Countdown 2979 Days to the Moon

Countdown 2979 Days to the Moon

On July 20,  1969 a team of three American astronauts on Apollo 11 made history by landing on the moon.  We know the names of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins.  This is the picture of the rest of the 400,000 man/woman team who made this landing successful.

Using a mixture of fact and free verse, the journey to the liftoff comes to life.  Written by a mechanical engineer,  the book is filled with technical details balanced by photographs of the beyond dedicated individuals who contributed their excellence to this risky and formidable endeavor.

Perfect for middle schoolers and beyond who want to know what it takes, the how-to, of taking a big scientific risk and creating a triumph not to be forgotten.

Recommended by:  Barb Langridge,

144 pages             978-1682630136           Ages 10-14



Powerful free verse and stunning illustrations tell the true story of the American effort to land the first man on the Moon. In 1961, President John F. Kennedy announced that the United States would try to land a man on the Moon by the end of the decade. During the two thousand nine hundred and seventy-nine days following his speech, eighteen astronauts climbed into spaceships; three of them died before even leaving the ground. Eight rockets soared into space. And four hundred thousand people―engineers, technicians, scientists, mathematicians, and machinists―joined Project Apollo in hopes of making the dream a reality. Award-winning author and former mechanical engineer Suzanne Slade joins up with New York Times best-selling illustrator Thomas Gonzalez to tell the powerful story of the successes, failures, triumphs, tragedies, and lessons from Apollos 1 through 10 that led to the first Moon landing.

*2018 Junior Library Guild Selection

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