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Title:
Apollo to the moon: a history in 50 objects
ISBN:
9781426219931
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Publication Information:
Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, [2018]

©2018
Physical Description:
303 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Contents:
Plaque: Wright Brothers' airplane and Apollo 11 -- The early days -- New challenges -- The assembly -- Liftoff! -- In flight -- Moonwalking -- Lunar science -- Overcoming catastrophe -- Return to Earth -- Apollo time line.
Summary:
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of NASA's Apollo missions to the moon, this narrative uses key artifacts from the Smithsonian archives to tell the story of the groundbreaking space exploration program. Bold photographs, fascinating graphics, and engaging stories commemorate NASA's Apollo program to reach the moon. From the lunar rover and an emergency oxygen mask to space food and moon rocks, each article is accompanied by intriguing back stories and profiles of key participants. Throughout, Muir-Harmony tells the story of people who made the journey possible: the heroic astronauts as well as newspeople, NASA scientists, President John F. Kennedy, and many more. -- adapted from publisher's info
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Bold photographs, fascinating graphics, and engaging stories commemorate the 20th century's most important space endeavor- NASA's Apollo program to reach the moon. From the lunar rover and a survival kit to space food and moon rocks, it's a carefully curated array of objects--complete with intriguing back stories and profiles of key participants.

This book showcases the historic space exploration program that landed humans on the moon, advanced the world's capabilities for space travel, and revolutionized our sense of humanity's place in the universe. Each historic accomplishment is symbolized by a different object, from a Russian stamp honoring Yuri Gagarin and plastic astronaut action figures to the Apollo 11 command module, piloted by Michael Collins as Armstrong and Aldrin made the first moonwalk, together with the monumental art inspired by these moon missions. Throughout, Apollo to the Moon also tells the story of people who made the journey possible- the heroic astronauts as well as their supporters, including President John F. Kennedy, newsman Walter Cronkite, and NASA scientists such as Margaret Hamilton.


Author Notes

TEASEL E. MUIR-HARMONY, curator at the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum, is a distinguished scholar of space history. She earned a Ph.D. from MIT, writing a dissertation on the political implications of the Apollo program. She has published more than a dozen articles and book reviews, and has presented internationally on various topics in the cultural history of 20th-century space science.


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Booklist Review

This unique approach to the Apollo missions focuses on the tangible as a portal to the experiences and legacy of those daring space journeys. Muir-Harmony, a curator at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, informs readers that her institution has collected thousands of evocative objects that reveal Apollo's complex tangle of technological, political, cultural, and social dimensions. Fifty artifacts are showcased in this welcoming volume, from the intimate, a razor and shaving cream, to the enormous, Apollo 11 F-1 engine parts. Each object is accompanied by a description and story that will enlighten both readers versed in Apollo lore and those new to the subject. Muir-Harmony establishes the significance and power of artifacts by beginning with the pieces of Kittyhawk, the Wright brothers' plane, which Neil Armstrong took to the moon. Here, too, are space capsules and a space suit, a much-handled command-module operations checklist, a lunar-rover wheel, and the small-scale lunar-rover model Walter Cronkite used on-air to explain the mission. This clever and intriguing artifact key to Apollo makes the legendary missions feel human and freshly astonishing.--Donna Seaman Copyright 2018 Booklist