Monday, July 22, 2013

Flying to the Moon: An Astronaut's Story Book Review

Flying to the Moon: An Astronaut’s Story by Michael Collins was a fun read.  Be warned, it is a book written for older children and adolescents.  Collins does a nice job of explaining some of the science for readers who may not be familiar with the concepts.  He also is careful to write in an easy to read and fun tone.

Perhaps one of the things I liked the most about this book was that it told the rest of the story of the Lunar Landing.  Most people are very familiar with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin and their role in the Apollo 11 mission.  Not as many people, me included, know about Michael Collins’ role.  To put it short and sweet, he was the one who stayed aboard Apollo 11 and picked Aldrin and Armstrong up after their moon walk.  But, life aboard Apollo 11 while the others were on the moon was not as easy as one might assume.  Don’t worry.  I won’t spoil the surprise for you.

While this is technically a children’s book, I’d recommend it to most people.  Collins gives the reader a great history lesson without the reader ever realizing it until the book is over.  Check it out, it’s worth it!

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