1     Countdown
2     Lift Off
3     Outer Space
4     Landing on the Moon
5     The Return

6     Touring Mission Control: Johnson Space Center
7      Advances in Flight
8     Montana Rocket Club
9     The Fastest Man on Earth: Dr. John Stapp

10   Space Future: MacDonald Observatory

An authentic BackPax Book and AudioJourney for children 8+ 

Downloadable eBook and MP3   


This authentic journey to the moon and US space sites features actual NASA  communications between orbiting astronauts and Mission Control; a visit to the Johnson Space Center, and a children's rocket club in Montana. 

BOOK (not a read-along)

full-color magazine-format eBook 

From ancient times, people have cast their eyes skyward and attempted to decode the language of the stars.  Some -- fueled by the most outrageous of ideas -- even dared dream a journey to the moon and beyond.  How humans finally made that journey is a story of inventors and their inventions from ancient times into the present.  Explore technologies, ancient and new, without which the journey could never have happened: the Africans who created the 12-month 365 day calendar; the Greeks who first observed the earth's movement around the sun; the Chinese who launched the first-known rocket in 1232 AD; the Incas of Peru whose temple, Machu Picchu, led the way as an observatory; the women of science -- like Maria Mitchell -- who pioneered astro-photography in the 19th century.  â€‹"The Technology of Magic," excerpts from early sci-fi turned sci-fact, astronomical mind-bogglers, a state-by-state guide to space exploration, planetariums, museums and more.


35-minute live-action audio recorded live on-location  in  Texas, Florida, Montana, and Outer Space!   Produced in cooperation with NASA

Turn on your audio player and fasten your seat belts.  Our mission is a Journey to the Moon... and Beyond.  From launch to Neal Armstrong's historic landing on the moon. Glimpse a view of our earthly home planet from the stars. Return, re-entry, and splashdown with actual NASA astronauts and Mission Control as your guide.  Back on earth, tour Houston's Johnson Space Center, McDonald Observatory, a children's rocket club in Montana that launches its own rockets, and meet the "fastest man on earth."  Travel through time the way astronomers do - by reaching for the stars.  

First known rocket: "Chinese soldier launches fire-arrow" (1232 AD) Photo Credit:  NASA

moon... and beyond.


  • Listening Guide 
  • Additional tracks from our earth-bound journey to space sites across the US