You Wouldn't Want to Be on Apollo 13!: A Mission You'd Rather Not Go On

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This fascinating book recounts the details from the fateful 1970 Apollo 13 mission. Its mission, to land on the Fra Mauro hills of the moon, seemed fraught with misfortune almost from the beginning due to an outbreak of measles and a problem with one of the rocket engines during launch. The author actually puts you right in the middle of all this action as he has you pretend you are one of the astronauts on Apollo 13. The author does a marvelous job of allowing you to enter this world by presenting highly sophisticated scientific information in a readable manner and in concise, colorful chapters. "Launch Day," for example, provides details about the sequence of events that take the astronauts from their wake-up call to their seats inside the spacecraft. In "Houston, We've Had a Problem" the author sequences the specifics of the disaster that struck the spacecraft in 6 easy-to-follow steps. The accompanying cartoon-like illustrations-full of expressive characters, speech bubbles, and informative labels-help bring the concepts to life. Additionally, the delightful "Handy Hints" in each chapter offer advice to budding astronauts, such as sneeze before you put your space helmet on and try not to fall over on the moon (you wouldn't be able to rise). A glossary and index appear at the end. 2003, Franklin Watts/Scholastic, Ages 8 to 11.
— Michele Coulombe
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780531166505
  • Publisher: Scholastic Library Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/1/2003
  • Series: You Wouldn't Want to Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 622,321
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.04 (w) x 6.26 (h) x 0.28 (d)

Meet the Author

Ian Graham
Ian Graham is an experienced author of illustrated nonfiction books on a wide range of topics, including aviation and spaceflight. In 25 years, he has written more than 200 books and numerous magazine articles.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 5
Practice Makes Perfect 6
The Apollo Spacecraft 8
Launch Day 10
Liftoff! 12
Goodbye Earth 14
Living in a Tin Can 16
Houston, We've Had a Problem 18
Failure Is Not an Option 20
Cold, Wet, and Stuffy 22
Lost Mission 24
Going Home 26
Down to Earth 28
Glossary 30
Index 32
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