Daring Dozen: The Twelve Who Walked on the Moon

Daring Dozen: The Twelve Who Walked on the Moon


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A gorgeous introduction to the twelve brave men who have left footprints on the moon, just in time to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the first lunar landing.

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong took one small step and made history. Over the course of the next three-and-a-half years, twelve lunar explorers, including Alan Shepard and Gene Cernan, touched down on the moon's surface. Author and engineer Suzanne Slade reveals how the Apollo missions (1969-1972) built upon one another and led to important discoveries about our nearest neighbor in space. Back matter includes an afterword by Alan Bean (1932-2018), the fourth person to walk on the moon.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580897730
Publisher: Charlesbridge
Publication date: 03/05/2019
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 376,469
Product dimensions: 10.10(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 5 - 9 Years

About the Author

Suzanne Slade is a mechanical engineer who worked on Delta IV rockets for NASA. She has written more than one hundred children's books, including Dangerous Jane; Out of School and Into Nature: The Anna Comstock Story; The Inventor's Secret: What Thomas Edison Told Henry Ford; Friends for Freedom: The Story of Susan B. Anthony & Frederick Douglass; and The House That George Built. Suzanne lives near Chicago.

Alan Marks has been fascinated by space since watching the Apollo moon missions as a child. He is now the illustrator of many books for children, including The People of the Town, High Tide for Horseshoe Crabs, Behold the Beautiful Dung Beetle, Little Lost Bat, A Mother's Journey, and Storm, winner of the Carnegie Medal. www.marksonpaper.co.uk

Read an Excerpt

On the still, silent moon,no wind blows. No water flows. No life grows. Year after year the moon circles Earth. All alone.

Until one day a spacecraft zooms by. Closer. And closer. Its long legs reach down. Finally it touches the ground.

A man carefully places his boot on the gray dust. “That’s one small step for man,” he says, “one giant leap for mankind.” The moon’s first visitor, Neil Armstrong, has arrived!

Soon Buzz Aldrin joins him. The two bounce across the surface in a jog-hop moon walk. Even with heavy backpacks, the astronauts weigh much less than they do on Earth, thanks to the moon’s lower gravity. Not a minute to waste! They gather rocks, snap pictures, and proudly plant an American flag.

Then their time is up. An engine fires. Dust flies. A silvery dot disappears into the blackness. Silence, again.

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