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T-Minus: The Race to the Moon

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Question:

What happens when you take two global superpowers, dozens of daring pilots, thousands of engineers and scientists, and then point them at the night sky and say "Go!"?

Answer:

A SPACE RACE!

The whole world Followed the countdown to sending the first men to the moon. T-Minus: The Race to the Moon is the story of the people who made it happen, both in the rockets and

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Hardcover, 128 pages
Published May 19th 2009 by Aladdin
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Sesana
T-Minus is a brief, graphic novel history of the space race. And I did enjoy it, for the most part, but this is not the book to start with if you know little or nothing about the race to the moon.

It's obvious that a lot of research and love went into this book. There's some very detailed information here, and the writing is very enthusiastic. But it does seem to skip around quite a bit. I knew enough already to be able to follow it, but it might be confusing for somebody whose knowledge of spac
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Dov
I found myself a little bored reading this one. Lots of great details and info but I didn't emotionally connect to the characters or the story. That said, I appreciate Jim Ottaviani's graphic address of this strange historical period and recommend the book to anyone interested in the subject matter.
538AM_Steph
Feb 16, 2014 538AM_Steph rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ottaviani and his illustrators, Cannon & Cannon, are able to take the historical facts and NASA engineering terminology and pack the excitement of the US's 60s race to space with the USSR into 121 beautifully illustrated pages. not only do the illustrations provide a graphic representation of the written word, but they illustrate in the margins additional information, sun as other rocket missions important to the history of the space race, but not exactly to the story line. This provided add ...more
Matthew
Jim Ottaviani is a God-send for those who don't have a science background but want to be scientifically-literate. This graphic history provides a superb overview of the American and Soviet Space Programs. It should be added to all US History course's coverage of the Cold War.
Lars Guthrie
I read this in conjunction with Brian Floca's picture book, 'Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11.' Both books commemorate the fortieth anniversary of the giant step. I thought 'Moonshot' the better of the two. I love Floca's deft lines and keeping the story simple works better in these formats (picture book and comic book). There is almost too much info in 'T-minus,' which begins at T-minus 12 years, just prior to the Soviet Union launching Sputnik.

No, actually, even before, as it flashes back to
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David Bales
Very moving graphic novel that chronicles the space race between the Soviet Union and the United States, from the launch of Sputnik in 1957 to the landing on the moon by Apollo 11 in 1969. I liked the inclusion of the Soviet contribution to space exploration, (the Russians had the first satellite, the first man in space--Yuri Gagarin in 1961--as well as the first WOMAN in space--in 1963!--and the first space walk in 1965.) After 1965, the U.S. pulled away with the Gemini program and ended up ove ...more
Becky B
This graphic novel follows the space race between the USSR and the USA from the time Sputnik was launched to the moment the US successfully landed a man on the moon.

I didn't ever think I would say this, but I believe this graphic novel suffers from being too authentic. The authors included much of the actual dialogue from transcripts of various flights and the NASA code-talk gets to be a bit overwhelming (and in the end, not really all that helpful for telling the story). Even though the glossa
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Desmond
Oct 09, 2014 Desmond rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
T Minus review

This graphic novel was published by Jim Ottaviani. This graphic novel is also known as “the race to the moon”. It is about how America was the first to launch a rocket to the moon. Other countries like Russia wanted to also launch a rocket to the moon. Russia was the first to successfully launch a rocket but it never got to moon. On the other hand US launched five rockets, none were successful. So the US launched a rocket on July 3 1969 which was led by the brave captain Neil Arm
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Matt Misuraca
I did not find this graphic novel nearly as gripping as some of the other ones that I have read. The artwork was well done, but could have been in color. Ottaviani has written some other graphic works with brilliant color panels. The story itself was pretty good and I enjoyed following some of the major players of NASA at the time. It is a non fiction graphic novel about the race to the moon. It follows both Russia and the United States in their quest to make history. The Russian's caption bubbl ...more
Cameron
The book was about United States and Russia to see who would get to the moon first. At the beginning it was about who could launch a missile in space first. Then it was who could send a man to into space and orbit the Earth first. And then finally who could send a man to the moon and back first. The book was mainly about showing and figuring out and testing all the models for the space ship. And also testing the astronauts.
I liked the book because I was always wondering who would send the rocket
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Thom
Nov 04, 2014 Thom rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
How do you cover several years of space race, successes, tragedies, and mishaps in one graphic novel? Very briefly. Kudos to the author for covering most of the important points (design, personalities, the worry when signal was lost) in so tight a format. Will this history be as interesting to a younger generation? I hope so.

