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Tony Jenzano, Astronaut Trainer

The Man Who Made the Stars Shine

By Michael G. Neece

Tony Jenzano, Astronaut Trainer

32 pp., 8.5 x 11, 15 color images

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-5992-3
    Published: September 2020

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Distributed for the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center

When America's first astronauts launched into outer space, Tony Jenzano helped them learn to navigate by the stars. As the leader of a big planetarium in a small town, Tony was the man who made the stars shine. Without Tony, NASA's first space travelers would have been lost in space.

About the Authors

Michael G. Neece writes public history, children’s books, and YA novels in Chapel Hill, North Carolina where he lives with his wife and three children. He presents constellation shows at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center under the same dome where NASA astronauts once trained. He is confident that children will guide us to the stars as long as we feed their curiosity and teach them kindness.
For more information about Michael G. Neece, visit the Author Page.

Benlin Alexander is a professional illustrator located in Raleigh, North Carolina and working with clients across the country and throughout the world. He is a member of SCBWI and has completed twelve book projects since he started his career in 2012.
For more information about Benlin Alexander, visit the Author Page.


"NASA wondered if Tony could assist astronauts, or 'star sailors,' in learning to navigate in space. Who better to help them than a former sailor in charge of a theater filled with stars?"--from the book