Have you ever dreamed of going to the moon? I have! It seems like it would be a blast to ride a rocketship into space. I love to stare at the moon and envision myself hopping across its surface on my way to explore the Sea of Tranquility. That just sounds like a nice place to relax and bury my cone in the moon sand. You know, that is where the crew of Apollo 11 began their explorations of the moon.
Unfortunately, the Apollo 13 mission didn't make it as far as Apollo 11. You Wouldn't Want to be on Apollo 13! A Mission You'd Rather Not Go On by Ian Graham tells the unlucky story of Apollo 13's failed mission.
Imagine you are an astronaut, and it is finally your turn to go to the moon. You have trained for years for this moment. You have successfully blasted off into space on the Saturn V rocket. It was a thrilling ride! Your own personal rollercoaster to space. Now, though, you are ready to get to work. Mission Control directs you turn on some fans. As soon as you flip the switch... BOOM! Something has exploded in the service module of your ship, and you have no idea if you can fix what may or may not be a serious problem. "Houston, we've had a problem."
Scary. I know. This is not the fun rocket ride to the moon I was envisioning. This book, however, is a fantastic ride through the Apollo 13 mission. Read You Wouldn't Want to be on Apollo 13! A Mission You'd Rather Not Go On by Ian Graham to learn more about Apollo 13 and discover if the astronauts can fix their rocket and get back to Earth.
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