Man on the Moon: How a Photograph Made Anything Seem Possible by Pamela Dell, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Man on the Moon: How a Photograph Made Anything Seem Possible

Man on the Moon: How a Photograph Made Anything Seem Possible

by Pamela Dell
     
 

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It is a bizarrely beautiful image: A man in a spacesuit stands isolated in an alien world. His companion, the photographer, and their landing craft are reflected in his visor. This photograph, taken by Neil Armstrong of fellow astronaut Buzz Aldrin, is the most famous documentation of America’s 1969 moon landing. But to people in every country on Earth, it

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It is a bizarrely beautiful image: A man in a spacesuit stands isolated in an alien world. His companion, the photographer, and their landing craft are reflected in his visor. This photograph, taken by Neil Armstrong of fellow astronaut Buzz Aldrin, is the most famous documentation of America’s 1969 moon landing. But to people in every country on Earth, it represented—and still does—so much more. The man in the photograph was hundreds of thousands of miles away from his home planet. He had conquered another world. It was, as Armstrong said, “a giant leap for mankind.” The photo of this historic event remains one of the most powerful and inspiring representations of the achievements of humankind.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Elizabeth D. Schafer
Photographs which Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin, Jr., took on the moon's surface in July 1969 amazed people worldwide. This "Captured History" series book focuses on the historic image Armstrong preserved of spacesuit-clad Aldrin standing on the moon, with Armstrong's reflection appearing on Aldrin's helmet visor. Readers discover how those moon pioneers shaped photographic history. The text describes cameras and film utilized on the moon, how the astronauts prepared to operate that equipment, and photographic trends occurring as a result of lunar photography. Armstrong's original photograph of Aldrin and an altered image of it are shown, explaining why that picture was edited for distribution. This book addresses conspiracy theories the moon landing was faked, examining how skeptics interpreted photographs' details. The photograph's enduring appeal is emphasized, noting popular culture appropriation of that image. Although pre-moon landing achievements by American and Soviet astronauts during the space race are noted, the text does not remark regarding use of still and video cameras on unmanned spacecraft and by astronauts on pre-moon landing missions and space photography developments afterwards. The caption for a news story about Yuri Gagarin published on a Huntsville, Alabama newspaper's front page does not indicate the significance of that community, known as Rocket City, where much of the technology to launch moon rocketry was designed and built. Included are a glossary, timeline, citations, and bibliography. Read with Edgar M. Cortright, editor, Exploring Space with a Camera (1968), and James R. Hansen's First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong (2005), which incorporates Armstrong's comments into discussion of photography documenting the first manned lunar landing. Reviewer: Elizabeth D. Schafer

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756543969
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
01/01/2011
Series:
Captured History Series
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 10.40(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
1050L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

Meet the Author


Pamela Dell began her professional career writing for adults and started writing for children about 12 years ago. Since then she has published fiction and nonfiction books, written numerous magazine articles, and created award-winning interactive multimedia.

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