Neil Armstrong: One Giant Leap for Mankind (Sterling Biographies Series)

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Neil Armstrong was America’s rocket man, the first person to set foot on the moon and turn science fiction into amazing reality. Award-winning authors Tara Dixon-Engel and Mike Jackson tell the fascinating story of how Armstrong went where no one had gone before, leaving his mark on the powdery surface of another world.
Even at an age when other boys were just learning to drive, Neil was training to reach the skies. He went on to study aeronautical engineering, win medals as a ...
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Overview

Neil Armstrong was America’s rocket man, the first person to set foot on the moon and turn science fiction into amazing reality. Award-winning authors Tara Dixon-Engel and Mike Jackson tell the fascinating story of how Armstrong went where no one had gone before, leaving his mark on the powdery surface of another world.
Even at an age when other boys were just learning to drive, Neil was training to reach the skies. He went on to study aeronautical engineering, win medals as a fighter pilot, try out the X-15 experimental rocket plane, and become one of the elite few chosen to be a NASA astronaut…where he took the test pilot’s credo of “higher, faster and farther” to thrilling heights.
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Children's Literature - Laura J. Brown
Several biographies have been written about the courageous astronaut Neil Armstrong. What makes this one unique is that it is engaging and will be enjoyed by young adult readers. In this biography, readers will learn much more about the boy that became the first man to walk on the moon. Neil Armstrong had a passion for flying at a very young age. He grew up during the Great Depression, fell in love with flying, and worked several odd jobs to buy model planes and to take flying lessons. He also worked hard to become an Eagle Scout. Neil was not like the other boys his age, at 16 instead of getting his driver's license, he earned his pilot license. He not only wanted to know how to fly a plane, but how to design one as well, so he built his own wind tunnel and later in life attended college to earn a degree in engineering. Neil's knowledge and passion for flying helped him and countless others during the Korean War, where he served as a pilot, and also led him to NASA, where he trained to become an astronaut. Readers may be surprised to learn that the first man to walk on the moon did not initially want to be an astronaut. Readers will enjoy this book and see that Neil Armstrong is not just a person in history, but a real person that has had to deal with real life issues just like they do, but he did not allow the difficulties in life to stop him from reaching his goals. The book includes many text features such as bold font for vocabulary words that are found in the glossary, a time line of Neil's life, and an extensive index. This book is excellent for research or recreational reading. Reviewer: Laura J. Brown
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402744969
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 8/5/2008
  • Series: Sterling Biographies Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 297,791
  • Age range: 10 - 12 Years

Table of Contents


Introduction: From Fiction to Reality     1
Beautiful Ohio     2
A Flying Boilermaker     11
Higher, Faster, Farther     18
Triumph and Tragedy     28
Up in the Air     37
Astronaut!     43
Project Gemini Begins     52
Into Space     59
Apollo Begins     68
Reaching for the Moon     74
Launch Time     82
The Eagle Has Landed     90
We Came in Peace     97
Rocket Man     110
Glossary     118
Bibliography     118
Source Notes     119
Image Credits     122
About the Authors     122
Index     123
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