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Where Once We Stood

Released in July 2019 for the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing “Where Once We Stood” captures the first-hand accounts of an extraordinary chapter in our history, when twelve human beings set foot upon the Moon. Combining a unique series of illustrations with the words spoken by the astronauts on the lunar surface, this book offers a rare insight into what it really felt like to live and work on another world; something that those who’d experienced it often found hard to convey. The author Christopher Riley has spent a lifetime studying the Apollo project and interviewing many of the astronauts, their friends and families. In this special collaboration, he’s joined forces with artist Martin Impey, whose paintings of the missions have been credited by the astronauts themselves, as capturing the essence of their lunar encounters. The resulting book brings a new dimension to the timeless story of Apollo’s extraordinary adventures on the Moon. From the first footprints left by Neil and Buzz during their pioneering walk on the Sea of Tranquility, to the final ambitious expeditions – as astronauts drove an electric car deep into the mountains of the Moon, this is a revealing record of what it truly meant to explorer a place beyond Earth – where once we stood.

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Where Once We Stood is a stunning book – large, weighty and dense with information, vocabulary, ideas and meaning. Capturing first-hand accounts from the 12 people who have stood on the moon, in their own words, each chapter covers a particular Apollo mission and begins with dates, crew logs and maps to set the scene.

The stories themselves are heart-stopping. From Neil Armstrong’s era-defining first step into the moon’s pristine dust, to Gene Cernan’s final step and wish that “we leave as we came…with peace and hope for all Mankind”, we experience in real time the anticipation, the elation and the fear of exploring the Moon’s awesome other-worldly environment.

The language throughout is a glorious blend of the poetic and the scientific, the prosaic and the profound. The illustrations by Martin Impey are breath-taking and alone make the book worth purchasing. Where Once We Stood rewards detailed and repeated study and would be an excellent key text around which to build a Space Scheme of Work for Year 5/6.

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