5 Reads to Celebrate National Moon Day
It was hard not to notice the moon this week; it seemed especially bright and full on these cool summer evenings in the Bay. And given that July 20th marked National Moon Day, it seems only appropriate that the moon would show off a bit.
For those unfamiliar with it, National Moon Day commemorates the day Neil Armstrong took that giant leap for mankind by being the first person to walk on the moon, finally putting to rest speculations as to its composition (not cheese) and inhabitants (not aliens—at least, not visible aliens). While the moon landing is certainly an event worth celebrating, we took the liberty of expanding the day’s significance into celebrating all things lunar. After all, the moon was captivating mankind’s imagination long before astronaut ice cream was a thing. Here, we’ve gathered some of our favorite moon-themed books, comics, and sheet music in honor of our planet’s grey buddy.
There’s certainly no shortage of musical tributes to the moon—whether flying to it or feeling blue beneath it, the moon’s inspired countless ballads. Henry Mancini’s Oscar-winning song has become one of the moon’s most iconic tributes, no doubt thanks to Audrey Hepburn’s touching window-ledge rendition of it in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
This bestselling book is the ultimate insider’s account of the space race, culminating in the moon landing. Written by America’s earliest astronauts and a foremost space reporter, it’s essential reading to understand the thrilling early days of space exploration.
Apollo and America's Moon Landing Program
For those who want to dive even deeper into the Apollo missions, these official NASA documents and reports chronicle the remarkable event in comprehensive detail. It’s an incredible collection of original documents, and a surprisingly gripping read, given its technical origins.
Shifting gears, speculation about the moon’s magical influence over the world goes back to man’s earliest stories and fables. Marvel tapped into that rich mythological history with Moon Knight, a hero who derives his lunar powers from a silver shroud found on a statue of the Egyptian moon god while on an archaeological dig.
No list of lunar reads would be complete without a nod to the moon’s mystical appeal. For many, theories of the moon’s magic are hardly ancient history. Those with witchy inclinations will find Moon Spells an essential guide. Advocating both traditional magical techniques—think spells and candles—and a more lunar-calendar based ideology, this book brings the moon’s powers within reach.
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