Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Mission Control, This is Apollo: The Story of the First Voyages to the Moon

Based on interviews with 28 astronauts, this history of the Apollo program masterfully describes the missions and personalizes them with astronauts' own words. --Kirkus

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

Product Description
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 lives in Arlington, Vermont.
Alan Bean lives in Houston, Texas.