I was irritated by the pseudo-Cyrillic used to indicate the Soviet side of the story - backwards Ns mostly. Found myself wondering if the Soviet dialog had been altered to m
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Quinn Rollins
I recently read Tom Wolfe's THE RIGHT STUFF, which was an interesting, nearly-fictionalized retelling of the story of the Mercury 7 astronauts--the first Americans to go into space. .

I guess I'm in a Space Race kind of mood, because I just finished Jim Ottaviani's T-MINUS: THE RACE TO THE MOON. The graphic novel-format book has art by Zander and Kevin Cannon, and is a good example of Ottaviani at his best. Where THE RIGHT STUFF focused on the astronauts, T-MINUS is more about the scientists--th
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Sueij
Jul 30, 2009 Sueij rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sueij by: Scott
Way, way cool graphic novel.

I have an astonishing new appreciation of the vast efforts and nearly impossible tasks that took place to put humans into space and on the moon. The risks. The trials. The "Space Race" with the Russians. The innovation. How far we've come.

There's a huge amount of information in the book, but it's told with enough storyline as to be clear anyway. I'm blown away by the research Jim must have done to write this. And the graphics are an integral part of the story-telling,
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Nicola Mansfield
Summary: Starting in 1957, this non-fiction book tells the story of the space race between the United States and Russia as they each strove to be the first to make a more impressive advancement in space technology, which started with the Russians being the first to launch a satellite into space and ended with the US being the first to set foot on the moon. The book focuses on the men and women working behind the scenes rather than the astronauts themselves.

Comments: This is a perfect example of
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Larry Wentzel
Jul 28, 2009 Larry Wentzel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent read about the efforts that led to man landing on the moon, from Jules Verne's fictional propositions to the efforts between the Soviet Union and the U.S. to advance rocketry and manned space flights in a short period of time.

The interesting part is that the author doesn't consider the moon landing to be the climax; instead, he focuses on the excitement of the astronauts when they see the Earth as a big blue marble from lunar orbits. Factoids are sprinkled throughout the novel, incl
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Jacki
Summary: This graphic novelization of the space race leading up to the moon landing, told from both the Russian and American space program's viewpoints, is tailor-made for the middle school social studies classroom.

Plot: The author takes the historical timelines of both the USSR and the USA's progress toward a moon landing and lays them out side by side. What a great idea! Too often American audiences are not given both sides of the space race. Sure, we got to the moon first, but the Soviets had
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Jason Gordon
T-Minus is a great book for kids and adults who might be interested in how the United States ended up being the first country to send a man to the moon . This book is packed with interesting information on how the United States solved problems and beat the Russians to space. This book shows courage and hard work and I would highly recommend it to anyone.

The book starts with a big dilemma because the Russians struck first by putting Sputnik into space. The book opens up with a dramatic start wh
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Andy Shuping
Apr 14, 2012 Andy Shuping rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
One of the things that has fascinated me since I can remember, even though I hate heights, is space travel. I remember catching the bug sometime in middle school and I’ve never given it up. So I was excited to see a graphic novel that deals with the space race of the late 60’s-70’s. And while you might think, judging from the title, that T-Minus: Race to the Moon would cover just the Apollo missions…but you’d be wrong. Instead Ottaviani and the Cannon’s bring us back to the very beginning of the ...more
Emily Lakdawalla
Dec 27, 2011 Emily Lakdawalla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: planetary

T Minus chronicles the twelve years before the landing of Apollo 11 on the Moon. As the story proceeds, it counts down to the day of the lunar landing, reinforcing again and again a sense of the frenetic pace of the race to the Moon, and the urgency of the competition between the U.S. and the Soviet Union.

