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One Small Step – Fiction and Non-Fiction About Project Apollo

“That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.”

With these words, Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong became the first human being to set foot upon the Moon, on July 21st, 1969, 02:56:15 UTC (Coordinated Universal Time — i.e. Greenwich Mean Time), or 9:56:15 PM Central Time (July 20th). One of the most significant human accomplishments in history came about as the result of the work of over 400,000 people, in the U.S. and abroad. It was the result of a goal established by President John F. Kennedy, in speeches in 1962, in which he insisted that the United States would place a man on the moon and return him safely to Earth, before the 1960s ended.

“We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.”

The journey to reach that goal was filled with technological challenges, danger and risk. It was launched in the middle of a cold war with the Soviet Union, who had beaten the U.S. to several key steps in the “space race” — first orbiting satellite, first man in space, and more — and ultimately resulted in six manned moon landings, and 12 men (all from the United States) who walked on the surface of the Moon.

This “booklist”, created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 in 2019, includes books in both print and digital editions, as well as DVDs and a unique microfilm archive of Apollo 11 stories. The materials in this list are aimed at both adults and youth (although we stop short of including picture books and “easy readers”). In addition to the wealth of materials currently in the Lincoln City Libraries collection, all of which are hot-linked into our on-line catalog below, we include (at the bottom of the list) a list of additional reading materials (many highly recommended) that are not currently in the Lincoln City Libraries’ collection. If you are interested in any of those, please consider using our InterLibrary Loan Service to order them from other libraries around the U.S. at a minimal cost.

This list is primarily comprised of non-fiction about the U.S. space program during the Mercury (1958-1963), Gemini (1961-1966) and Apollo (1961-1972) programs, but also includes some additional titles that carry you up through the U.S. Space Shuttle program (1981-2011) and era of the International Space Station (1998-present). This list is not an exhaustive list of everything in the libraries’ collection about space exploration, but should contain everything we have on Project Apollo and the pre-Apollo days of NASA, plus selected titles from other eras. For your convenience, here is an index to the major sections of this list:


NASA Recommendations:

Items in both the Adult Non-Fiction and Apollo Materials Not in the LCL Collection portions of this list, which are marked with this small NASA icon, were titles recommended by NASA staff. Their list of recommendations, available at the link above, was compiled by Roger D. Launius and J.D. Hunley of the NASA History Office. You can find detailed descriptions of each of those books on their “Project Apollo: A Selective Bibliography of Books” list at that link.


Most of the titles we have listed here in this Adult Non-Fiction portion of this page, including the Biographies, are focused on the Apollo and pre-Apollo era of NASA.

001.9 Cun
Cunningham, Daryl
How to Fake a Moon Landing: Exposing the Myths of Science Denial (2013)

[ see the Staff Recommendations review of this title from March 2015 ]

158.1 Wis
Wiseman, Richard
Moonshot: What Landing a Man on the Moon Teaches Us About Collaboration, Creativity and the Mindset for Success (2010)

363.12 Lei
Leinbach, Michael D.
Bringing Columbia Home: The Untold Story of a Lost Space Shuttle and Her Crew (2018)

510.92 Lee
Margot Lee Shetterly
Hidden Figures: The Untold True Story of Four African American Women Who Helped Launch Our Country Into Space (2016)

571.091 Roa
Roach, Mary
Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void (2010)

[ see the Staff Recommendations review of this title in December 2010 ]

629.133 Eva
Evans, Michelle
The X-15 Rocket Plane: Flying the First Wings Into Space (2013)

629.4 Bur
Burrows, William E.
The Infinite Journey: Eyewitness Accounts of NASA and the Age of Space (2000)

629.4 Hae
Haerens, Margaret
NASA: Opposing Viewpoints (2012)

LT 629.4 Hol
Holt, Nathalia
Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us – From Missiles to the Moon to Mars (2016)

629.4 McC
McCurdy, Howard E.
Space and the American Imagination (1997)

629.4 Mez
Mezrich, Ben
Sex on the Moon: The Amazing Story Behind the Most Audacious Heist in History (2011)

[ see the Staff Recommendations review of this title in July 2012 ]

629.4 St9a
Stuhlinger, Ernst
Astronautical Engineering and Science, From Peenemunde to Planetary Space: Honoring the 50th Birthday of Werner Von Braun (1963)

629.4 Tys
Tyson, Neil DeGrasse
Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier (2012)

629.409 Col
Collins, Michael
Carrying the Fire: An Astronaut’s Journey (1974)

629.41 Spa
Sparrow, James
Spaceflight: The Complete Story From Sputnik to Shuttle…and Beyond (2007)

629.44 Sie
Sipemann, H.R. and Shaylor, D.J.
NASA Space Shuttle: From the Flight Deck (1987)

629.442 Bur
Burrough, Byran
Dragonfly: NASA and the Crisis Aboard the Mir (1998)

629.442 Jon
Jones, Chris
Too Far From Home: A Story of Life and Death in Space (2007)

[ see the Staff Recommendations review of this title in May 2009 ]

