British astronomer and television show host Patrick Moore died Sunday at his home in Selsey, England. He was 89. The beloved xylophone-playing, monocle-wearing scientist published his first paper about the moon when he was just 13 and went on to author more than 60 books about astronomy.
In 1957 (more than a decade before Neil Armstrong's famous journey) Moore published "A Guide to the Moon," a magically detailed travel manual to Earth's natural satellite. The book is so descriptive that, according to the Popular Science reporter who reviewed it, "you may be unprepared for an outstanding impression of your first visit to the moon." Here's more:
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