Days that shocked the world.  

The moon landing

July 20, 1969

Paul mason

It is 4:15 A.M., on Wednesday, July 16, 1969. Astronauts Neil Armstrong, "Buzz" Aldrin, and Mike Collins wake up, knowing that today is a special day. There is a good chance that they are about to make history, by taking off on the first mission ever to land a human being on the moon. If they are successful, their names will never be forgotten. But there is a possibility that, if something goes wrong, the breakfast they are about to eat will be their last...

About the book.

"The moon landing."

This title explores the background and the aftermath of the moon landing of 20 July 1969, using this single event to act as a window on to a broader perspective of 20th century history. It looks for the race for space, building up to actual lift off, then tantalizingly asks what if it hadn't happened?. Throughout the book moment in time panels which use quotes and primary sources give the reader an impression of what it must have been like to be there. The final part of the book examines the legacy of the day that shook the world in terms of its impact on history.

About the author.

Paul Mason


Paul Mason's interest in writing stems from his childhood when he won the Scripture Prize in his last year at Primary School. He now is an experienced freelance writer and editor of a variety of children's information books. He has a degree in anthropology, and has worked in Turkey and taught English as a foreign language. Paul is a keen sportsman and particularly enjoys surfing, mountain biking and snowboarding

Apollo 11

The primary objective of Apollo 11 was to complete a national goal set by President John F. Kennedy on May 25, 1961: perform a crewed lunar landing and return to Earth. Apollo 11 was the spaceflight that landed the first humans on the Moon, Americans Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, on July 20, 1969, at 20:18 UTC. Armstrong became the first to step onto the lunar surface six hours later on July 21 at 02:56 UTC. Armstrong spent about two and a half hours outside the spacecraft, Aldrin slightly less, and together they collected 47.5 pounds (21.5 kg) of lunar material for return to Earth. The third member of the mission, Michael Collins, piloted the command spacecraft alone in lunar orbit until Armstrong and Aldrin returned to it just under a day later for the trip back to Earth.

Launched by a Saturn V rocket from Kennedy Space Center in Merritt Island, Florida, on July 16, Apollo 11 was the fifth manned mission of NASA's Apollo program. The Apollo spacecraft had three parts: a Command Module (CM) with a cabin for the three astronauts, and the only part that landed back on Earth; a Service Module (SM), which supported the Command Module with propulsion, electrical power, oxygen, and water; and a Lunar Module (LM) for landing on the Moon. After being sent toward the Moon by the Saturn V's upper stage, the astronauts separated the spacecraft from it and traveled for three days until they entered into lunar orbit. Armstrong and Aldrin then moved into the Lunar Module and landed in the Sea of Tranquility. They stayed a total of about 21 1⁄2 hours on the lunar surface. After lifting off in the upper part of the Lunar Module and rejoining Collins in the Command Module, they returned to Earth and landed in the Pacific Oceanon July 24.

My notes/ review

Timothy Milne

Well personally I don't really like these kinds of books but this book caught my attention. It's a really fascinating book & it's all real this book is a good read for anyone & can get anyone interested in reading such things about the moon & about the astronauts that went on missions to it. Paul really grabs your attention with the breath taking facts that really out you on the edge & it's great!

Website by timothy Aaron Milne ms. Gillies 3-4th period classes 40 point project.

Comment Stream

2 years ago

Where are you links to 3 other pages that are for characters, setting, and plot?