629.442 Lin
Linenger, Jerry
Off the Planet: Surviving Five Perilous Months Aboard the Space Station Mir (2000)

629.45 Ack
Ackmann, Martha
The Mercury 13: The Untold Story of Thirteen American Women and the Dream of Spaceflight (2003)

629.45 Ald
Aldrin, Buzz
Mission to Mars: My Vision for Space Exploration (2013)

629.45 Kop
Koppel, Lily
The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story (2014)

[ see the Staff Recommendations review of this title in April 2015 ]

629.45 Kur
Kurson, Robert
Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man’s First Journey to the Moon (2018)

629.45 Log
Logsdon, John
John F. Kennedy and the Race to the Moon (2010)

629.45 Mul
Mullane, R. Mike
Riding Rockets: The Outrageous Tales of a Space Shuttle Astronaut (2006)

629.45 qRid
Ride, Sally
To Space and Back (1986)

629.45 Smi
Smith, Andrew
Moondust: In Search of the Men Who Fell to Earth (2005)

629.45 Wol
Wolfe, Tom
The Right Stuff (1979)

629.453 Kra
Krantz, Gene
Failure is Not an Option: Mission Control From Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond (2000)

629.454 Arm
Armstrong, Neil and Collins, Michael
First on the Moon: A Voyage With Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr. (1970)

629.454 Boo
Booker, Peter Jeffrey
Project Apollo: The Way to the Moon (1969)

629.454 Bri
Brinkley, Douglas
American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race (2019)

629.454 Cha
Chaikin, Andrew
A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts (1994)

629.454 Coo
Cooper, Henry S.F. (Jr.)
Apollo on the Moon (1969)

629.454 Don
Donovan, Jim
Shoot for the Moon: The Space Race and the Extraordinary Voyage of Apollo 11 (2019)

[ see the Staff Recommendations review of this title in November 2019 ]

629.454 Fet
Fetter-Vorm, Jonathan
Moonbound: Apollo 11 and the Dream of Spaceflight (2019)

[ see the Staff Recommendations review of this title in February 2020 ]

629.454 Fis
Fishman, Charles
One Giant Leap: The Impossible Mission That Flew Us to the Moon (2019)

629.454 Fre
French, Francis
In the Shadow of the Moon: A Challenging Journey to Tranquility, 1965-1969 (2007)

629.454 Klu
Kluger, Jeffrey
Apollo 8: The Thrilling Story of the First Mission to the Moon (2017)

629.454 qLig
Light, Michael
Full Moon (1999)

629.454 Lov
Lovell, James
Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13 (1994)

[ see the Staff Recommendations review of this title in December 2005 ]

629.454 Mur
Murray, Charles
Apollo, the Race to the Moon (1989)

629.454 Nel
Nelson, Craig
Rocket Men: The Epic Story of the First Men on the Moon (2009)

629.454 Pyl
Pyle, Rod
Destination Moon: The Apollo Missions in the Astronauts’ Own Words (2005)

629.454 qRey
Reynolds, David West
Apollo: The Epic Journey to the Moon (2002)

629.454 Sch
Schefter, James L.
The Race: The Uncensored Story of How American Beat Russia to the Moon (1999)

629.454 She
Shepard, Alan B.
Moon Shot: The Inside Story of America’s Race to the Moon (1994)

629.454 Sto
Stone, Robert
Chasing the Moon: The People, the Politics and the Promise That Launched America Into the Space Age (2019)

629.454 Zim
Zimmerman, Robert
Genesis: The Story of Apollo 8: The First Manned Flight to Another World (1998)

629.47 Gut
Guthrie, Julian
How to Make a Spaceship: A Band of Renegades, an Epic Race, and the Birth of Private Space Flight (2016)

629.47 Pel
Pellegrino, Charles
Chariots for Apollo: The Making of the Lunar Module (1987)

629.475 Win
Winter, Frank H.
Rockets Into Space (1990)

779.629 qHop
Hope, Terry
Spacecam – Photographing the Final Frontier – From Apollo to Hubble (2007)


Biography Aldrin
Aldrin, Edwin E. “Buzz”
Magnificent Desolation: The Long Journey Home From the Moon (2009)

Biography Aldrin
Aldrin, Edwin E. “Buzz”
No Dream is Too High: Life Lessons From a Man Who Walked on the Moon (2016)

Biography Anderson
Anderson, Clayton
The Ordinary Spaceman: From Boyhood Dreams to Astronaut (2015)

[ see the Staff Recommendations review of this title from July 2019 ]

Biography Anousheh
Anousheh, Ansari
My Dream of Stars: From Daughter of Iran to Space Pioneer (2010)

