Apollo 40 Years

Forty years ago today, the first astronauts landed on the moon. NASA is celebrating with events all week at the Johnson Space Center and at other locations around Houston.

HCPL has books, audio books and DVDs about the Apollo moon landing and the astronauts who made the journey in 1969.

Magnificent Desolation cover artBuzz Aldrin. Magnificent Desolation: The Long Journey Home From the Moon
Although Apollo 11 made Aldrin a famous person as he described the "alien world" of moon and space as "magnificent desolation," his celebrity status led to both personal trials and triumphs back on earth. "The twin demons of depression and alcoholism emerged -- the first of which Aldrin confronted early and publicly, and the second of which he met with denial until it nearly killed him." He describes the failure of two marriages and renewal once he gained sobriety and a new love of his life, a woman named Lois.

We Came In Peace cover artTahir Rahman. We Came in Peace for All Mankind: The Untold Story of the Apollo 11 Silicon Disc
In 1969, with only weeks left until the liftoff of Apollo 11, NASA worked feverishly to miniaturize messages of goodwill from world leaders to carry them to the Moon. NASA, the State Department, President Nixon each played a role in this historic feat. This book adds a new dimension to the legends of the "Giant leap for all mankind" with the complete story of the forgotten silicon disc

In the Shadow of the Moon (DVD)
Between 1968 and 1972, the world watched in awe each time an American spacecraft voyaged to the Moon. Only 12 American men have walked upon its surface and they remain the only human beings to have stood on another world. Now for the first time, a combination of archival material from the original NASA film footage, much of it never before seen and interviews with the surviving astronauts tells the story of the Apollo space program.

Reaching for the MoonBuzz Aldrin and Wendell Minor. Reaching for the Moon
I walked on the moon. This is my journey. But it didn't begin when I stepped on board "Apollo 11" on July 1, 1969. It began the day I was born. Becoming an astronaut took more than education, discipline, and physical strength. It took years of determination and believing that any goal is possible--from riding a bike alone across the George Washington Bridge at age ten to making a footprint on the Moon. I always knew the Moon was within my reach--and that I was ready to be on the team that would achieve the first landing. But it was still hard to believe when I took my first step onto the Moon's surface. We all have our own dreams. This is the story of how mine came true.

You can find many other titles about the Apollo 11 moon landing in our catalog.