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The race to space : countdown to liftoff

Author: Erik Slader; Ben Thompson; Tim Foley
Publisher: New York : Roaring Brook Press, 2018.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Elementary and junior high school : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"Today, everyone is familiar with Neil Armstrong's famous words as he first set foot on the moon: 'one small step for man; one giant leap for mankind.' He made it look easy, but America's journey to the moon was anything but simple. In 1957, when the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, the world's first satellite, into orbit, America had barely crossed the starting line of the great Space Race. Later that year, our first  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Junior
Biographies
Juvenile works
Juvenile literature
Biography Juvenile literature
Material Type: Elementary and junior high school
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Erik Slader; Ben Thompson; Tim Foley
ISBN: 9781250150615 1250150612 9781250150622 1250150620
OCLC Number: 1007750447
Description: 152 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 20 cm
Contents: Introduction: "Failure is not an option" --
It's just rocket science! --
Failure to launch --
Dawn of the atomic age --
Sputnik --
The birth of NASA --
The Mercury Seven --
Project Gemini --
A dangerous rendezvous --
Tragedy --
Apollo --
One small step, one giant leap --
We have a problem --
The final frontier.
Responsibility: Erik Slader and Ben Thompson ; illustrations by Tim Foley.

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"Today, everyone is familiar with Neil Armstrong's famous words as he first set foot on the moon: 'one small step for man; one giant leap for mankind.' He made it look easy, but America's journey to the moon was anything but simple. In 1957, when the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, the world's first satellite, into orbit, America had barely crossed the starting line of the great Space Race. Later that year, our first attempt was such a failure that the media nicknamed it 'Kaputnik.' Still, we didn't give up. With each failure, we gleaned valuable information about what went wrong, and how to avoid it in the future. So we tried again. And again. And each time we failed, we failed a little bit better"--Amazon.com.

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