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Fifty years ago, the Apollo 11 mission to the moon accomplished a major technical feat, one that was also filled with wonder and inspiration. And Brian Floca's new picture book, "Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11" (Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books, 2019), captures both aspects through beautiful illustrations. These pictures will guide young readers through everything they need to know about the moon landing, while taking them on a magical journey to the moon and back.
The first edition of the book was released in 2009, for the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11. With the 50th anniversary of the moon landing approaching, Floca expanded on the details of the mission itself and included some of the more diverse team members working on the ground to ensure the mission's success.
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The book seamlessly transports readers between the two worlds, as the team of scientists, as well as the public, eagerly anticipates the astronauts' first steps on the moon.
Related: NASA's Historic Apollo 11 Moon Landing in Pictures
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The book illustrates the Apollo 11 mission from lift off to landing.
Floca spoke to Space.com about illustrating the lunar landing and what he wanted to include in the second edition. Below are edited excerpts from the interview.
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Space.com: What first inspired you to start working on the book?
Brian Floca: It's hard to pin it on just one thing. There's the skill and steadiness of the astronauts, the ingenuity of the people who planned the missions, the incredible machinery, and maybe most of all there's that view Apollo afforded us of ourselves — that beautiful and bracing image of the Earth, alone, in the emptiness of space.
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Space.com: Why did you think that story was worth retelling in a children's book form?
Floca: The picture book is an incredibly rewarding way to tell a story, especially if you like to write...
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