Biography Armstrong
Barbree, Jay
Neil Armstrong: A Life in Flight (2014)

[ see the Staff Recommendations review of this title from January 2015 ]

B Ar494h
Hansen, James R.
First Man: The Life of Neil Armstrong (2005)

B B65009
Borman, Frank
Countdown: An Autobiography (1988)

B C7792
Cooper, Gordon
Leap of Faith: An Astronaut’s Journey Into the Unknown (2000)

Biography Gagarin
Doran, Jamie
Starman: The Truth Behind the Legend of Yuri Gagarin (2011)

B G48
Glenn, John
John Glenn: A Memoir (1999)

B G48v
VanRiper, Frank
Glenn: The Astronaut Who Would be President (1983)

Biography Hadfield
Hadfield, Chris
An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth (2013)

B H515
Hickam, Homer
Rocket Boys: A Memoir (a.k.a. “October Sky”)

[ see the Staff Recommendations review of this title from September 2004 ]

Biography Kelly
Kelly, Scott
Endurance: A Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery (2017)

Biography Massimino
Massimino, Mike
Spaceman: An Astronaut’s Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe (2016)

Biography Parazynski
Parazynski, Scott
The Sky Below (2017)

Biography Ride
Sherr, Lynn
Sally Ride: America’s First Woman in Space (2014)

B Sh43t
Thompson, Neal
Light This Candle: The Life and Times of Alan Shephard, America’s First Spaceman (2004)

B V888n
Neufeld, Michael J.
Von Braun: Dreamer of Space, Engineer of War (2007)

B V888p
Piszkiewicz, Dennis
Werner Von Braun: The Man Who Sold the Moon (1998)


In comparison to the Adult Non-Fiction above, a higher percentage of the titles listed in this Youth Non-Fiction section are more general — dealing with astronauts and space exploration. The highest concentration of Apollo and pre-Apollo materials will be under the 629.454 and Biographies sections of this portion of the list.


j629.4 Jen
Jenkins, Martin
Exploring Space: From Galileo to the Mars Rover and Beyond (2017)

j629.4 Sch
Schomp, Virginia
If You Were an Astronaut (1998)

j629.4 Sim
Simon, Seymour
Space Travelers (2003)

j629.4 Sto — multiple different editions
Stott, Carole
Space Exploration (2010)

j629.41 Woos
Wooster, Patricia
An Illustrated Timeline of Space Exploration (2010)

j629.442 Bra
Branley, Franklyn M.
Floating in Space (1998)

j629.442 Col
Cole, Michael D.
Moon Base: First Colony in Space (1999)

j629.442 Hay – multiple editions
Hayden, Kate
Astronaut: Living in Space (2000)

j629.45 Alc
Alcraft, Rob
Space Disasters (2000)

j629.45 Bai
Baird, Anne
The U.S. Space Camp Book of Astronauts (1996)

j629.45 Bre
Bredeson, Carmen
Astronauts (2003)

j629.45 Bre
Bredeson, Carmen
Getting Ready for Space (2003)

j629.45 Bre
Bredeson, Carmen
Living on a Space Shuttle (2003)

j629.45 Bur
Burns, Khephra
Black Stars in Orbit: NASA’s African-American Astronauts (1995)

j629.45 Cla
Clay, Kathryn
Astronaut in Training (1998)

j629.45 Col
Cole, Michael
Astronaut: Training for Space (1999)

j629.45 Dea
DeAngelis, Gina
The Apollo 1 and Challenger Disasters (2001)

j629.45 Dee
Deedrick, Tami
Astronauts (1998)

j629.45 Gib
Gibson, Karen Bush
Women in Space: 23 Stories of First Flights, Scientific Missions and Gravity-Breaking Adventures (2014)

j629.45 Goo
Goodman, Susan E.
Ultimate Field Trip 5: Blasting Off to Space Academy (2001)

j629.45 Hay
Hayhurst, Chris
Astronauts: Life Exploring Outer Space (2001)

j629.45 Klu
Kluger, Jeffrey
Disaster Strikes! The Most Dangerous Space Missions of All Time (2019)

j629.45 Las
Lassieur, Allison
Astronauts (2003)

j629.45 McC
McCarthy, Meghan
Astronaut Handbook (2008)

j629.45 Mil
Miller, Heather
Astronaut (2003)

j629.45 Mur
Murphy, Patricia J.
Exploring Space With an Astronaut (2004)

j629.45 Ric
Richie, Jason
Spectacular Space Travelers (2001)

j629.45 Sch
Schyffert, Bea Uusma
The Man Who Went to the Far Side of the Moon: The Story of Apollo 11 Astronaut Michael Collins (2003)

j629.45 She
Shearer, Deborah A.
Astronauts at Work (2002)

j629.45 Sto
Stone, Tanya Lee
Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream (2009)

j629.45 Vog
Vogt, Gregory
Space Mission Patches (2001)

