Apollo 8: The Thrilling Story of the First Mission to the Moon

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Henry Holt and Co. #ad - Only the year before, three astronauts had burned to death in their spacecraft, and since then the Apollo program had suffered one setback after another. The untold story of the historic voyage to the moon that closed out one of our darkest years with a nearly unimaginable triumphIn August 1968, NASA made a bold decision: in just sixteen weeks, the United States would launch humankind’s first flight to the moon.

Then, on christmas eve, a nation that has suffered a horrendous year of assassinations and war is heartened by an inspiring message from the trio of astronauts in lunar orbit. The full story of apollo 8 has never been told, and only Jeffrey Kluger—Jim Lovell’s co-author on their bestselling book about Apollo 13—can do it justice.

Apollo 8: The Thrilling Story of the First Mission to the Moon #ad - Here is the tale of a mission that was both a calculated risk and a wild crapshoot, a stirring account of how three American heroes forever changed our view of the home planet. Meanwhile, the russians were winning the space race, the Cold War was getting hotter by the month, and President Kennedy’s promise to put a man on the moon by the end of the decade seemed sure to be broken.

And when the mission is over—after the first view of the far side of the moon, the first earth-rise, and the first re-entry through the earth’s atmosphere following a flight to deep space—the impossible dream of walking on the moon suddenly seems within reach. But when frank borman, jim lovell and Bill Anders were summoned to a secret meeting and told of the dangerous mission, they instantly signed on.

Written with all the color and verve of the best narrative non-fiction, Apollo 8 takes us from Mission Control to the astronaut’s homes, from the test labs to the launch pad. The race to prepare an untested rocket for an unprecedented journey paves the way for the hair-raising trip to the moon.

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Apollo 13

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Mariner Books #ad - By the time the ship splashes down in the Pacific, we understand why the heroic effort to rescue Lovell and his crew is considered by many to be NASA's finest hour. Now, thirty years after the launch of the mission, Jim Lovell and coauthor Jeffrey Kluger add a new preface and never-before-seen photographs to Apollo 13.

In april 1970, during the glory days of the apollo space program, NASA sent Navy Captain Jim Lovell and two other astronauts on America's fifth mission to the moon. Only fifty-five hours into the flight of Apollo 13, disaster struck: a mysterious explosion rocked the ship, and soon its oxygen and power began draining away.

Minutes after the explosion, the three astronauts are forced to abandon the main ship for the lunar module, a tiny craft designed to keep two men alive for just two days. As inspiring today as it was thirty years ago, the story of Apollo 13 is a timeless tribute to the enduring American spirit and sparkling individual heroism.

As the hours tick away, the narrative shifts from the crippled spacecraft to Mission Control, from engineers searching desperately for a way to fix the ship to Lovell's wife and children praying for his safe return. Written with all the color and drama of the best fiction, APOLLO 13 previously published as Lost Moon tells the full story of the moon shot that almost ended in catastrophe.

Apollo 13 #ad - The entire nation watches as one crisis after another is met and overcome. In their preface, they offer an incisive look at america's waxing and waning love affair with space exploration during the past three decades, culminating only recently when the Apollo 13 spacecraft itself, long consigned to an aviation museum outside Paris, was at last returned to its rightful home in the United States.

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Thirteen: The Apollo Flight That Failed

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Open Road Media #ad - On the evening of april 13, 1970, the three astronauts aboard Apollo 13 were just hours from the third lunar landing in history. An “exciting” minute-by-minute account of the Apollo 13 flight based on mission control transcripts from Houston The New York Times. Cooper Jr. With compromised engines and failing life-support systems, the crew was in incomparably grave danger.

Brings readers unparalleled detail on the moment-by-moment developments of one of NASA’s most dramatic missions.   . F. Expanding on dispatches written for the New Yorker, Henry S. Faced with below-freezing temperatures, and a dwindling water supply, a seriously ill crewmember, a safe return seemed unlikely.

Thirteen: The Apollo Flight That Failed #ad - Thirteen is the shocking and miraculous true story of how the astronauts and ground crew guided Apollo 13 back to Earth. But as they soared through space, two hundred thousand miles from Earth, an explosion badly damaged their spacecraft.

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Moon Shot: The Inside Story of America's Apollo Moon Landings

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Open Road Media #ad - The first into space was alan Shepard; the last was Deke Slayton, whose irregular heartbeat kept him grounded until 1975. Desperate to beat the russians into space, NASA put together a crew of the nation’s most daring test pilots: the seven men who were to lead America to the moon. New york times bestseller for fans of first man: a “breathtaking” insider history of NASA’s space program—from astronauts Alan Shepard and Deke Slayton Entertainment Weekly.

