The Man Who Went to the Far Side of the Moon: The Story of Apollo 11 Astronaut Michael Collins

The Man Who Went to the Far Side of the Moon: The Story of Apollo 11 Astronaut Michael Collins

by Bea Uusma Schyffert
     
 

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Do you know the story of Michael Collins, the Apollo 11 astronaut who went all the way to the moon but never walked on its surface? Instead, he orbited the moon 14 times, surrounded by 701 power switches and 20 pounds of checklists. Reminiscent of a scrapbook, this extraordinary book chronicles what Michael Collins did, saw, and thought about in space. Through… See more details below

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Do you know the story of Michael Collins, the Apollo 11 astronaut who went all the way to the moon but never walked on its surface? Instead, he orbited the moon 14 times, surrounded by 701 power switches and 20 pounds of checklists. Reminiscent of a scrapbook, this extraordinary book chronicles what Michael Collins did, saw, and thought about in space. Through fascinating facts, quotes, checklists, original drawings, and photos taken both in space and on Earth, it also tells how the astronauts prepared for their historic journey, what they brought with them, and what they left behind.

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Publishers Weekly
The story of the first lunar landing unfolds from an unexpected perspective in The Man Who Went to the Far Side of the Moon: The Story of Apollo 11 Astronaut Michael Collins by Bea Uusma Schyffert. While Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon, Collins maintained control of the command module, orbiting the moon 14 times. Featuring an eye-catching design and foil jacket, this book includes facts, checklists, personal notes and photos taken from Earth and from space, revealing what Collins saw, did and thought about during Apollo 11's historic mission. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
This book has great visual appeal, beginning with its shiny metallic cover and extending to its eclectic contents. While most kids know the names of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin few can recall much about Michael Collins. He was the man who flew the command module 14 lonely times around the moon (with no communication with Earth on the dark side of the moon), while the two other astronauts garnered world recognition. The unique design of the book, fashioned to resemble a scrapbook, offers a personal look at the man and the mission. Photos, drawings, diagrams, a reproduction of Collins' checklist, and his own handwritten observations are filled with fascinating details. It is amazing to learn that the checklists weighed 20 lbs, that Collins had to make 850 computer commands before Armstrong and Aldrin could take off from the moon, that inside a space suit it is so quiet the astronaut can hear his own muscles flexing, that an item left on the moon will stay in the same place forever as there is no wind to blow it away, and that the astronauts returning from the moon smelled like spent gunpowder, the smell of the moon. On his return to Earth, the quiet rose gardener never went back into space but celebrated the fact that he was along for "99% of the voyage." The imaginative design will catch the reader's eye but once inside the pages of this book he will come to respect and admire this unassuming hero. 2003 (1999), Chronicle Books, Ages 8 to 12.
— Beverley Fahey
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-Incorporating journal notes, scientist checklists, and family pictures, the author describes the sights, sounds, tastes, and smells of one man's extraterrestrial experience. An engaging text, quirky drawings, and unusual book design add up to a stellar excursion. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811840071
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
07/28/2003
Pages:
80
Sales rank:
435,551
Product dimensions:
6.87(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.63(d)
Lexile:
850L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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