j629.45 Woo
Woodford, Chris
Space Dramas (2002)

j629.454 Ada
Adamson, Thomas K.
The First Moon Landing (2007)

j629.454 Bey
Beyer, Mark
Crisis in Space: Apollo 13 (2002)

j629.454 Bro
Brouwer, Sigmund
Moon Mission: The Epic 400-Year Journey to Apollo 11 (2019)

j629.454 Bro
Brown, Don
Rocket to the Moon! (2019)

j629.454 Cha
Chaikin, Andrew
Mission Control, This is Apollo: The Story of the First Voyages to the Moon (2009)

j629.454 Flo
Floca, Brian
Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11 (2019)

j629.454 Gre
Green, Carl L.
Apollo 11 Rockets to First Moon Landing (2004)

j629.454 Gre
Green, Jen
Race to the Moon: The Story of Apollo 11 (1998)

j629.454 Has
Hasday, Judy L.
The Apollo 13 Mission (2001)

j629.454 Heh
Hehner, Barbara
First on the Moon: What it was Like When Man Landed on the Moon (1999)

j629.454 Her
Herman, Gail
Apollo 13: Space Race (1995)

j629.454 Hil
Hilliard, Richard
Neil, Buzz and Mike Go to the Moon (2005)

j629.454 Kel
Kelly, Nigel
The Moon Landing: The Race Into Space (2001)

j629.454 Lon
Long, David
When We Walked on the Moon (2019)

j629.454 Mau
Maurer, Richard
Destination Moon: The Remarkable and Improbable Voyage of Apollo 11 (2019)

j629.454 McR
McReynolds, Linda
Eight Days Gone (2012)

j629.454 She
Shearer, Deborah A.
Walking on the Moon (2002)

j629.454 Sip
Sipiera, Diane M.
Project Apollo (1997)

j629.454 Sip
Sipiera, Diane M.
Project Gemini (1997)

j629.454 Sip
Sipiera, Diane M.
Project Mercury (1997)

j629.454 Sla
Slade, Suzanne
Countdown: 2979 Days to the Moon (2018)

j629.454 Sla
Slade, Suzanne
Daring Dozen: The Twelve Who Walked on the Moon (2019)

j629.454 Spa
Spangenberg, Ray
Project Apollo (2001)

j629.454 Spa
Spangenberg, Ray
Project Mercury (2001)

j629.454 Ste
Stein, R. Conrad
Apollo 11 (1992)

j629.454 Sto
Stone, Jerry
One Small Step: Celebrating the First Men on the Moon (2009)

j629.454 Thi
Thimmesh, Catherine
Team Moon: How 400,000 Helped Land Apollo 11 on the Moon (2006)

j629.454 Vog
Vogt, Gregory
Apollo Moonwalks: The Amazing Lunar Missions (2000)

j629.454 Yom
Yomtov, Nelson
The Apollo 11 Moon Landing, July 20, 1969 (2014)

j629.47 Gra
Graham, Ian
The Best Book of Spaceships (1998)


jB Al15
Aldrin, Edwin E.
Reaching for the Moon (2005)

jB Ar53b
Bredeson, Carmen
Neil Armstrong: A Space Biography (1998)

jB Ar53b
Brown, Don
One Giant Leap: The Story of Neil Armstrong (1998)

jB Ar53k
Knudsen, Shannon
Neil Armstrong

jB Ar53k
Kramer, Barbara
Neil Armstrong: The First Man on the Moon (1997)

j Biography Armstrong
Meltzer, Brad & Oliopoulos, Chris
I Am Neil Armstrong (2018)

jB Ar53s
Streissguth, Thomas
Neil Armstrong (2003)

j Biography Bean, Alan
Robbins, Dean
The Astronaut Who Painted the Moon: The True Story of Alan Bean (2019)

j Biography Foraker, Eleanor
Donald, Alison
The Spacesuit: How a Seamstress Helped Put Man on the Moon (2019)

jB G525h

Hilliard, Richard
Godspeed, John Glenn (2006)

jB G525k
Kramer, Barbara
John Glenn: A Space Biography (1998)

jB G525m

Mitchell, Don
Liftoff: A Photobiography of John Glenn (2006)

jB G525s
Streissguth, Thomas
John Glenn (2002)

j Biography Hamilton, Margaret
Robbins, Dean
Margaret and the Moon: How Margaret Hamilton Helped Saved the First Lunar Landing (2017)

j Biography Herrington
Herrington, John B.
Mission to Space (2016)

j Biography Jemison
Ahmed, Roda
Mae Among the Stars (2018)

jB J389b

Burby, Liza N.
Mae Jemison: The First African-American Woman Astronaut (1997)

jB J389p
Polette, Nancy
Mae Jemison (2003)

jB J389s
Streissguth, Thomas
Mae Jemison (2002)

