“This spectacular book is going to inspire future generations of problem solvers and dreamers, whether it is to venture back into space or to look more closely at the seemingly overwhelming challenges we confront right here on earth. Nothing short of stunning!”
Caldecott Medal winner and co-creator of the New York Times bestseller The Way Things Work.
“As an astronaut during the Space Shuttle and International Space Station eras, I stood on the shoulders of these innovating pioneers. This fascinating book illuminates the hard work and risks taken in service of one of the crowning achievements of our history in space.”
Former NASA astronaut and commander of the International Space Station
“The extraordinary passion, ingenuity, and persistence of the 400,000 people who turned an ‘impossible’ dream into reality leaps off every page of John Rocco’s beautifully illustrated, thoroughly researched, and lucidly written book.”
Author of A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts
“Rocco tells the story of the Apollo missions with the eye of an artist, the logic of an engineer, and the enthusiasm of a kid taking apart household appliances to see how they work."
Author of Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11
"Rocco has created an astonishing masterpiece in his illustrated guide to how America made it to the Moon in the 1960s. I’m not aware of another book with such an in-depth look at the technological and human marvels of the Apollo program. It’s a remarkable book.”
JONATHAN H. WARD
Author of Rocket Ranch, Countdown to a Moon Launch, and co-author of Bringing Columbia Home
“Extraordinary! Both young and old and future generations alike, will be able to visualize and grasp the complex and amazing venture to land a man on the Moon. How We Got To The Moon should be in every library and school curriculum.”
Navy Frogman—Apollo 11 Rescue Team
"How We Got To The Moon is for everyone, the thousands on the firing line, those who developed the tools and the dreamers who wrote the books on how it could be done. Rocco’s art is better than the thousands of pictures of the events because it is personal. It captures the time and the people not just for my generation but for all generations to come.”
Former Flight Director, NASA
"A stunningly beautiful work! John Rocco’s extraordinary book How We Got to the Moon is one of the most well-researched, informative, and creative endeavors that I’ve come across on the Apollo project. His contribution will stand the test of time. It should be at the top of everyone’s list - young and old alike.”
TODD DOUGLAS MILLER
Documentary Film Director, Apollo 11 (2019)
"This is a marvelous, illustrated telling of the Apollo story — a perfect introduction to the fun and excitement of tackling an engineering challenge that may at first seem impossible."
Apollo Software Engineer and author of Sunburst and Luminary: An Apollo Memoir
"How We Got to the Moon is a masterpiece that everyone with an interest in Space, science or engineering will want in their collection."
Saturn V Propellants Test and Launch Engineer
“Rocco has created an extraordinary and carefully researched real story of what it was like for us working stiffs during the Apollo Program."
J. HARVEY LeBLANC
Saturn V S-II Design Engineer
“With his striking illustrations and engaging storytelling, John Rocco truly captures the excitement, experimentation and ingenuity it took for us to put a man on the moon. I am sure this book will inspire the next generation of engineers and scientists to explore the unknown and chase the 'impossible', just like we did.”
ANN D. MONTGOMERY
Apollo Flight Crew Equipment Engineer
“John Rocco has presented the Apollo program in a most delightful way—it is perfect for anyone who not only wants insights into the technical story, but also the people and the larger meaning of the program. Even after working the Apollo program for 13 years, I learned a lot from this wonderful book. I have read many, many books on Apollo—but this is my favorite.”
CHARLES H. LOWRY
Engineering Manager, Rockwell International