From the seamstresses who wove the multi-layered materials for the spacesuits, to the computer experts who designed and tested the flight software, the combined efforts of many little-known heroes helped make this monumental endeavor a success.
Based on NASA transcripts and national archives, this 2007 ALA Best Book for Young Adults by Catherine Thimmesh received starred reviews from both Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews.
©2006 Catherine Thimmesh; (P)2008 Recorded Books, LLC
I'll start by saying that Team Moon is definitely a kids book. I was hoping for something much more in depth. This wasn't really a book about how we managed to do it, but it was more a book about the timeline with some basically laid out details. The book basically reads out how the synopsis for the book is written, just lacking depth.
For example, I would've loved to hear about what they actually *did* on the moon. But that wasn't even covered. There was no mention about the previous missions.
That said, it was enjoyable after about half-way through during the climax of the narrative; I even got a little teary eyed thinking of it all. But to be honest, if I were a kid, I'd still think there just weren't enough details!
Ah well, it's a nice listen for anyone who doesn't already know the story, and probably great for the under 10 year olds who want to know about the moon.
I've read many books on space exploration and have noticed an all too common error that faces this book and others. Seeing has how some might find it offensive, I offer this correction here in hopes that future versions/books are corrected.
At MOCR (Mission Operations Control Room), what is commonly called "mission control" there are many controllers, all of whom have titles and shorthand abbreviations. For instance, "CapCom" would be the capsule communicator (the guy who talks to the spacecraft), "booster" the person responsible for the launch vehicle, "FIDO" (pronounced like the dog's name) who is the flight dynamics officer. Well, one of the positions is that of the guidance officer. His call-sign is "GUIDO". It should be pronounced "Guide-Oh" and not (as this and other books do) "Guido" as in a disparaging term for someone of Italian descent.
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