Fifty Years After the First Human Landed on the Moon the New Space Race Is Upon Us

Moon Rush book cover

Recently, China made headlines around the world by successfully landing a space probe on the far side of the moon. This is only the beginning. A new global space race is brewing, and in his new book, Moon Rush: The New Space Race (May 7, 2019; National Geographic, .00 U.S.; 224 pages; 50 photographs; 2 maps; Hardcover; ISBN: 978-1-4262-2005-0), veteran space journalist Leonard David puts this exciting turn of events into context. With a foreword by Buzz Aldrin (Apollo 11) and an afterword by Harrison Schmitt (Apollo 17), Moon Rush explores the moon in all its facets, underscoring that the 21st-century space race back to the moon has become more urgent, and timelier, than ever.

Delve into mysteries, ancient myths and what the future has in store for the moon, including:

  • A look at the European Space Agency’s “Moon Village” plans
  • How the U.S. is shaping its new space strategy, one that reestablishes American interest in the moon but also includes a policy that pushes forward on the “Horizon Goal” of humans to Mars
  • The legal framework on divvying up the moon, and the impact between private enterprise and other forms of governance
  • How the next wave of moon interest can “stay, survive and thrive”
  • Never-before-told stories about the Apollo missions and Cold War plans of military surveillance and missile launches from the moon

Moon Rush sheds new light on our constant lunar companion, offering reasons to gaze up and see it in a different way than ever before.

Moon Rush is part of National Geographic’s larger Starstruck effort, a yearlong celebration of space across its robust storytelling, experience and travel platforms. With Starstruck, National Geographic hopes to once again inspire people to “look up” by bringing the awe and wonder of space to audiences around the world, leading up to the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. To commemorate this milestone, National Geographic will premiere APOLLO: Missions to the Moon as part of its Space Week celebration this July. Emmy and Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Tom Jennings (“Challenger Disaster: Lost Tapes,” “Diana: In Her Own Words”) uses his signature style of first-person storytelling to create an immersive account that spans the entire breadth and depth of NASA’s Apollo Space Program.

About the Author:

Leonard David has been reporting on space science and exploration for more than 50 years. His writing has appeared in the Financial Times, Foreign Policy, Private Air, Sky and Telescope, Astronomy, and Aerospace America. David has been a consultant to NASA, other government agencies and the aerospace industry, and serves as’s Space Insider columnist. He is the author of Mars: Our Future on the Red Planet and co-author of Buzz Aldrin’s Mission to Mars.

About the Book:

  • Title: "Moon Rush: The New Space Race"
  • Author: Leonard David
  • Foreword: Buzz Aldrin (Apollo 11)
  • Afterword: Harrison Schmitt (Apollo 17)
  • Pub date: May 2019
  • Publisher: National Geographic
  • ISBN: 978-1-4262-2005-0
  • Price: .00 U.S.
  • Pages: 224, with 50 photos and 2 maps
  • Format: Hardcover

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