Sunday, July 12, 2009

Books on the lunar landing

Books celebrating the 40th anniversary of the first lunar landing by man:
For eons of time the moon has intrigues scientists, soothsayers and tale-tellers by its mysticism. Shakespeare was only one of many writers who linked moon with love, inspiration and the cycle of life. Children learned that a man's profile sometimes appeared in the full moon, that it could be cheese and that a cow actually jumped over it. Aztec cultures used sacrifices to keep the moon in place and the ancient Sumerians had explanations (remarkably close to the latest scientific explanations) of how the moon is formed. These ideas and many more are found in "Moon: Science, History and Mystery" by Steward Ross (Scholastic)
Other books on the moon, its history, and especially the commemoration of the 40th celebration the following books are recommended:
"Look to the Stars" by Buzz Aldrin (one of the first men to walk on the moon) (Putnam)
"One Giant Leap" Robert Burleigh (Philomel)
"Mission Control, This is Apollo: The Story of the First Voyages to the Moon" Andrew Chaikin and Victoria Kohl. Paintings by Alan Bean (Viking)
"One Small Step: Celebrating the First Man on the Moon" Jerry Stone (Roaring Brook)
"Mission to the Moon" Alan Dyer (Simon&Schuster)