This entry in the six-volume "History of Space Exploration" details how the Apollo program helped move the United States ahead of the Soviet Union in the goal of landing a man on the moon. Gus Grissom, Nikita Kruschev, John F. Kennedy, Neil Armstrong, Rocco Petrone (mission controller), Charles Conrad, and others are some of the key people profiled in boxed material. The harrowing story of the near failure of Apollo 13 is treated in two short paragraphs as the text goes for breadth and coverage (1957 to 1975). Extensively captioned color and black and white photos, occasional diagrams, boxed material including pocket biographies, and quotes break up the page without overwhelming the several paragraphs per heading that convey the chronology. In addition to a timeline, a glossary, bibliography, places to visit, space camps, websites, plus an index are included. 2005, World Almanac, Ages 11 to 16.
Susan Hepler, Ph.D.