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On July 20, 1969, an extraordinary
thing happened. The first man stepped on to the surface of the moon.
No one had ever done this and some thought it could never be done.
But on that day 25 years ago, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on
the moon successfully. What kind of person would take such a chance?
This is Buzz Aldrin's story that tells you about his childhood and what
drove him to want to be an astronaut.
In this readable autobiography,
Aldrin, the second man to step foot on the moon, recounts episodes in his
life that influenced his choice to become part of the space program. He
briefly describes how he got his nickname and incidents from his childhood;
his first airplane ride; his time at West Point and as an Air Force pilot;
joining NASA; and his missions in the Gemini and Apollo programs, including
the lunar landing. A brief chronology/timeline is included at the end that
blends events of Aldrin’s life with the history of flight and space exploration.
Aldrin closes with a stirring afterword encouraging readers to follow their
dreams. “Not everyone can explore space. But we all have our moons to reach
for. If you set your sights high, you may accomplish more than you ever
dreamed was possible. Just as I did.” (Prepared by: Janet Kittrell
for SCASL Picture Book