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How We Got to the Moon: The People, Technology, and Daring Feats of Science Behind Humanity's Greatest Adventure

By: John Rocco

Everyone knows of Neil Armstrong’s famous first steps on the moon. But what did it really take to get us there?

The Moon landing is one of the most ambitious, thrilling, and dangerous ventures in human history. This exquisitely researched and illustrated book tells the stories of the 400,000 unsung heroes—the engineers, mathematicians, seamstresses, welders, and factory workers—and their innovations and life-changing technological leaps forward that allowed NASA to achieve this unparalleled accomplishment.

From the shocking launch of the Russian satellite Sputnik to the triumphant splashdown of Apollo 11, Caldecott Honor winner John Rocco answers every possible question about this world-altering mission. Each challenging step in the space race is revealed, examined, and displayed through stunning diagrams, experiments, moments of crisis, and unforgettable human stories

Explorers of all ages will want to pore over every page in this comprehensive chronicle detailing the grandest human adventure of all time!

Epilogue. Information about the Apollo Piloted Missions. A note about research and the artwork, with photographs. Sources. Suggestions for further reading. Commonly used acronyms during Apollo. Index. Full-color illustrations were created with pencil, watercolor, and digital painting.

ISBN: 9780525647423

JLG Release: Dec 2020

Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Project Apollo , Space flight to the moon , US space shuttle programs , Humans in space , Astronomy , Moon landings , Astronauts , Rocket science

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Awards & Honors

2020 National Book Award Longlist for Young People's Literature
2021 Sibert Honor Book
2021 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction Finalist
Publisher's Weekly Top 10 Middle Grade Books of 2020

Book Details



First Release

December 2020



Dewey Classification


Trim Size

11" x 8 1/2"

Page Count


Accelerated Reader


Scholastic Reading Counts



Level 1170L


Print Book


Library edition with trade jacket added



Potentially Sensitive Areas



Project Apollo, Space flight to the moon, US space shuttle programs, Humans in space, Astronomy, Moon landings, Astronauts, Rocket science,

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