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What you will—and won't—find in this book.
For aspiring young scientists, there are a number of experiments that reflect problems encountered and solved by the NASA team. Use a bicycle wheel to learn how a gyroscope works to keep a platform stable and cardboard, aluminum foil and ice cubes to see how engineers slowed down thermal radiation. An experiment with soda bottles and water helps readers understand how they solved "sloshing" in the fuel tanks and keeping those tanks pressurized. There's also list and brief descriptions of all the Apollo Piloted Missions from Apollo 7 to Apollo 17.
A diverse team of men and women with vision, imagination, and a determination can solve the most challenging and complex problems and accomplish extraordinary things.
Positive Role Models
It's not just astronauts who are role models in this story. The NASA team that took them to the moon included immigrant scientists like Egyptian born geologist Farouk El-Baz, who helped identify the best landing spot on the Moon. A brilliant group of African American women made calculations for the trajectory and landing (Hidden Figures). Project Engineer Dottie Lee helped design the heat shield on the Command Module and Eleanor Foraker led the team of skilled seamstresses who sewed (much of it by hand) each of the Apollo spacesuits. The author also makes certain readers appreciate the contribution of the thousands of welders and construction workers who made the Moon landing possible.
Violence & Scariness
Three astronauts die in a fire (not described) while testing a Command Module for the Moon landing.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that John Rocco's How We Got to the Moon: The People, Technology, and Daring Feats of Science Behind Humanity's Greatest Adventure is an inspiring, lavishly illustrated, and information-packed look at how an extraordinary team of scientists, engineers, mathematicians, construction workers, and even seamstresses worked together to land the first man on the Moon. Beginning with the earliest days of the space programs in the United StateS and Russia, the book uses detailed and brilliantly colored diagrams and drawings to take readers through designing the Saturn V rocket, building a Launch Vehicle, spacecraft, and Lunar Module and finally, the journey to, landing on, and return from the Moon. If the hand-drawn illustrations have a familiar look to readers, author Rocco illustrated the covers for Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series.
Is It Any Good?
This thrilling, information-packed scientific adventure story is brought vividly to life through pages filled with detailed and boldly colored drawings and diagrams. How We Got to the Moon isn't just for aspiring young scientists, the story is captivatingly told and the profiles of the men and women who worked on the moon landing are sure to inspire any young reader looking for role models with the determination and vision to imagine great things.
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