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Team Effort

FROM LEFT: HAYLEY ROCCO; STEPHEN BLUE FOR TIME FOR KIDS

The whole world watched in awe when humans first walked on the moon, in July 1969. The Apollo program was one of the most incredible feats in human history. How We Got to the Moon, written and illustrated by John Rocco, tells the story of the people and technology that carried astronauts safely there and back. “For every astronaut, there are tens of thousands of supporting engineers,” Rocco told TFK. “And what they’re doing is just as important.”

Rocco uses detailed illustrations to tell the story. To get it right, he spoke with Apollo engineers who specialized in rocket engines, space suits, parachutes, and more. Rocco says the book is “not so much about the actual astronauts and their journey but about everything the engineers did to figure it out.”

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