Saturday, July 18, 2009

Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the moon landing

On July 20, 1969, the Lunar Landing Module of the Apollo 11 mission landed on the moon and astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first human to walk on non-Terran soil. If you're fascinated by man's trip to the moon, the San Antonio Public Library can help you trace the footsteps of that historic journey.

For a look at the technology and engineering behind the project, check out the DVD series Men on the Moon.

A glimpse of the behind-the-scenes politics can be found in Piers Bizony's The Man Who Ran the Moon: James E. Webb and the Secret History of Project Apollo.

Two Mercury astronauts, Alan Shepard and Deke Slayton, offer their perspectives on the space program in Moon Shot: the Inside Story of America's Race to the Moon.

Children can learn some of the history of manned moon travel in Apollo 11: First Moon Landing by Michael D. Cole, or Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11 by Brian Floca.

Visit NASA's official website http://www.nasa.gov/ for more information on the U.S. space program.

And, of course, ask your librarian for suggestions on where to look for great reads on this fascinating subject.

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