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Apollo 8

By Martin W. Sandler

A nation in need of hope, the most powerful rocket ever launched, and the first three men to break the bounds of Earth: Apollo 8 was headed to the moon.

In 1957, when the USSR launched Sputnik I, the first man-made satellite to orbit Earth, America’s rival in the Cold War claimed victory on a new frontier. The Space Race had begun, and the United States was losing. Closer to home, a decade of turbulence would soon have Americans reeling, with the year 1968 alone seeing the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy as well as many violent clashes between police and protesters. Americans desperately needed something good to believe in, and NASA’s mission to orbit Earth in Apollo 8 and test a lunar landing module was being planned for the end of the year. But with four months to go and the module behind schedule, the CIA discovered that the USSR was preparing to send its own mission around the moon — another crucial victory in the Space Race — and it was clearly time for a change of plan. In a volume full of astonishing full-color photographs, including the iconic Earthrise photo, Martin W. Sandler unfolds an incredible chapter in U.S. history: Apollo 8 wouldn’t just orbit Earth, it would take American astronauts to see the dark side of the moon.

  • Published in time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 8 launch.
  • Stunning full-color photographs capture the mission that changed the way we look at planet Earth.
  • Martin Sandler's fourth book that features his remarkable storytelling of historical events.

About the author

Martin W. Sandler has written more than seventy books for children and adults, including The Impossible Rescue: The True Story of an Amazing Arctic Adventure and The Whydah: A Pirate Ship Feared, Wrecked, and Found. He lives in Massachusetts.

ISBN: 9780763694890
Imprint: Candlewick
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Hardback
Release Date: October 1, 2018
Dimensions: 230 x 250mm, 176pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $34.99
New Zealand RRP: $36.99
Stock Level: In Stock

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