Mission Control, This Is Apollo: The Story of the First Voyages to the Moon (Hardcover)

The Story of the First Voyages to the Moon

By Andrew L. Chaikin, Alan Bean (Illustrator), Victoria Kohl

Viking Children's Books, 9780670011568, 114pp.

Publication Date: May 28, 2009



July 20, 1969, marked one of the climactic moments in our history?the day Apollo 11 landed on the moon. But it is only one piece of a magnificent story. "Mission Control, This Is Apollo," by the acclaimed Andrew Chaikin (author of "A Man on the Moon," basis of the HBO miniseries "From the Earth to the Moon"), recounts space history from the Mercury missions through Apollo 17 and beyond. It is illustrated with stunning full-color paintings by astronaut Alan Bean, who walked on the moon with Pete Conrad on Apollo 12 and has devoted his post-NASA life to creating art. Handsome, informative, and dramatic, this is no textbook?it is the tale of humankind's greatest adventure in the last frontier: space.

About the Author

Andrew Chaikin is the author of the acclaimed "A Man on the Moon" and several other books about space. He is a commentator for NPR s "Morning Edition" and had appeared on "Good Morning America, Nightline, Fresh Air," and "Talk of the Nation.""

Praise For Mission Control, This Is Apollo: The Story of the First Voyages to the Moon

A beautiful, insightful, and highly readable presentation of the Apollo missions. Booklist, starred review

They effectively highlight the Apollo program's magnificent achievements, as well as its moments of tension and tragedy. Supplemented with an admixture of photos and labeled diagrams, the large-scale art adds a dazzling visual element to this grand commemoration. School Library Journal, starred review

This unique portrait of the Apollo voyages is a remarkable combination of intimate details of the space flights, historical and scientific details about the missions, and paintings by one of the astronauts. The extended introduction presents the mindset of America after Sputnik that set the stage for America’s space program. Students will delight in details such as toilet procedures, meals, and clothing for moon walking. VOYA, starred review