The far side of the moon : the story of Apollo 11's third man

by Irvine, Alexander

Format: Print Book 2017
Availability: Available at 3 Libraries 3 of 3 copies
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Carnegie Library of Homestead Teen Nonfiction YA 629.454 Irvi
Location  Carnegie Library of Homestead
Collection  Teen Nonfiction
Call Number  YA 629.454 Irvi
Monroeville Public Library Teen Books Y 629.454 IRVINE
Location  Monroeville Public Library
Collection  Teen Books
Call Number  Y 629.454 IRVINE
Sewickley Public Library Juvenile Graphic Novels J 629.45 IRV 2017
Location  Sewickley Public Library
Collection  Juvenile Graphic Novels
Call Number  J 629.45 IRV 2017

This graphic retelling of the Apollo 11 moon-landing mission follows astronaut Michael Collins, commander of the lunar orbiter, to the far side of the moon.

When the Earth disappears behind the moon, Collins loses contact with his fellow astronauts on the moon's surface, with mission control at NASA, and with the entire human race, becoming more alone than any human being has ever been before. In total isolation for 21 hours, Collins awaits word that Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin have managed to launch their moon lander successfully to return to the orbiter--a feat never accomplished before and rendered more problematic by the fuel burn of their difficult landing.

In this singularly lonely and dramatic setting, Collins reviews the politics, science, and engineering that propelled the Apollo 11 mission across 239,000 miles of space to the moon. Illustrated throughout!

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "While Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin are household names, "the only thing most people know about Michael Collins is that he didn't get to walk on the moon." Irvine and Bishop aim to remedy that with this graphic biography, which traces Collins's upbringing and NASA career through his selection for the Apollo 11 mission and his life afterward. Bishop works in a rough, schematic style, and his liberal use of swaths of black, accented with violet, makes the vastness of space felt in nearly every panel. Unfortunately, Irvine's writing tends to be flat and halting, as well as repetitive ("They were about to try to do something that no one in the history of the human race had ever done"; "Collins and Armstrong had just pulled off a flight maneuver that no one in history had ever done before"). Direct quotations from Collins appear occasionally, though their sourcing isn't always clear. Bishop's spec-like images of equipment and rocket trajectories aid substantially in understanding the challenges these astronauts faced. Ages 8-12. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Subjects Collins, Michael, -- 1930-2021 -- Juvenile literature.
Collins, Michael, -- 1930-2021
Apollo 11 (Spacecraft) -- Juvenile literature.
Project Apollo (U.S.) -- History -- Juvenile literature.
Apollo 11 (Spacecraft) -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Project Apollo (U.S.) -- History -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Apollo 11 (Spacecraft)
Project Apollo (U.S.) -- History.
Space flight to the moon -- History -- 20th century -- Juvenile literature.
Astronauts -- United States -- Biography.
Space flight to the moon -- History -- 20th century -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Space flight to the moon -- History -- 20th century.
Moon -- Exploration -- 20th century -- Juvenile literature.
Moon -- Exploration -- 20th century -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Moon -- Exploration -- 20th century.
Nonfiction comics.
Biographical comics.
Publisher [Thomaston, Maine] :Tilbury House Publishers,2017
Contributors Bishop, Ben, illustrator.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations (some color) ; 15 x 23 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN 9780884484523
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