j Biography Johnson, Katherine
Johnson, Katherine
Reaching for the Moon: The Autobiography of NASA Mathematician Katherine Johnson (2019)

jB M11j
Jeffrey, Laura S.
Christa McAuliffe: A Space Biography (2003)

jB M11n
Naden, Corinne J.
Christa McAuliffe: Teacher in Space (2003)

jB M11s
Streissguth, Thomas
Christa McAuliffe (2003)

j Biography Mitchell, Edgar D.
Mitchell, Edgar D.
Earthrise: My Adventures as an Apollo 14 Astronaut (2014)

jB Oc3r
Romero, Maritza
Ellen Ochoa: The First Hispanic Woman Astronaut (1997)

jB R145s
Stone, Tanya Lee
Ilan Ramon: Israel’s First Astronaut (2003)

jB R41c
Camp, Carole Ann
Sally Ride: First American Woman in Space (1997)

jB R41k
Kramer, Barbara
Sally Ride: A Space Biography (1998)

j Biography Ride
Macy, Sue
Sally Ride: Life on a Mission (2014)

j Biography Ride
Stine, Megan
Who Was Sally Ride? (2013)


Materials in this section of the list are primarily in DVD format. This includes motion pictures that dramatize the events of the Apollo program and pre-Apollo era (such as Apollo 13, First Man, Hidden Figures and The Right Stuff) as well as documentaries (generally those with dewey decimal call numbers below). The specialized microfilm reel (available for use at the Bennett Martin Public Library downtown) is a unique collection of “live” news coverage of the Apollo 11 mission from the mainstream media of 1969.

Compact Disc 782.14 Eno
Eno, Brian
Apollo Atmospheres and Soundtracks (1983)

DVD Apollo
Apollo 13 (1998)

DVD First
First Man (2019)

[ see the Staff Recommendations review of this title from July 2019 ]

DVD From
From the Earth to the Moon (2013)

DVD Hidden
Hidden Figures (2017)

[ see the Staff Recommendations review of this title from July 2019 ]

DVD October
October Sky (1999)

[ see the Staff Recommendations review of this title from July 2019 ]

DVD Right
The Right Stuff (1983)

DVD 629.4 Sko
Skootsky, Steve
Ameria in Space: The First 40 Years (2000)

DVD 629.442 Mar
Space Station (2005)

DVD 629.45 Yea
A Year in Space: and, Beyond a Year in Space (2017)

DVD 629.454 Apo  Aldrin, Edwin E. “Buzz”
Apollo 11 (2019)

[ see the Staff Recommendations review of this title from June 2019 ]

DVD 629.454 Apo  Lovell, James
Apollo 13 to the Edge and Back: A Thriller Struggle Against All Odds (2004)

DVD 629.454 Eig
Eight Days: To the Moon and Back (2019)

[ see the Staff Recommendations review of this title from November 2019 ]

DVD 629.454 In
In the Shadow of the Moon (2007)

[ see the Staff Recommendations review of this title from November 2018 ]

DVD 629.454 Mag
Magnificent Desolation – Walking on the Moon (2005)

DVD 629.454 Moo
Moonshot (2009)

DVD 629.454 To
To the Moon (episode of NOVA) (2000)

DVD Biography Anderson
Webber, Dave
Homemade Astronaut: The Clayton Anderson Story (2009)

DVD Biography Cernan
The Last Man on the Moon (2016)

[ see the Staff Recommendations review of this title from February 2017 ]

Microfilm 629.454 Apo
Apollo 11’s Moon Landing (1969)

[ see the Staff Recommendations reviews of this title in March 2011 and July 2019 ]


DVD j629.43 Nye
Nye, Bill
Space Exploration (2013)


The following items are available from the Lincoln City Libraries only in a digital format. Please note that some of the titles in the Adult Non-Fiction list above may be available in digital formats, in addition to the physical copies. But the titles in this section of the list are only available in digital format.

Cooper, Henry S.F.
Thirteen: The Flight That Failed (1973) (Hoopla Ebook)

David, Leonard
Moon Rush: The New Space Race (2019) (Hoopla Audiobook)

Hurt, Harry
For All Mankind (1988) (Hoopla Ebook)

Maher, Neil
Apollo in the Age of Aquarius (2017) (Hoopla Audiobook)

Mindell, David A.
Digital Apollo (2008) (Hoopla Audiobook)

Mitchell, Edgar D.
The Way of the Explorer: An Apollo Astronaut’s Journey Through the Material and Mystical Worlds (1996) (Hoopla Ebook)

Scott, Zack
Apollo: A Graphic Guide to Mankind’s Greatest Mission (2019) (Hoopla Ebook)


The following are a limited selection of adult and youth novels that deal with Project Apollo or the pre-Apollo era of NASA in their plots. A few post-Apollo novels that address near-future space exploration are also included. Some are general fiction, some are science fiction, some are “alternate histories”. Several of the titles listed here are not in the Lincoln City Libraries collection, but are included in case you’d like to try to get them through our InterLibrary Loan service.

