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In honour of the 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking Apollo 11 mission, this lavishly illustrated book — featuring stunning images and previously unpublished documents — tells the incredible story of the first men on the moon. Acclaimed science author Rod Pyle (Missions to the Moon) returns with a beautiful and insightful book commemorating the Apollo 11 mission.
First to the Moon tells the incredible story of Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins with compelling firsthand accounts and a strong, suspenseful narrative. Pyle spent years combing NASA archives and private collections for memorabilia from the mission, including previously unpublished materials. With everything from accessible explanations of technical problems to reproductions of the original 1969 documents, this gorgeously designed volume fully immerses the reader in the Space Age.
About the Author
Rod Pyle is a prolific science writer and historian who has written extensively on the US space program, including several Sterling titles (Missions to the Moon, 2009; Blueprint for a Battlestar, 2016). He works as a writer for the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and is a frequent speaker at science and technology conferences. He has researched the Apollo landing extensively, and has created an experiential learning program based on the leadership and management of the Apollo project for the Johnson Space Center.
Pyle has written and produced numerous science documentaries, including Modern Marvels: Apollo 11, for the History Channel. He has made numerous media appearances, including for PBS, NPR, and the Washington Post, and is a frequent contributor to Space, LiveScience, NBC News Online, Yahoo News, the Huffington Post, and more. Pyle is the senior editor for Ad Astra, a publication of the National Space Society.
"Packed with archival images and documents, some of them previously unpublished, this book includes a foreword by Buzz Aldrin. It's . . . gift-appropriate . . . and covers the mission from start to finish. Pyle has written several books on space exploration and is also the author of The Apollo Missions (Carlton, Sept.), which annotates first-person accounts from astronauts across the Apollo program." --Publishers Weekly
"Rare memorabilia nerd? Science author Rod Pyle spent years combing NASA archives and private collections for memorabilia from the Apollo 11 mission. First on the Moon: The Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Experience . . . brings us rarely seen archival images, as well as photo-compositions previously not available online, here for the first time color corrected and assembled into their originally intended montage format. In addition, the book is foreworded by Buzz Aldrin and includes never-before-published interviews with the children of Aldrin and of Armstrong." --PopScienceBookClub.com
"Looking for an Apollo coffee-table book that's more than just pretty pictures? Rod Pyle combines the iconic images of the Space Age with facsimiles of historic documents (including the statement that President Richard Nixon would have issued if the Apollo 11 astronauts didn't survive). Pyle weaves a narrative that takes the Apollo 11 story up to the present, supplemented by moonwalker Buzz Aldrin's foreword." --Geekwire.com
". . . combines firsthand accounts of the mission, archival photos, reproductions of mission documents and more to tell the story of the Apollo program, the technology created to make it happen and the forces driving it. The book also features exclusive interviews with adult children of the Apollo 11 astronauts. Experienced space writer (and Space.com contributor) Rod Pyle weaves it all together with a deft hand to tell the story of an era." --Space.com