Friday, July 26, 2019

Space Twins on the Moon (1971)

Space Twins on the Moon is another Christian book I have found about a fictional trip to the Moon.

 James C. Hefley. Illustrated by  Robert F. Smith. Space Twins on the Moon. Cincinnati, Ohio : Standard Pub. Co.,  (96 p.) 18 cm. 1971.

 A family is invites to live on the Moon for a Month.
Note that they were invited because the Glenns and Bormans were also Christian so they are "perfect examples for all Americans to consider." They would be helping helping to explore what an extended stay on the Moon would be like for the families of the scientists.

 "...the [Russians] would probably have said that they had come to the Moon and couldn't find God."
 Basically they come to the Moon, have a few adventures and because one of them is injured they just head right back to earth.

More of an oddity than an important children's book but it shows how the "race for the moon" got into all sorts of stories for children.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

"The Road to the Moon": Kellogg's Man-In-Space Patches (1969)

One of my favorite sets of ephemera from my childhood is the Kellogg's Man-in-Space Patches, that came in boxes of Cornflakes in late 1968 and early 1969.

Each manned mission has its own patch from Freedom 7 (5-5-61) to Apollo 10 (scheduled 5-18-69).  They each had a description on the back of the patch of the astronauts, date of the mission, and what they did. 

Looking at them again on this 50th anniversary of the moon landing reminds me how much happened in those 8 years and how closely I felt like it was "my" success too. So enjoy this little extra.