One Giant Leap
Saturday, July 20, is the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11's moon landing, when Neil Armstrong uttered those now famous words "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." I've always been fascinated by NASA's early space program that aimed to fulfill President John F. Kennedy's goal of "landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth" by the end of the 1960s. If you've always wanted to learn more about this fascinating time in US history, we've got you covered with plenty of eBooks and online resources.
eBooks and eAudiobooks
Here are just a few of the eBooks available on history of the early NASA space programs:
And how about a look at the women who helped us get to the moon. They may not have walked on the moon, but we wouldn't have made it there without them.
And we've even got some eAudiobooks available:
We choose to go to the moon
- Moon Landings (US History in Context)
- Space Exploration (US History in Context)
- Moon Exploration (US History in Context)
In addition to articles, there are some excellent images, videos, and audio available, including John F. Kennedy's "We choose to go the moon" speech at Rice University and a video clip for the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing featuring Neil Armstrong's first steps on the moon.
Or if you want to learn more about the astronauts themselves or the people who worked tirelessly behind the scenes at NASA, you can find biographies available with our eResources. Here are just a few examples:
- Buzz Aldrin
- Neil Armstrong
- Michael Collins
- John Glenn
- Gus Grissom
- Margaret Hamilton
- Katherine Johnson
- Chris Kraft
- Jim Lovell
- Alan Shepard
- Deke Slayton
For Younger Readers
Here are just a few of the eBooks for young readers looking to learn more about the moon landings and the early space program:
Films and Documentaries
In addition to all those great eBooks and eAudiobooks, there are also a few documentaries available from Hoopla:
A few of my favorite books and films aren't available in eBook or eMovie format, but you can request copies to be delivered to the library branch of your choice if you'd like to try any of these as well:
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