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Look to the Stars Hardcover – May 14, 2009
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...Aldrin's first-person account is peppered with comments establishing his connections to so many people and events...a personal touch that may indeed inspire readers to become part of the story someday. ---Horn Book
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As you read, you will get a glimpse into the lives of Edwin Hubble, Robert Goddard, Charles Lindbergh, Wernher von Braun, Captain Chuck Yeager, Neil Armstrong and many other astronauts. The first satellite, the Sputnik, was the impetus for the race to space and prompted President Kennedy to asking the country to "commit itself to achieving the goal" of landing on the moon. Little did Buzz know that he would be one of the fortunate few to help attain that goal. With Project Apollo the dream would be realized. This book also discusses space probes and speculates about future manned missions. Perhaps even you will be able to "take a space `tour bus' or visit an Earth-orbiting `hotel!'"
This is a much more technical and detailed look at space travel and its history than its counterpart for younger children, "Moonshot." The art work is dazzling and adds a lot to the text. There is an excellent two page spread of information on the Apollo Missions 7 to 17, including diagrams of the Saturn V rocket and the Apollo spacecraft. There is an awesome time line in the back of the book, selected sources and seventeen recommended websites. Young stargazers will want to add this collection . . . if they can get it out of the hands of the grownups!
Buzz Aldrin demonstrates how different people can be, and how competence in many fields does not guarantee competence in all areas of life. He had his human struggles while being extemely competent technically and physically.
He'd reached amazing milestones while still in his 30s (moon walker) and then had trouble making sense of the rest of his life. The story has a happy ending though (it's not over yet) and is worth your time for many reasons.
I heard Buzz speak at a NASA sponsored event (2007 Regolith Excavation Challenge). He is 80 going on 20.