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Home on the Moon: Living on a Space Frontier

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A former NASA mission controller with firsthand knowledge of the space program combines a vivid description of humankind's race to the moon with a detailed vision of the moon as our next frontier. Full-color illustrations.

Considers the moon as a frontier that has been only partially explored, looking at its history, geography, and weather, as well as what people would require to live and work there. Includes activities.

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Overview

A former NASA mission controller with firsthand knowledge of the space program combines a vivid description of humankind's race to the moon with a detailed vision of the moon as our next frontier. Full-color illustrations.

Considers the moon as a frontier that has been only partially explored, looking at its history, geography, and weather, as well as what people would require to live and work there. Includes activities.

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The author, a former Mission Controller for NASA, allows her fascination with space exploration to shine through while she draws readers into the excitement of the Apollo 8 crew's journey for man's first close-up view of the moon. That was in 1969; in 1972 Apollo 17 was the last manned flight to visit the moon. What would it be like to build an outpost on the gray lunar surface and live on the moon? Youngsters should find this book appealing and those with an interest in space will be engrossed with the details of the geology and atmosphere of the moon and the ways in which it would be made habitable for human beings. Instructions given for various related activities include those for making "edible" moon rocks. A listing of the men who orbited or visited the moon during the Apollo era appears in the back of the book along with a glossary, a listing of facts and resources for further study. 2003, National Geographic Society,
— Carolyn Mott Ford
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-A former NASA Mission Controller turns real-estate agent, of sorts, in this engaging look at the Moon's history, resources, and potential as a site for future colonization. After hitching a vicarious ride aboard Apollo 8, Dyson delves into the Moon's origins, explains which resources future settlers will find and which they will need to bring with them, describes the difficulties of the journey there, and offers general suggestions about colony design. Enhanced by plenty of big, clear, color photos and artists' conceptions; four low-tech science activities; and fact summaries about the Moon and the Apollo program, this title should not only be popular for reports, but is also apt to inspire a yen in more than a few young readers to walk where the astronauts walked.-John Peters, New York Public Library Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792271932
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 3/4/2003
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.51 (w) x 11.18 (h) x 0.43 (d)

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Marianne J. Dyson
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2003

    To infinity and beyond!

    As a Media Specialist of an elementary school I highly suggest this book as a great read and tool for the classroom.Dyson continues to engage us with non-fiction options in her new book. I am still reeling from the idea of one day humans will live on the moon. She includes facts, renderings and futuristic plans that will make any reader young or old understand the moon as an outpost.

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