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Children's LiteratureDr. Sally K. Ride, the first woman in space, is the guide for this voyage—one that is primarily a visit to the moon. Human beings have been studying the sky for thousands of years. The Egyptians, Chinese, Babylonians, and Indians were astronomers thousands of years ago. A milestone in the human interest in space was the first moon landing in 1969. The moon is the closest celestial body to the Earth, so it was an obvious first destination for human space travel. Much preparation is required for traveling in space. Rockets need to be built, astronauts need to be trained, as well as the ground crews who manage the flights. The space age began with the launch of Sputnik 1 in 1957. Since that time there have been six manned landings on the moon. When the astronauts are in the shuttle orbiter in space, their time is very regimented. Every moment is valuable and carefully planned. Each astronaut has a special job to do for which they have trained. Each mission has different goals dictating the activities of the crew. There is time scheduled for the astronauts to look down at Earth and enjoy the view. This nice spiral-bound book is designed for heavy use and is extensively illustrated primarily with photographs. This book is part of the "Kingfisher Voyager" series. 2005, Kingfisher, Ages 8 to 12.