It's a very factual account, a sort of a Classics Illustrated-style history of this early period in spaceflight, an educational story that uses the immediacy and drama of the comic book format
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Neville Ridley-smith
Oct 11, 2012 Neville Ridley-smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
I had high hopes for this but was disappointed. My 8 year old son is into comics and I thought this would be a great introduction to get him interested in space and the story of the space race.

I feel, however, that it's too disjointed and doesn't give a clear sense of what's going on. And that's from someone like me who's always had an interest in space and know a lot of the story already. This is particularly a problem in the first 20 or so pages - it jumps around in time a lot and doesn't give
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Peter Hines
Feb 01, 2016 Peter Hines rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this graphic novel/history intending to look at a few pages. About an hour later,as I was reading about the Apollo 8 Christmas Eve broadcast, I was so moved I might have almost sort of really shed a tear. I reread it the next morning and got so cross-eyed I was seeing double for a few minutes. That's a compliment. For me this story in this format is weirdly overwhelming. This does not happen with every book I pick up.
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I really enjoyed T-Minus. Its graphic novel form illustrates the action and emotions of the characters well. At the bottom of some frames, the author explains what the really complicated rocket terms used by the caricatures mean. By the time you are halfway through the book, you feel very good that you know what GET means (Ground Time Elapsed). Though it is an easy read, T-Minus is a grate read!

Carrie Shaurette
I love nonfiction graphic novels that utilize their format successfully to explain a complicated issue, but unfortunately, T-Minus does not excel at this. There is a large amount of information packed too tightly into a brief 124 page count. Attempts are made to show the intricate details of the space race such as the sidebars highlighting each attempt that led up to the moon landing, but more needed to be done to clarify the process. For a clearer, more exciting story (though it is fiction and ...more
Anoush Emrazian
This graphic novel counts down the events in the US (and to a smaller extent, in the Soviet Union) leading up to the first man on the moon. I love this kind of history--that gives glimpses into the people behind the scenes and the social events and political motivations for the events we can list as impersonal facts.
Marissa
This book was just okay. I found it pretty slow, and the technical terms they used were very hard to follow. It was still interesting to see how many attempts were made and how many steps were taken before successfully landing a man on the moon.
Alicia
The story of the man landing on the moon and how Americans struggled to gain footing after Russia launched Sputnik. This graphic novel is a bit hard to read because of space jargon but the authors and illustrators do well to define some terms or visually represent others.

There's some humor and the black and white design concentrates the reader on the story. Though, the graphics are extremely complementary. It's simple and really stays focused on the story of the geniuses behind the design and m
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Jonathan Funk
Jim Ottaviani is fast becoming my favourite 'teacher'. I'm fast learning that if he has produced a graphical history or biography of any subject, then it is a subject I will be entertained to learn about.

T-Minus is no exception. I never grasped the scope of the international space race before reading this volume. I still can hardly believe how much was (and is) spent on the endeavor.

Recommended to fans of educational graphic novels and/or rocket science. Even if you are a space nerd that knows a
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Aj
I really liked this book it was really cool how it tells you a part of history in a fun way. It is also pretty cool how is shows the American side and the Russian side of the race.
Abby Johnson
Apr 02, 2010 Abby Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As American scientists worked furiously to design spacecraft that would put a man on the moon (as Kennedy challenged them to do in 1961), Russian scientists were working just as hard. T-Minus chronicles the Space Race and the many successful and unsuccessful American and Russian missions that led up to the historical 1969 moon landing. The book is very detailed and will please any young scientists curious about the history of the space program. An author's note includes suggestions of resources ...more
Robin
Jim Ottaviani is known for the non-fiction graphic novels that he has created and primarily self-published up until this point. Now that Aladdin, a division of Simon & Schuster, has released this amazing story of space flight illustrated by Kevin Cannon and Zander Cannon, I think he will receive some more recognition. Although I've read books like "The Right Stuff" and "Apollo 13," I was fascinated by this book because I think the illustrations helped enhance my understanding of the space pr ...more
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I've worked in news agencies and golf courses in the Chicagoland area, nuclear reactors in the U.S. and Japan, and libraries in Michigan. I still work as a librarian by day, but stay up late writing comics about scientists. When I'm not doing those things, I'm spraining my ankles and flattening my feet by running on trails. Or I'm reading. I read a lot.
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