Balchin, Nigel Marlin
Knights of Infinite Space (1967)

Barnes, Julian
A History of the World in 10 ½ Chapters (1989)

Batchelor, John Calvin
Peter Nevsky and the True Story of the Russian Moon Landing (1993)

Baxter, John
The Hermes Fall (1978)

Baxter, Stephen
The NASA Trilogy
Voyage (1996)
Titan (1997)
Moonseed (1998)

Brooks-Dalton, Lily
Good Morning, Midnight (2016)

Bucker, Robert
Starfire (1960)

Caidin, Martin
No Man’s World (1967)
Four Came Back (1968)
Marooned (1969)
Cyborg (1972) (became The $6 Million Man TV series)

Cassutt, Michael
Missing Man (1998)

Corley, Edwin Raymond
Sargasso (1977)

Delany, Samuel R.
Dhalgren (1974)

Johnson, Shane
Ice (2002)

Kowal, Mary Robinette
The Calculating Stars (2018)
The Fated Sky (2019)

Lambert, Derek
The Red Dove (1982)

Malzberg, Barry N.
The Falling Astronauts (1971)
Revelations (1972)

McDevitt, Jack and Resnick, Mike
The Cassandra Project (2012)

Mercurio, Jed
Ascent (2007)

Michener, James
Space (1982)

Niven, Larry and Pournelle, Jerry
Lucifer’s Hammer (1977)

Pedreira, David
Gunpowder Moon (2018)

Pelevin, Viktor
Omon Ra (1996)

Russell, Paul
Sea of Tranquility (1994)

Searls, Hank
The Pilgrim Project (1964)

Seigel, Tom
The Astronaut’s Son (2018)

Simmons, Dan
Phases of Gravity (1989)

Slaughter, Frank G.
Countdown (1970)

Steere, Marty
Sea of Crises (2012)

Stepakoff, Jeffrey
The Melody of Secrets (2013)

Sutton, Jefferson Howard
Apollo at Go (1963)

Van Greenaway, Peter
The Medusa Complex (1973)

von Braun, Werner
First Men to the Moon (1960)

Weir, Andy
The Martian (2014)


Baratz-Logsted, Lauren
I Love You, Michael Collins (j) (2017)

Kerr, Philip
One Small Step (2008)

Ottaviani, Jim
T-Minus: The Race to the Moon (j) (2020)

Stamper, Phil
The Gravity of Us (YA) (2020)

Compact Disc j McReynolds  McReynolds, Linda
Eight Days Gone (2014)

Apollo Program Books not in the Lincoln City Libraries

The remainder of this list are Adult Non-Fiction titles that are not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries, including many that are on the recommended reading list provided by NASA History. If you’d like to pursue any of these titles, you can request them through our InterLibrary Loan service, where we can borrow materials from other libraries around the United States for a small $2.50-per-title service fee. Check with library staff for more information on how to take advantage of this service.

Aderine-Pocock, Maggie
The Book of the Moon: A Guide to Our Closest Neighbor

Aldrin, Edwin “Buzz” and McConnell, Malcolm
Men From Earth (1989)

Allday, Jonathan
Apollo in Perspective: Spaceflight Then and Now (1999/2019)

Atkinson, Nancy
Eight Years to the Moon: The History of the Apollo Missions (????)

Barbous, John
Footprints on the Moon (1969)

Barbree, Jay
Live From Cape Canaveral: Covering the Space Race From Sputnik to Today (2007)

Bean, Alan
Apollo: An Eyewitness Account (1998)

Benson, Charles D. and Faherty, William Barnaby
Gateway to the Moon: Building the Kennedy Space Center Complex (2001)
Moonport: A History of the Apollo Lauch Facility and Operations (1978)

Bergaust, Erik
Murder on Pad 34 (1968)

Bilstein, Roger E.
Stages to Saturn: A Technological History of the Apollo/Saturn Launch Vehicles (1980)

Bisney, John and Pickering, J.L.
Picturing Apollo 11: Rare Views and Undiscovered Moments
The Space Age Presidency of John F. Kennedy (2019)

Bizony, Piers and Launius, Roger and Chaikin, Andrew
The NASA Archives (2019)

Breuer, Willim B.
Race to the Moon: America’s Duel With the Soviets (1993)

Burgess, Colin
Fallen Astronauts: Heroes Who Died Reaching for the Moon (2003) with Kate Doolan
Footprints in the Dust: The Epic Voyages of Apollo, 1969-1975 (2010)

Burrows, William
This New Ocean: The Story of the First Space Age (1998)

Carpenter, M. Scott and Cooper, L. Gordon Jr. and Glenn, John H. Jr. and Grissom, Gus I. and Schirra, Walter M. Jr. and Shepard, Alan B. Jr. and Slayton, Donald K.
We Seven (1962)

