The Man Who Went to the Far Side of the Moon: The Story of Apollo 11 Astronaut Michael Collins

by Bea Uusma Schyffert

Hardcover, 2003



Local notes

629.45 Sch




Chronicle Books (2003), Edition: First Edition, 80 pages


A biography of the astronaut, Michael Collins, who circled the moon in the Apollo 12 space capsule while his colleagues Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed the lunar module and walked on the moon.


Boston Globe–Horn Book Award (Honor — Nonfiction — 2004)
Utah Beehive Book Award (Nominee — Informational Books — 2006)
Sasquatch Book Award (Nominee — 2006)
Science Communication Awards (Children — 2005)
Mildred L. Batchelder Award (Honor Book — 2004)

Original language


Original publication date

1999 (original Swedish)
2003 (English translation)

Physical description

80 p.; 6.88 inches

User reviews

LibraryThing member karinaw
Personal Response:
This is very engaging especially for a science oriented biography. It is not too scientific but enough to help the reader understand the complexities of being an astronaut. There are lots of things to look at in addition to the text which makes the story more interesting.
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Curricular/Programming Connections:
Study this and other space missions
Assign students to find biographies of other astronauts
Have students create a project combining their biography of an astronaut with images and other related illustrations. (or do the same with a person of any other profession.)
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LibraryThing member queenoftheshelf
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to visit the far side of the moon? To be entirely alone, outside of radio contact, with only your thoughts to keep you company? There is only one man in the world who has had this chance: Michael Collins. He stayed in the Columbia Command and Service
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module while Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong took the Lunar module down to the surface and stepped into the history books. Collins was the only man in the known universe who literally could not watch the moon landing, as he checked and re-checked his lists, making sure that the over 1 million parts of the spacecraft were ready to bring their passengers back to earth. This slim volume brings history alive with its relatable writing and unique perspective.
Space geeks will love the story and the peek inside the first lunar mission, including lists of what the astronauts brought, how they trained, and their everyday lives on board. It humanizes this mission, and shows the extreme risks that these men were willing to take, even if they weren't able to share in all the glory. Readers aged 8 and above would love this story of early space exploration.
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