Out of This World!

Do you remember what anniversary it is? Of course you do, at least if you are a certain age. Some of us are old enough to remember being glued to our TVs more than 40 years ago, watching this.

Then on this same day 17 years later, we saw this.  So how better to celebrate the spirit of exploration than with some great books (and movies, of course!) about astronauts?


If you love optimistic, adventurous stories about survival, and you haven’t read this one, you’re in for a treat! We’ve got the movie, too.

Lost Moon

If you think astronauts couldn’t stay this cool under pressure, how about some real-life heroics? Lost Moon tells the story of Apollo 13 in the voice of astronaut Jim Lovell.

Moon shot

And here’s another account by some of the astronauts themselves. Booklist says, “It’s hard to believe, but most teens and people in their early twenties don’t remember Americans walking on the moon. This book, written lovingly by two of the most respected astronauts in U.S. history, will remedy that.”

Right stuff

The epic story of the Mercury astronauts, told with dry humor and great panache. Some have quibbled with its accuracy here and there (his colleagues did not like the depiction of Gus Grissom), but still inspirational. If you haven’t seen it, and you like epic movies, this is definitely worth a look. We have Tom Wolfe’s book, too.

For all mankind

Finally, here is a “unique and poetic” (Jonathan Turell, Critereion CEO) documentary about the moon landings. Mr. Turell thinks it may be the best film ever made about this facet of our history.

Enjoy, and keep looking up! We’ll have another astronomical post as the total solar eclipse approaches.




Author: maryj59

A librarian and writer from New England.

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