40 years ago today, while millions watched from their living rooms, Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon and suddenly we had a whole new perspective on our world. We’ve come a long way since then – space shuttles and space walks and space stations – but that first step and all of the struggle and work that led up to it continues to fascinate us. The library has all kinds of books about the Apollo missions including:
Rocket Men: the Epic Story of the First Men on the Moon by Craig Nelson
Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon by Catherine Thimmesh
Moondust: in Search of the Men Who Feel to Earth by Andrew Smith
Apollo: the Epic Journey to the Moon by David West Reynolds
If you’d prefer to watch your history (and watch actual footage taken at the moon) check out these DVDs:
From the Earth to the Moon – the acclaimed HBO series co-produced by Tom Hanks.
In the Shadow of the Moon: Remember When the Whole World Looked Up – original NASA film footage and interviews with surviving astronauts recall this epic chapter in American history.
The Right Stuff – fictionalized account of the early Apollo missions brings a very human face to the science and technology.