Lost in Outer Space: The Incredible Journey of Apollo 13
Lost in Outer Space: The Incredible Journey of Apollo 13

Series: Lost   

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Annotation: Recounts the events of April 13, 1970, when an explosion occured on Apollo 13, crippling the ship, offering insights into what the crew members were thinking, photographs of the crew, and the diagrams of the spacecraft.
Genre: Engineering
Catalog Number: #137510
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
All Formats: Search
Copyright Date: 2017
Edition Date: 2017
Pages: 214 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-545-92815-X
ISBN 13: 978-0-545-92815-1
Dewey: 629.45
LCCN: 2016047174
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
On April 13, 1970, an explosion on the Apollo 13 spacecraft threatened to quickly end the moon mission. The intense drama plays out aboard the spacecraft, in mission control, and at the family home of mission commander Jim Lovell. The multiple viewpoints (especially that of Lovell's teenage daughter, Barbara) add intriguing perspectives. Period photographs enhance gravitas and emotion. Sources are appended.
School Library Journal
Gr 37"Houston, we have a problem" is an iconic movie line to most people, and a variation on that very sentence was uttered during the actual Apollo 13 mission. The drama, instigated by a defective thermostat that caused an explosion and oxygen leak, was mirrored back on Earth. Barbara Lovell, the daughter of astronaut Jim Lovell (the mission commander), was aware that her father's job was dangerous; however, during the Apollo 13 mission, she realized something particularly terrible was happening. Mission control in Houston immediately knew the situation was serious and scrambled to help Apollo 13. The safe return of all on board is no secret, but the full story of their trip and how those in space and on land became heroes is a thrilling one, full of heroism and suspense. The author's recounting of the mission is detailed and gives equal coverage to the astronauts, the NASA engineers, and the families. The use of teen Barbara Lovell as a character for readers to identify with is effective and makes the story relatable. Technical language is not absent, but space concepts and tools are explained thoroughly in a manner that even reluctant readers will find accessible. VERDICT Fans of action-packed true survival stories will take to this real-life space episodean easy pick for upper elementary schoolers.Morgan Brickey, Arlington Public Library, TX
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Horn Book (8/1/17)
School Library Journal (5/1/17)
Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Word Count: 32,350
Reading Level: 6.6
Interest Level: 5-9
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 6.6 / points: 5.0 / quiz: 187551 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:6.3 / points:9.0 / quiz:Q70726
Guided Reading Level: Y
Fountas & Pinnell: Y
Had the spacecraft been hit by a fragment of an asteroid? At the speeds they were traveling it wouldn't take more than a pebble to blast a hole in the ship and start the nightmare scenario in motion. But if that's what happened, it would be over by now-and they were all still alive.

Still alive, but in some kind of trouble. Amber warning lights began to flash on the right side of the instrument panel. Something was wrong with the electrical system.

Haise and Swigert both tried to report at once.

"Okay, Houston..."

"... I believe we've had a problem here."

A few seconds went by.

"This is Houston," said the Capcom, "say again please."

It was Lovell who answered this time. "Houston," he said, "we've had a problem."

Excerpted from Lost in Outer Space: The Incredible Journey of Apollo 13 by Tod Olson
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This exciting second book in the Lost series tells the incredible true story of the doomed Apollo 13 moon mission that nearly ended in disaster.

April 13, 1970: Two hundred thousand miles from Earth and counting, an explosion rips through Jim Lovell's spacecraft. The crippled ship hurtles toward the moon at three times the speed of sound, losing power and leaking oxygen into space.

Lovell and his crew were two days from the dream of a lifetime - walking on the surface of moon. Now, they will count themselves lucky to set foot on Earth again.

From "Houston, we've had a problem" to the final tense moments at Mission Control, Lost in Outer Space takes readers on the unbelievable journey of Apollo 13 and inside the minds of its famous and heroic astronauts. Complete with photographs of the crew and diagrams of the spacecraft, this is an up-close-and-personal look at one of the most thrilling survival stories of all time.

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