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Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon | Catherine Thimmesh
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This behind-the-scenes look at the first Apollo moon landing has the feel of a public television documentary in its breadth and detail (Publishers Weekly, starred review). Here is a rare perspective on a story we only thought we knew. For Apollo 11, the first moon landing, is a story that belongs to many, not just the few and famous. It belongs to the seamstress who put together twenty-two layers of fabric for each space suit. To the engineers who created a special heat shield to protect the capsule during its fiery reentry. It belongs to the flight directors, camera designers, software experts, suit testers, telescope crew, aerospace technicians, photo developers, engineers, and navigators. Gathering direct quotes from some of these folks who worked behind the scenes, Catherine Thimmesh reveals their very human worries and concerns. Culling NASA transcripts, national archives, and stunning NASA photos from Apollo 11, she captures not only the sheer magnitude of this feat but also the dedication, ingenuity, and perseverance of the greatest team everthe team that worked to first put man on that great gray rock in the sky. Winner of the Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award An edge-of-your-seat adventure . . . Lavishly illustrated . . . This exhilarating book . . . will captivate. Chicago Sun-Times Thimmesh gives names and voices to the army that got Neil Armstrong and company to the moon and back. The result is a spectacular and highly original addition to the literature of space exploration. The Horn Book This beautiful and well-documented tribute will introduce a new generation to that triumphant time. Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
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ImperfectCJ
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A quick, accessible look at the complexity of planning the first manned mission to the moon. There's not much more to say about this one, really.

My son and I read this one for Build Your Library curriculum Level 6.

cozypunk An excellent follow-up book would be Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11. The illustrations are incredible! 1y
ImperfectCJ @dandy.punk Thanks for the recommendation! 1y
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Lf196117

We didn't worry too much until the guys on the moon started jumping up and down.

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Lf196117

The visuals in this book are hard to pass by. This boo should be in every classroom, even if your children can't read.

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Though real life images and visuals, this book wonderfully explains how 400,000 people worked together to make the Apollo 11 land on the moon. It's very interesting to look through this book as see the stress on people's faces and amazement in others faces when the rocket actually launched into space.