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Man on the Moon: How a Photograph Made Anything Seem Possible
Man on the Moon: How a Photograph Made Anything Seem Possible
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Man on the Moon: How a Photograph Made Anything Seem Possible

It is a bizarrely beautiful image: A man in a spacesuit stands isolated in an alien world. His companion, the photographer, and their landing craft are reflected in his visor. This photograph, taken by Neil Armstrong of fellow astronaut Buzz Aldrin, is the most famous documentation of America’s 1969 moon landing. But to people in every country on Earth, it represented and still does so much more. The man in the photograph was hundreds of thousands of miles away from his home planet. He had conquered another world. It was, as Armstrong said, a giant leap for mankind. The photo of this historic event remains one of the most powerful and inspiring representations of the achievements of humankind.

PublisherCompass Point Books
Age Level10-12 Years
Reading LevelGrades 5-7
Trim Size9 1/4 x 10 1/4
Page Count64



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

"Occasionally, a single photograph becomes the emblematic image that defines an era, and this quality series tells the stories of four of those iconic pictures. Each book places its subject photo in historical context, profiles the photographer, describes the conditions under which it was taken, and analyzes both its immediate and its continuing impact. The texts include ample background information and details and are enhanced by large photos and sidebars. These books will help students understand the influence of the individual images and the eras they epitomize, making them strong choices." - School Library Journal

April 1, 2011

School Library Journal, "Quantum Leaps and Bounds" - John Peters

"Dell relates the eye-opening story of how the electrifying photo of Neil Armstrong standing on the Moon's surface beneath the Sun's harsh light was made, the immense technological effort that made the photo possible, and how the image came to change people's perceptions of our future in space. A case study in how a picture can be worth much, much more than a thousand words." - School Library Journal, "Quantum Leaps and Bounds"

July 1, 2013

The Planetary Society blog - Emily Lakdawalla

" excellent resource to open a conversation with young people about how facts and photos can be interpreted in different ways by different people, how single photos can speak volumes, but also how they can be used and even manipulated by different groups to promote their own ends. It's also a great way to discuss photography as art." - The Planetary Society blog

December 2, 2011

Pamela Dell

Pamela Dell

Pamela Dell began her professional career writing for adults and started writing for children about 12 years ago. Since then she has published fiction and nonfiction books, written numerous magazine articles, and created award-winning interactive multimedia.

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