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The Moon by Royal Observatory Greenwich

The Moon

A celebration of our celestial neighbour

Royal Observatory Greenwich

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2 reviews

Category: Non-fiction
Imprint: Collins
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 27 Jun 2019
ISBN: 9780008282462

Marking the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong's `small step' this beautiful book explores people's fascination with our only natural satellite. Published to coincide with Royal Museums Greenwich's exhibition The Moon, immerse yourself in contemporary essays and fascinating images wrapped in a sleek design.

4 stars out of 5
1 Jul 2019

"Arranged in thematic chapters that will appeal to fact-hungry space enthusiasts"

Arranged in thematic chapters that will appeal to fact-hungry space enthusiasts, The Moon describes how early rocket pioneers such as the American engineer Robert Goddard paved the way for Wernher von Braun’s V-2 and, later, the Apollo programme. Fraser MacDonald’s Escape from Earth offers a detailed account of a little-known part of this story. While the V-2 was being developed in Germany, American scientists were working on their own rocket programme, originally with the aim of helping aircraft take off from short runways. When captured German rockets were brought to the United States at the end of the Second World War, it was realised that they could serve as the basis for a nuclear missile system. The man behind this was not von Braun, who had switched allegiance to the Americans at the end of the war, but a Czech–American aeronautical engineer with communist sympathies named Frank Malina.

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5 stars out of 5
20 Jun 2019

"If, like the rest of mankind, you’re under the Moon’s spell, this is the book for you. "

This fabulous new book from the Royal Observatory explores the close relationship we have with our celestial neighbour, from the Ancient Greeks who mused about what it was made of, to its iconic place in literature. If, like the rest of mankind, you’re under the Moon’s spell, this is the book for you.