Moon Shot: The Inside Story of America's Apollo Moon Landings #ad - On october 4, the soviet union launched Sputnik I, 1957, and the space race was born. They spent the 1960s at the forefront of nasa’s effort to conquer space, and Moon Shot is their inside account of what many call the twentieth century’s greatest feat—landing humans on another world. Collaborating with nbc’s veteran space reporter jay barbree, Shepard and Slayton narrate in gripping detail the story of America’s space exploration from the time of Shepard’s first flight until he and eleven others had walked on the moon.

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Failure Is Not an Option: Mission Control from Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond

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Simon & Schuster #ad - This memoir of a veteran nasa flight director tells riveting stories from the early days of the Mercury program through Apollo 11 the moon landing and Apollo 13, for both of which Kranz was flight director. Gene kranz was present at the creation of America’s manned space program and was a key player in it for three decades.

He helped to launch alan shepard and John Glenn, then assumed the flight director’s role in the Gemini program, which he guided to fruition. With his teammates, he accepted the challenge to carry out President John F. When the space technology failed, as it sometimes did, the controllers’ only recourse was to rely on their skills and those of their teammates.

Failure Is Not an Option: Mission Control from Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond #ad - He reveals behind-the-scenes details to demonstrate the leadership, discipline, trust, and teamwork that made the space program a success. He endured the disastrous first years when rockets blew up and the United States seemed to fall further behind the Soviet Union in the space race. Kranz recounts these thrilling historic events and offers new information about the famous flights.

. A fascinating firsthand account by a veteran mission controller of one of America’s greatest achievements, Failure is Not an Option reflects on what has happened to the space program and offers his own bold suggestions about what we ought to be doing in space now. He participated in the space program from the early days of the Mercury program to the last Apollo mission, and beyond.

Kennedy’s commitment to land a man on the Moon before the end of the 1960s.

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The Last Man on the Moon: Astronaut Eugene Cernan and America's Race in Space

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St. Martin's Press #ad - His career spanned the entire gemini and apollo programs, from being the first person to spacewalk all the way around our world to the moment when he left man's last footprint on the Moon as commander of Apollo 17. Between those two historic events lay more adventures than an ordinary person could imagine as Cernan repeatedly put his life, his family and everything he held dear on the altar of an obsessive desire.

. Written with new york times bestselling author don davis, the last Man on the Moon is the astronaut story never before told - about the fear, love and sacrifice demanded of the few men who dared to reach beyond the heavens for the biggest prize of all - the Moon. The basis of the 2014 award-winning feature-length documentary! A revealing and dramatic look at the inside of the American Space Program from one of its pioneers.

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The Eagle Has Landed: The Story of Apollo 11

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CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform #ad - Politics and money were among the prime catalysts of space exploration. Nearly a half-century later, Armstrong's words still resonate: "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind. The historic space race began with the soviet union launching the world's first orbiting satellite, on October 4, Sputnik, 1957 and ended with the successful Apollo 11 mission.

. It is remarkable story of poltical gamesmanship, perserverence, innovation, and courage. While the space race is commonly remembered as a time of innovation and technological advances, yet often overlooked forces, powerful, were at play. On july 20, as a worldwide television audience of 500 million watched, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first man to step foot on the Moon.

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Go, Flight!: The Unsung Heroes of Mission Control, 1965–1992 Outward Odyssey: A People's History of Spaceflight

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University of Nebraska Press #ad - But among the talented men and later women who worked in mission control, the room located on the third floor of Building 30—at what is now Johnson Space Center—would become known by many as “the Cathedral. These members of the space program were the brightest of their generations, making split-second decisions that determined the success or failure of a mission.

None of nasa’s storied accomplishments would have been possible without these people. Interviews with dozens of individuals who worked in the historic third-floor mission control room bring the compelling stories to life. Go, flight! is a real-world reminder of where we have been and where we could go again given the right political and social climate.

Go, Flight!: The Unsung Heroes of Mission Control, 1965–1992 Outward Odyssey: A People's History of Spaceflight #ad - The flight controllers, ultimately, were the most visible part of the operation, running the missions, each supported by a staff of specialists, and, troubleshooting issues on board, talking to the heavens, attempting to bring everyone safely back home. The inspiration for the documentary Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo At first glance, it looks like just another auditorium in just another government building.

