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The Man Who Went to the Far Side of the Moon: The Story of Apollo 11 Astronaut Michael Collins

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Do you know the story of Michael Collins, the Apollo 11 astronaut who went all the way to the moon but never walked on its surface? Instead, he orbited the moon 14 times, surrounded by 701 power switches and 20 pounds of checklists. Reminiscent of a scrapbook, this extraordinary book chronicles what Michael Collins did, saw, and thought about in space. Through fascinating ...more
Hardcover, 80 pages
Published July 1st 2003 by Chronicle Books (first published January 1st 1999)
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Jul 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: international

Format: Nonfiction
Age level: Late elementary / middle school
Protagonist: Nonfiction
Originally published in Sweden

This is a nonfiction work that tells the story of Michael Collins, one of the astronauts on Apollo 11. Michael Collins didn't get to walk on the moon; Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin did. However, that doesn't make his contribution to the endeavor any less important. This books gives an important glimpse into the role of this unsung hero.

May 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
• Igor Kovalyov
• APA citation: Schyffert, B. U., & Guner, E. (2003). The man who went to the far side of the moon: The story of Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins. San Francisco: Chronicle Books.
• Genre: Biography
• Awards (If applicable): Mildred L. Batchelder honor book, 2004.
• Format: Print
• Selection Process: Recommendation
• Review:
This is a nonfiction biographical account of Michael Collins, one of the three astronauts of Apollo 11. Although Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were the ones
Frankie Martinez
Apr 07, 2010 rated it liked it
Although Michael collins did not step foot on the moon, he had a lot of work to do.
Destinee Sutton
Jan 26, 2008 rated it really liked it
This had at least 10 really funny/interesting parts.
Alycia Mcleod
May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Really an inspiring testament of what these men went through in the name of science and exploration! I recommend this book for children and adults, alike. Has just enough information to keep you interested, but not weighed down by too many facts that might make one lose interest. I enjoyed it thoroughly!
Kul barnbok om astronauten Michael Collins som snurrade runt månen medan Neil Armstrong och Buzz Aldrin satte sina fotavtryck i månens grå aska. Samma författare som till boken Expeditionen (om Andrées polarexpedition), vilket märks tydligt då hennes talang som illustratör och hennes sätt att plantera kuriosa lite varstans berikar även denna bok.
Balla Jallow
Mar 07, 2017 rated it liked it
The book 'the man who went to the far side of the moon' is a nonfiction book that tells the story about Michael Collins Apollo 11 astronaut. He was among the three astronauts that travelled, but he never get the opportunity to walk on the moon. The astronauts faced lot of difficulties, many astronauts experience space sickness.
Michelle Kelley
Nov 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
At first glance, this slim text looked overly busy and not particularly inviting. But focusing in on the first paragraph of text, I was immediately hooked. The text is an absolutely fascinating account of the landing of Apollo 11 and the three man crew who took the first journey to the moon. There are some diagrams that provide additional information about details on the trip that many kids would find really interesting. But there is also a fair amount of busy-ness to the text that is both unnec ...more
Mar 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jag hade förväntat mig en lika tjock, stor, fin och vacker bok som Expeditionen och blev lite besviken när den här visade sig vara inte ens en tiondel så stor, lång och vacker.. MEN! Det felet ligger hos mig och inte hos boken: jag VISSTE att det är en barnbok, och att den följaktligen inte kan vara lika tjock och stor och komplicerad som den senare. Läsningen var rolig, boken är finurlig och kärleksfull och Beas känsla för detaljer är helt klanderfri. Det är exakta angivelser om hur mycket månl ...more
Oct 28, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: international
Batchelder Award Honor Book 2004

