About the Author:
Jeffrey Bennett is a Colorado-based astrophysicist and former NASA scientist, as well as Max’s “dad”. He has taught at every level from elementary school through college. He served for two years as a Visiting Senior Scientist at NASA headquarters, where he developed education programs for the Hubble Space Telescope and other astrophysics missions. He proposed the idea for and helped develop the Voyage Scale Model Solar System, which opened in 2001 on the National Mall in Washington,DC. He is the author of leading college-level textbooks in astronomy, mathematics, statistics, and the new science of astrobiology. He has also written one book for the general public, the critically acclaimed On the Cosmic Horizon. Max Goes to the Moon is his first book for children. To learn more about Jeffrey or his other books, go to his personal web site at www.jeffreybennett.com.
About the Illustrator:
Alan Okamoto was born in 1957, at the “birth of the Space Age”. His Mother claims to have purposefully sculpted his head to be as round as a “perfect space helmet.” His father was a farmer and civil engineer who rode his trusty tractor while wearing what Alan understood to be a spacesuit. On weekends, Alan and his siblings would explore the California Central Valley countryside, where they farmed and played in the mud. Exploring opened their minds to nature, as they exercised their imaginations and observations. Alan is well-known for outstanding space and science fiction art. His works have appeared in numerous games, CDs, and other materials. He holds a BFA in commercial Illustration and is a former president of the San Francisco Society of Illustrators.