Countdown, 2979 Days to the Moon
by Suzanne Slade, illustrated by Thomas Gonzalez
Peachtree Publishers, 2018
For readers interested in space, Countdown, documents the Apollo Project whose mission was to land a man on the moon and bring him back by the end of the 1960’s. At the time is was an outrageous dream. Two countries, the U.S. and the Soviet Union, dared to chase it.
The Apollo team had to design, build and test four new crafts: the command module, to carry the crew to the moon and back; the service module, to provide electricity, oxygen, and other supplies; the lunar module, that will land on the moon and provide a home there; and the Saturn rocket, to launch the entire mission into space.
Countdown, an oversized book filled with pictures of the dreamers, space and the technologies, captures the thrill, the tension, and the seemingly impossibility of the Apollo Project. It’s well written, well documented and may well inspire new astronauts and scientists. A perfect gift for the holidays.