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Bringing Columbia Home: The Untold Story of a Lost Space Shuttle and Her Crew

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Arcade #ad - Timed to release for the 15th anniversary of the Columbia space shuttle disaster, this is the epic true story of one of the most dramatic, unforgettable adventures of our time. On february 1, 2003, columbia disintegrated on reentry before the nation’s eyes, and all seven astronauts aboard were lost. Bringing columbia home shares the deeply personal stories that emerged as NASA employees looked for lost colleagues and searchers overcame immense physical, logistical, and emotional challenges and worked together to accomplish the impossible.

Featuring a foreword and epilogue by astronauts robert crippen and Eileen Collins, and dedicated to the astronauts and recovery search persons who lost their lives, this is an incredible, compelling narrative about the best of humanity in the darkest of times and about how a failure at the pinnacle of human achievement became a story of cooperation and hope.

Assisted by hundreds of volunteers, it would become the largest ground search operation in US history. Kennedy space center was a key leader in the search and recovery effort as nasa, state, the FBI, FEMA, and dozens more federal, the US Forest Service, and local agencies combed an area of rural east Texas the size of Rhode Island for every piece of the shuttle and her crew they could find.

Bringing Columbia Home: The Untold Story of a Lost Space Shuttle and Her Crew #ad - . In the aftermath of tragedy, people and communities came together to help bring home the remains of the crew and nearly 40 percent of shuttle, an effort that was instrumental in piecing together what happened so the shuttle program could return to flight and complete the International Space Station. This comprehensive account is told in four parts: parallel confusion Courage, and Commitment Picking Up the Pieces A Bittersweet VictoryFor the first time, Compassion, here is the definitive inside story of the Columbia disaster and recovery and the inspiring message it ultimately holds.

Author mike leinbach, launch Director of the space shuttle program at NASA’s John F.

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Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man's First Journey to the Moon

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Random House #ad - . New york times bestseller • the riveting inside story of three heroic astronauts who took on the challenge of mankind’s historic first mission to the Moon, from the bestselling author of Shadow Divers. Robert kurson tells the tale of Apollo 8 with novelistic detail and immediacy. Andy weir, #1 new york times bestselling author of the martian and artemisby august 1968, the American space program was in danger of failing in its two most important objectives: to land a man on the Moon by President Kennedy’s end-of-decade deadline, and to triumph over the Soviets in space.

. Drawn from hundreds of hours of one-on-one interviews with the astronauts, NASA personnel, and myriad experts, their loved ones, and filled with vivid and unforgettable detail, Rocket Men is the definitive account of one of America’s finest hours. Kurson details the mission in crisp, suspenseful scenes.

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The riots at the democratic national convention in Chicago—the Apollo 8 mission would be the boldest, and Robert Kennedy, riskiest test of America’s greatness under pressure. In this real-life thriller, kurson reveals the epic dangers involved, and the singular bravery it took, for mankind to leave Earth for the first time—and arrive at a new world.

Rocket men is a riveting introduction to the Apollo 8 flight.

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On The Shoulders of Titans: A History of Project Gemini Annotated & Illustrated NASA History Series

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Cia Publishing #ad - This version of the book includes an overview of Project Gemini and a number of photos from NASA’s project files. Gemini was the intermediate manned space flight program between America's first steps into space with Mercury and the amazing and unprecedented accomplishments achieved during the manned lunar expeditions of Apollo.

They included many firsts: first astronaut-controlled maneuvering in space; first rendezvous in space of one spacecraft with another; first docking of one spacecraft with a propulsive stage and use of that stage to transfer man to high altitude; first traverse of man into the Earth's radiation belts; first extended manned flights of a week or more in duration; first extended stays of man outside his spacecraft; first controlled reentry and precision landing; and many more.

Because of its position between these two other efforts, Gemini is probably less remembered. Project gemini is now little remembered, having vanished into that special limbo reserved for the successful intermediate steps in a fast-moving technological advance. Gemini thus kept americans in space between the path-breaking but limited Earth-orbital missions of Project Mercury and the far more ambitious Project Apollo, which climaxed in 1969 when two men first set foot on the Moon.

On The Shoulders of Titans: A History of Project Gemini Annotated & Illustrated NASA History Series #ad - These achievements were significant in ways one cannot truly evaluate even today, but two things stand out: 1 it was the time when America caught up and surpassed the Soviet Union in manned space flight, and 2 these demonstrations of capability were an absolute prerequisite to the phenomenal Apollo accomplishments then yet to come.

. This book is a detailed history of the failures and victories of the Gemini program. Gemini accomplishments were manyfold.

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