This book tells the story of Michael Collins, the third astronaut on Apollo 11. He stayed on the command modjule and didn't walk on the moon. The book was originally written in Swedish and translated into English in 2003. I wanted to read the book to see how a Swedish person wrote about such an American event. The book was well written with personal information about all three astronauts not just Michael Collins. The book talks about the darkness on the far side o
May 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
I read this in one quick sitting. This was a great book for middle readers about the Apollo 11 mission, focusing on Michael Collins rather than Buzz and Neil. It had glossary terms and comprehension questions scattered throughout, and would be excellent for English language learners, as footnotes explain English idioms. (This is a bit ironic, considering it was originally published in Swedish.) I enjoyed it as an adult, however (skipping the footnotes), and think it is a good read for anyone. Wh ...more
Jean Ann
Oct 21, 2011 rated it liked it
The Man Who Went to the Far Side of the Moon tells the story of Michael Collins, Apollo 11 astronaut, who never actually set foot on the moon, but was nonetheless a critical player in the mission. Written in the form of a scrapbook, The Man Who Went to the Far Side of the Moon gives details of the Apollo 11 mission through text, pictures, charts and actual journal entries from Collins. The book takes the reader to the moon and back allowing the average person to see what the famous mission was l ...more
May 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ville veta mer om månlandningen efter att ha läst Johan Harstads (magnifika) bok Buzz Aldrin vart tog du vägen i myllret?. I Johans bok målas ju Buzz upp som den store underdogen, och som den som var så så så nära men ändå inte där. Men efter att ha läst Beas bok om Michael Collins öde (som till skillnad från Buzz (och Neil) inte ens fick ta ett endaste steg på månen) så blir det uppenbart vem som var den verklige "underdogen", den som verkligen tog steget tillbaka i förmån för de andra, den som ...more
Aug 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Really enjoyed this book about Michael Collins who orbited the moon 14 times and spends time without radio transmission on each orbit while Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon. Mentor text for use of graphics (RI.7, W. 2a). Lots of interesting/little known tidbits and details. The book describes the whole flight from take off to splash down, but doesn't describe the, what I can only imagine to be, tense moments when the lunar module is reunited with the spacecraft.
Stacy Slater
Nov 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
Micheal Collins was the astronaut who stayed in the command module while Armstrong and Aldrin walked on the moon four decades ago. His story is no less fascinating, especially as presented in this graphically interesting biography. Detail such as the fact that Collins was claustrophobic are mixed with information about the capsule, the mission, and the living conditions on Apollo 11. Upper elementary students would enjoy this most.
Jen H.
Jul 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
This is a great book for anyone who likes to read about space or a reluctant reader. I would suggest grades 4+. About Michael Collins who was the third (more unknown) astronaut from the moon landing. It tells about his flight alone in space as the other two men were on the moon. Very interesting. Includes personal journals, notes and photos.
Everyone knows Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, but not as many people recognize the name Michael Collins. Collins remained in the spaceship as Armstrong and Aldrin walked on the moon. This book tells his story as well as many other fascinating facts about traveling in space. Formatted much like a scrapbook, this should appeal to anyone interested in the history of space exploration.
Nina Färdig
Feb 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Jag läste den här boken tillsammans med en 7-åring och en 10-åring. Kombinationen av historiska fakta, omständigheter som är omöjliga att få huvudet kring och underbara illustrationer (vi läste nyutgåvan) gör den här boken till en höjdare. Jag är nu besatt av att googla rymdfärder och ibland när jag ska sova får jag andnöd av att tänka på Collins 11 st radioskuggestunder...
Pranava Kumar
Dec 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book was an good biography and non-fiction story on Apollo 11. The biography is about the left out man who no one noticed that he was even in the crew, Michael Collins. Michael Collins was the person who watched over them on the far side of the moon with no radio communication to his base.
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is about 12 years old, I had never seen it before. We almost weeded it, but I decided to look at it. It was fascinating, I loved it! Now I know who Michael Collins is, very interesting.
Dec 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Really well done - great translation. Tell the story of the oft forgotten man who piloted Apollo 11 around the moon while Aldin and Armstrong walked on it. Superb.
Feb 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: j-biography
Fascinating insights into that particular moon journey.
Very interesting perspective on the first moon landing, written by the one man on the Apollo 11 team who never set foot on the moon. Lots of interesting little trivia bits, too.
Elsa Booke
Nov 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: students
This was soooooo good. The design is fantastic and the writing is very engaging with a perfect tone for middle schoolers. It's a kids' book, but I learned a LOT.
Melrose Park Kids
Aug 05, 2010 marked it as to-read
Shelves: space
Michael Collins was the third astronaut of the Apollo 11 mission. Find out what he did while the other two walked on the moon.
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