• Hardcover: 224 pages
• Publisher: National Geographic (May 7, 2019)
Veteran space journalist digs into the science and technology–past, present, and future–central to our explorations of Earth’s only satellite, the space destination most hotly pursued today.
In these rich pages, veteran science journalist Leonard David explores the moon in all its facets, from ancient myth to future “Moon Village” plans. Illustrating his text with maps, graphics, and photographs, David offers inside information about how the United States, allies and competitors, as well as key private corporations like Moon Express and Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin, plan to reach, inhabit, and even harvest the moon in the decades to come.
Spurred on by the Google Lunar XPRIZE–$20 million for the first to get to the moon and send images home–the 21st-century space race back to the moon has become more urgent, and more timely, than ever. Accounts of these new strategies are set against past efforts, including stories never before told about the Apollo missions and Cold War plans for military surveillance and missile launches from the moon. Timely and fascinating, this book sheds new light on our constant lunar companion, offering reasons to gaze up and see it in a different way than ever before.
The moon.....an object of pure fascination for centuries.
My family and I have loved astrophotography and admiring the night sky, for as long as I can remember, to the point where both my husband and I have our own telescopes.
Summer nights are spent outside, in our backyard or in the front of the house (we live in the country), just admiring and looking, photographing and teaching the kids about our solar system. But the moon has always been one of our favorites, and over the years I have taken hundreds of moon shots.
When I was given the opportunity to review Moon Rush, I jumped at it and could not wait for the book to arrive.
Once it did, I immediately dove into it's pages, reveling in the pictures, the stories, the information. It's like a crash course on that beautiful big object in the sky.
Veteran Space Journalist Leonard David, sets before us a journey through the moon's past, present and future. We dive into myths, what came before us, and what is inevitably before us.
We constantly hear news of future moon visits and what plans our humans here on earth have. The book is filled to the brim with photos, illustrations, and first hand accounts of never before heard told stories from the Apollo missions.
If you love space and are fascinated with the moon in particular, this is a must have in your personal library.
Some of the things you will read in the book could be taken straight out of a sci fi movie, but being the nerdy space person that I am, they make me giddy. Maybe it's the endless hours spent watching anything from V to Gallactica, Star Trek (every version and movie), Star Wars and any kind of space documentary I could get my hands on. But, honestly, if I would ever have the chance of going to space, whether it be the moon or elsewhere, my behind would be first on that shuttle, no questions asked.
The moon is and forever will be one of the biggest mysteries and treasures of our solar system, but journalist Leonard David does a brilliant job of bringing it all into play and gathering a myriad of information that leaves you dumbfounded at the potential for the moon's future, and at the same time in awe of what we as mankind have already achieved.
Thank you to TLC Book Tours and Blackstone Publishing for gifting me a review copy of this book, in exchange for a honest review.