Moonbound: Apollo 11 and the Dream of Spaceflight

Moonbound: Apollo 11 and the Dream of Spaceflight


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On a summer night in 1969, two men climbed down a ladder onto a sea of dust at the edge of an ancient dream. When Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin first set foot on lunar soil, the moon ceased to be a place of mystery and myth. It became a destination.

Now, on the fiftieth anniversary of that journey, Moonbound tells the monumental story of the moon and the men who went there first. With vibrant images and meticulous attention to detail, Jonathan Fetter-Vorm conjures the long history of the visionaries, stargazers, builders, and adventurers who sent Apollo 11 on its legendary voyage.

From the wisdom of the Babylonians to the intrigues of the Cold War, from the otherworldly discoveries of Galileo to the dark legacy of Nazi atrocities, from the exhilarating trajectories of astronauts—recounted in their own words—to the unsung brilliance of engineers working behind the scenes, Moonbound captures the grand arc of the Space Age in a graphic history of unprecedented scope and profound lyricism.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780374212452
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 06/04/2019
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 318,084
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Jonathan Fetter-Vorm is an author and illustrator. His first book, Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb, was selected by the American Library Association as a Great Graphic Novel for Teens in 2013. His Battle Lines: A Graphic History of the Civil War, coauthored with the historian Ari Kelman, was published in May 2015. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Slate, and Guernica. Fetter-Vorm lives with his wife in Montana.

Table of Contents

Foreword Michael Collins vii

I Apollo 11 2

II The Moon 12

III Eagle 24

IV Astronomers 28

V Columbia 46

VI Storytellers 50

VII Eagle 60

VIII Rockets 64

IX Eagle 90

X Satellites 94

XI Columbia 120

XII Astronauts 124

XIII Eagle 144

XIV Control 148

XV Houston 166

XVI Moonbound 170

XVII Tranquility 206

XVIII Earthbound 218

Epilogue 228

Notes 242

Acknowledgments 248

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