Cassutt, Michael
The Astronaut Maker: How One Mysterious Engineer Ran Human Spaceflight for a Generation (2018)

Cernan, Eugene “Gene”
The Last Man on the Moon: Astronaut Eugene Cernan and America’s Race in Space (1999)

Chaikin, Andrew
Voices From the Moon: Apollo Astronauts Describe Their Lunar Experiences (2009)

Chapman, Richard L.
Project Management in NASA: The System and the Men (1973)

Chrysler, C. Donald and Chaffee, Donald L.
On Course to the Stars (1968)

Collins, Michael
Liftoff: The Story of America’s Adventure in Space (1988)

Compton, W. David
Where No Man Has Gone Before: A History of the Apollo Lunar Exploration Missions (1989)

Conrad, Nancy and Klausner, Howard A.
Rocketman: Astronaut Pete Conrad’s Incredible Ride to the Moon and Beyond (2005)

Cooke, Hereward Lester with the collaboration of Dean, James D.
Eyewitness to Space: Paintings and Drawings Related to the Apollo Mission to the Moon Selected, With a Few Exceptions, From the Art Program of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (1963 to 1969) (1971)

Cooper, Henry S.F.
Moon Rocks (1970)
Moonwreck: The True Tension-Packed Story of Apollo 13 (1975)

Cortwright, Edgar M. (ed.)
Apollo Expeditions to the Moon (1975)

Cunningham, Walter
The All-American Boys: An Insider’s Look at the U.S. Space Program (2010)

DeGroot, Gerard
Dark Side of the Moon: The Magnificent Madness of the American Lunar Quest (2006)

Duke, Charlie and Duke, Dotty
Moonwalker: The True Story of an Astronaut Who Found That the Moon Wasn’t High Enough to Satisfy His Desire for Success (1990)

Eisele, Donn and French, Francis
Apollo Pilot: The Memoir of Apollo Astronaut Donn Eisele (2017)

El-Baz, Farouk
Astronaut Observations From the Apollo-Soyuz Mission (1977)

Freeman, Marsha
How We Got to the Moon: The Story of the German Space Pioneers (1993)

French, Bevan M.
The Moon Book: Exploring the Mysteries of the Lunar World (1977)

Fries, Sylvia D.
NASA Engineers and the Age of Apollo (1992)

Furniss, Tim
“One Small Step” – The Apollo Missions, the Astronauts, the Aftermath: A Twenty Year Perspective (1989)

Goldstein, Stanley H.
Reaching for the Stars: The Story of Astronaut Training and the Lunar Landing (1987)

Gray, Mike
Angle of Attack: Harrison Storms and the Race to the Moon (1992)

Grissom, Betty and Still, Henry
Starfall (1974)

Hallion, Richard P. and Crouch, Tom D.
Apollo: Ten Years Since Tranquility Base (1979)

Harford, James J.
Korolev: How One Man Masterminded the Soviet Drive to Beat America to the Moon (1997)

Hechler, Ken
Toward the Endless Frontier: History of the Committee on Science and Technology 1959-1979 (1980)

Heiken, Grant H. and Vaniman, David T. and French, Bevan M.
The Lunar Sourcebook (1991)

Heppenheimer, T.A.
Countdown: The History of Space Exploration (1997)

Hero, Basil
The Mission of a Lifetime: Lessons From the Men Who Went to the Moon (2019)

Houston, Rick and Heflin, Milt
Go, Flight! The Unsung Heroes of Mission Control, 1965-1992 (2015)

Johnston, Richard S. and Dietlein, Lawrence S. and Berry, Charles A.
Biomedical Results of Apollo (1975)

Kauffman, James L.
Selling Outer Space: Kennedy, the Media and Funding for Project Apollo, 1961-1963 (1994)

Kelly, Thomas J.
Moon Lander: How We Developed the Apollo Lunar Module (2001)

Kennan, Erlend A. and Harvey, Edmund H. (Jr.)
Mission to the Moon: A Critical Examination of NASA and the Space Program (1969)

King, Elbert A.
Moon Trip: A Personal Account of the Apollo Program and Its Science (1989)

Kraft, Christopher
Flight: My Life in Mission Control (2001)

Lambright, W. Henry
Powering Apollo: James E. Webb of NASA (1995)

Launius, Roger D.
Apollo 11’s Legacy: Perspectives on the Moon Landings (2019)
NASA: A History of the U.S. Civil Space Program (1994)

Lay, Bierne
Earthhbound Astronautics: The Buildings of Apollo-Saturn (1971)

Levine, Alan J.
The Missile and Space Race (1994)

Levine, Arnold S.
Managing NASA in the Apollo Era (1992)

Levinson, A.A. and Taylor, S.R.
Moon Rocks and Minerals (1971)

