 1969, marked one of the climactic moments in our history'the day Apollo 11 landed on the moon. But it is only one piece of a magnificent story. Mission Control, This Is Apollo , by the acclaimed Andrew Chaikin (author of A Man on the Moon , basis of the HBO miniseries From the Earth to the Moon ), recounts space history from the Mercury missions through Apollo 17 and beyond. It is illustrated with stunning full-color paintings by astronaut Alan Bean, who walked on the moon with Pete Conrad on Apollo 12 and has devoted his post-NASA life to creating art. Handsome, informative, and dramatic, this is no textbook'it is the tale of humankind's greatest adventure in the last frontier: space.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Group, 2009.
ISBN: 9780670011568
Branch Call Number: J 629.45 Chaikin
Characteristics: xi, 114 p. ; col. ill. : 30 cm.
Additional Contributors: Kohl, Victoria
Study Program: Accelerated Reader AR MG 8.0 5.0 130114.
Call Number: J 629.45 Chaikin


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A nice book meant for children to introduce them to the fantastic Apollo missions. I was a youngster when they were happening and when I saw that this book included many paintings by one of the Apollo astronauts (Alan Bean), I had to give it a look. I've seen some of Bean's work before and quite enjoy his unique perspectives and reflections on Apollo through his paintings. His captions tell a lot, too. Don't forget to check out the page in the back where Bean discusses the materials and methods he uses to create his paintings. It's truly unique because only a moonwalker like him would, cleverly, have access to a special ingredient or two that he adds to his works that nobody else can do.

Apollo 11 was the first time humans landed on the moon, but without the earlier Apollo missions, it would not have been possible. Subsequent missions expanded our knowledge of the moon. This title is illustrated with paintings by astronaut Alan Bean, the fourth man to walk on the moon, as well as photographs.


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