Posted on July 18, 2019 at 10:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

What’s cooler than a book that survived a trip to Antarctica? One that went to the moon!

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin packed a tiny copy of The Autobiography of Robert Hutchings Goddard, Father of the Space Age for his lunar voyage in 1969.

The book’s publisher had asked him to leave the book on the moon; Aldrin wasn’t able to honor that request, but he did what we think was even better: He signed it, adding “Flown to the moon on board Apollo 11,” and donated the copy to Goddard’s widow.

Eventually, it made its way to Clark University, where Goddard — considered the father of modern rocketry — taught.

Read more about the book and its subject in the Boston Globe.

Categories: Today in Books

Tagged As: Memorabilia, Nonfiction

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