The Race to Space: Countdown to Liftoff(Epic Fails#2)

Book by Ben Thompson

  • Published: Sep 02, 2020

In this second installment of the Epic Fails series, explore the many failures that made up the Race to Space, paving the way for humanitys eventual success at reaching the stars. Today, everyone is familiar with Neil Armstrongs famous words as he first set... read more

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Exact title of the book
The Race to Space: Countdown to Liftoff(Epic Fails#2)
Book author
Ben Thompson
ISBN
9781250150615
Book series
Epic Fails
Publisher
Roaring Brook Press
Published
Jul 10, 2018
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
Pages
160
File size (in PDF)
1440 kB

Some brief overview of book

In this second installment of the Epic Fails series, explore the many failures that made up the Race to Space, paving the way for humanitys eventual success at reaching the stars. Today, everyone is familiar with Neil Armstrongs famous words as he first set foot on the moon "one small step for man; one giant leap for mankind." He made it look easy, but Americas journey to the moon was anything but simple. In 1957, when the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, the worlds first satellite, into orbit, America had barely crossed the starting line of the great Space Race.

Later that year, our first attempt was such a failure that the media nicknamed it "Kaputnik." Still, we didnt give up. With each failure, we gleaned valuable information about what went wrong, and how to avoid it in the future. So we tried again.

And again. And each time we failed, we failed a little bit better. The Epic Fails series by Erik Slader and Ben Thompson explores the humorous backstories behind a variety of historical discoveries, voyages, experiments, and innovations that didn't go as expected but succeeded nonetheless, showing that many of mankind's biggest success stories are the result of some pretty epic failures indeed.

This title has Common Core connections.

About author

Thompson is the author of a dozen books on various awesome historical subjects including the Guts & Glory series, and has appeared on television programs for the History Channel, Discovery, and the American Heroes Channel. He has written for Cracked, Fangoria, Soldier of Fortune, and The American Mustache Institute, currently owns four swords (if you count a letter opener shaped like Glamdring the Foe-Hammer), and can occasionally beat the Star Wars Trilogy arcade game with a single quarter. Erik Slader is the creator of "Epik Fails of History" a blog (and podcast) about the most epic fails of history.

With Ben Thompson, Erik is the coauthor of the Epic Fails book series, including The Wright Brothers Nose-Diving Into History and Race to Space Countdown to Liftoff.

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