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Reaching for the Moon

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ISBN-10: 0060554452

ISBN-13: 9780060554453

Edition: 2005

Authors: Buzz Aldrin, Wendell Minor, Buzz Aldrin

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Buzz Aldrin retraces the incredible journey that led him to the Moon! It didn't begin when I stepped on board Apollo 11 on July 16, 1969. It began the day I was born - Edwin Eugene Aldrin Jr., whom everyone called Buzz. Becoming an astronaut took more than education, discipline, and physical strength. It took years of determination and believing that any goal is possible - from riding a bike alone across the George Washington Bridge at age ten to making a footprint on the Moon. I always knew the Moon was within my reach - and that I was ready to be part of the team that would achieve the first landing. But it was still hard to believe when I took my first step onto the Moon's surface.…    
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Book details

List price: $17.99
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 5/24/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 40
Size: 8.75" wide x 11.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Edwin Aldrin was born in Montclair, New Jersey, in 1930. After graduating from the U.S. Military Academy, he completed U.S. Air Force pilot training in 1952 and flew over 60 combat missions during the Korean War. In 1963 NASA selected him as an astronaut. He served as backup pilot of the Gemini IX and as pilot for Gemini XII in 1966. He was made backup command module pilot for Apollo VIII and lunar module pilot for Apollo XI, the most famous flight in space history, which landed on the moon July 20, 1969. Aldrin was the second man to walk on the moon; Neil Armstrong, the first man, beat Aldrin by just 15 minutes. He completed his Air Force career as commandant of the Aerospace Research…    

Wendell Minor is the award-winning illustrator of dozens of picture books, including his own Yankee Doodle America, Robert Burleigh's Into the Woods, and Reaching for the Moon, written by Buzz Aldrin. Mr. Minor's work can be found in the permanent collections of such institutions as the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and the Library of Congress. He lives with his wife, Florence, in Washington, Connecticut. Visit Wendell Minor at www.minorart.com .