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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.
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What's the story?
HOW WE GOT TO THE MOON begins with the first space flights in the late 1950s and early '60s (with men, a Russian women, a chimp, and dogs aboard) and the U.S.'s Mercury and Gemini space programs. The following chapters ("Designing a Rocket," "Building a Launch Vehicle," "Building a Spacecraft," "Staying Alive in Space," "Support on the Ground," and "We Choose to Go the the Moon") are filled with boldly colored illustrations and detailed diagrams: how the F-1 engine of the rocket worked, the auxiliary propulsion system, the design of the Saturn V rocket, the three-layered Apollo Spacesuit and the heat shield, even how to go to the bathroom in space. Detailed drawings take readers inside the Lunar Module, the Command Module Control Panel, and the Vehicle Assembly Building. The "We Choose to Go to the Moon" chapter features actual countdown sequences for the launch, liftoff, journey to the Moon, landing, and return to Earth. Readers will also see some of the problems faced by the team and the solutions they found: Not enough power on board to last for the eight days of the mission? Use full cells. Does the Lunar Module weigh too much? Simple, take out the seats for the astronauts.
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how the NASA team in How We Got to the Moon looked at big problems as challenges to be solved, not roadblocks. What's been the biggest or most difficult problem you've had to solve? How did you get past its "roadblock"?
The scientists and mathematicians who worked on the moon landing didn't have computers, so they used slide rules and 40-pound electromechanical calculators. How would your life change if you could no longer use a computer (and that includes your phones and tablets)?
Is there somewhere (far far away or close to home) you'd like to explore? What would you want to learn and experience while you were there?
- Author: John Rocco
- Genre: Science
- Topics: STEM, Adventures, Great Boy Role Models, Great Girl Role Models, History, Science and Nature, Space and Aliens
- Book type: Non-Fiction
- Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
- Publication date: October 6, 2020
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 10 - 16
- Number of pages: 256
- Available on: Nook, Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
- Last updated: October 20, 2020
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