How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon
By Catherine Thimmesh
(Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, Library Binding, 9780618507573, 80pp.)
Publication Date: June 2006
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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.
Catherine Thimmesh is the Sibert Medal-winning author of Team Moon. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her family.
"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
"This beautiful and well-documented tribute will introduce a new generation to that triumphant time." Kirkus Reviews, Starred
"This dramatic account will mesmerize even readers already familiar with the event–and also leave them awed by the level of care and dedication it took to surmount so many daunting technological challenges." –SLJ School Library Journal
"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." Horn Book
"Catherine Thimmesh tells us the stories of the 400,000 people it took to make...that 'one giant leap'...Their collective devotion to an exciting goal comes across strongly." - Chicago Tribune
"Kids...probably feel they know quite a bit about the first manned moon landing. But until they've read Thimmesh's breathless behind-the-scenes account, they know zip." -Starred Review Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"An edge-of-your-seat adventure...lavishly illustrated...this exhilarating book...will captivate." - Chicago Sun-Times
"Thimmesh's enthusiasm for her subject is palpable, and the sense of excitement she brings is as vital to Team Moon's success the book's very premise." - Chris Barton, author