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The Blue Marble: How a Photograph Revealed Earth's Fragile Beauty
The Blue Marble: How a Photograph Revealed Earth's Fragile Beauty
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The Blue Marble: How a Photograph Revealed Earth's Fragile Beauty

The astronauts headed to the moon in December 1972 thought they knew what to expect. They would soon be exploring the moon’s surface in a lunar rover, traveling farther than anyone before them. They would be collecting soil and rock samples for study back on Earth and could expect to learn about the moon’s physical makeup and age. But what they didn’t expect came as a huge bonus. The astronauts of Apollo 17 would produce an amazing photograph of planet Earth a lonely globe floating in inky black space. Their stunning Blue Marble image was destined to become one of the most reproduced and recognizable photos in history. And no one is 100 percent sure who took it.

PublisherCompass Point Books
Age Level10-14 Years
Reading LevelGrades 5-7
SubjectHobbies & Crafts
Trim Size9 1/4 x 10 1/4
Page Count64



Planetary Society - Emily Lakdawalla

"...the latest in an excellent series of books. . . .Nardo looks at other space-based photos of Earth; explores the art and history of imagining journeys above Earth's surface; and talks about the cultural impact of the Blue Marble photo." - Planetary Society

December 2, 2014

School Library Journal - Mary Mueller, Rolla Public Schools, MO

"STARRED REVIEW! This outstanding follow-up to Capstone’s “Captured History” series continues the same format, focusing on a single, emblematic photograph that defines an era or event. . . .This set will show students how a single image can “capture” history and influence the perceptions and actions of those who see it. The books will certainly draw a large readership and are must-buys for all middle-level and secondary collections." - School Library Journal

April 1, 2014

Don Nardo

Don Nardo

Historian and award-winning author Don Nardo has written many books for young people about modern history, including studies of the rise of Hitler and Nazism, World War II, international terrorism, and dozens of military topics. In addition, he specializes in ancient history and has published numerous volumes about the histories and cultures of the ancient Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, and peoples of Mesopotamia. Nardo, who also composes and arranges orchestral music, lives with his wife, Christine, in Massachusetts.

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