Lewis, Richard S.
Appointment on the Moon: The Inside Story of America’s Space Adventure (1969)
The Voyages of Apollo: The Exploration of the Moon (1974)

Liebergot, Sy
Apollo EECOM: Journey of a Lifetime (2012)

Lindsay, Hamish
Tracking Apollo to the Moon (2014)

Logsdon, John M.
Apollo in Its Historical Context (1990)
The Decision to Go to the Moon: Project Apollo and the National Interest (1970)
Exploring the Unknown: Selected Documents in the History of the U.S. Civil Space Program (3 vol. 1995-1998)

Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Apollo Program Summary Report (1975)

MacDonald, Fraser
Escape From the Earth: A Secret History of the Space Rocket (2019)

MacKinnon, Douglas and Baldanza, Joseph
Footprints: The 12 Men Who Walked on the Moon Reflect on Their Flights, Their Lives and the Future (1989)

Mailer, Norman
Of a Fire on the Moon (1970)

Mansfield, John M.
Man on the Moon (1969)

Mason, Brian and Melson, William G.
The Lunar Rocks (1970)

Masursky, Harold and Colton, G.W. and El-Baz, Farouk
Apollo Over the Moon: A View From Orbit (1978)

McDougall, Walter A.
The Heavens and the Earth: A Political History of the Space Age (1985)

Miller, Roland
Abandoned in Place: Preserving America’s Space History (2016)

de Monchaux, Nicholas
Spacesuit: Fashioning Apollo (2011)

Morton, Oliver
The Moon: A History for the Future (2019)

Moseley, Willie G.
Smoke Jumper, Moon Pilot: The Remarkable Life of Apollo 14 Astronaut Scott Roosma (2011)

Muir-Harmony, Teasal E.
Apollo to the Moon (NatGeo) (2019)

Newman, Joseph
U.S. on the Moon (1969)

O’Brien, Frank
The Apollo Guidance Computer: Architecture and Operation (2010)

Ordway, Frederick Ira III and Sharpe, Mitchell R.
Dividends From Space (1972) also with Adams, Carsbie C.
The Rocket Team (1979)

Paul, Richard & Moss, Steven
We Could Not Fail: The First African Americans in the Space Program

Pitts, John A.
The Human Factor: Biomedicine in the Manned Space Program to 1980 (1985)

Poole, Robert
Earthrises: How Man First Saw the Earth

Pyle Rod
First on the Moon: The Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Experience (2019)
Heroes of the Space Age (2019)

Rahman, Tahir
We Came in Peace for All Mankind: The Untold Story of the Apollo 11 Silicon Disc (2008)

Rabinowitch, Eugene and Lewis, Richard S.
Man on the Moon: The Impact on Science, Technology and International Cooperation (1969)

Riley, Christopher and Dolling, Philip
Apollo 11 Owners Workshop Manual

Ryan, Peter
Invasion of the Moon, 1969: The Story of Apollo 11 (1969)

Schirra, Wally and Billings, Richard N.
Shirra’s Space (1988)

Scott, David Meerman and Jurek, Richard
Marketing the Moon: The Selling of the Apollo Lunar Program (2014)

Scott, David Randolph and Leonov, Alexei
Two Sides of the Moon: Our Story of the Cold War Space Race (2006)

Slayton, Donald K.
Deke! U.S. Manned Space, From Mercury to the Shuttle (1994)

Sparks, James C.
Moon Landing, Project Apollo (1970)

Stafford, Thomas P. and Cassutt, Michael
We Have Capture: Tom Stafford and the Space Race (2002)

Thomas, Davis
Moon: Man’s Greatest Adventure (1970)

Van Dyke, Vernon
Pride and Power: The Rationale of the Space Program (1964)

von Braun, Werner
First Men to the Moon (1966)

Ward, Jonathan H.
Countdown to a Moon Launch: Preparing Apollo for Its Historic Journey (2015)
Rocket Ranch: The Nuts and Bolts of the Apollo Moon Program at Kennedy Space Center (2015)

Warmflash, David
Moon: An Illustrated History (2019)

Wendt, Guenter and Still, Russell
The Unbroken Chain (2001)

Whitehouse, David
Apollo 11: The Inside Story (2019)

Wilford, John Noble
We Reach the Moon: The New York Times’ Story of Man’s Greatest Adventure (1969)

Wilhelms, Don E.
To a Rocky Moon: A Geologist’s History of Lunar Exploration (1993)

Worden, Al and French, Francis
Falling to Earth: An Apollo 15 Astronaut’s Journey to the Moon (2011)

Young, Hugo and Silcock, Bryan and Dunn, Peter
Journey to Tranquility: The History of Man’s Assault on the Moon (1970)

Young, John W. and Hansen, James R.
Forever Young: A Life of Adventure in Air and Space (2018)

This booklist first assembled July 2019 | first posted to BookGuide March 2020 | last updated March 2020 sdc