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A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts

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  • Posted November 2, 2012

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    A Book My Father Would Have Enjoyed

    A Man on the Moon brought back memories of watching blurry pictures of the first moon walk on a black and white TV in the middle of the night. Andrew Chaikin has written a book that captures the excitement of those flights and the men who made them. His book is actually better than Tom Wolfe’s The Right Stuff at portraying the astronauts. The section on the later Apollo missions and their scientific accomplishments was enlightening. He also reminds us of the opportunities lost by small minded politicians. It is possible that a manned mission to Mars could have flown or a base on the moon could have been established by now. Instead, much of that money was spent on the military-industrial complex.

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  • Posted January 3, 2010

    A look at Apollo from a different perspective

    Although many of us remain amazed at the many technical achievements that landed us on the moon in 1969, this book takes a refreshing look at the achievements from the astronauts perspective. It looks deep into each of the men that visited the moon, their background, education, families, astronaut training, and, most interesting to me, how this most profound of experiences has affected them.

    Great read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2008

    Chaikin boldly describes what astronauts couldn't

    The Apollo astronauts accomplished a feat which few thought possible. In a captivating fashion, author Andrew Chaikin offers a version of the Moon flights which most astronauts could not communicate. The vivid details of the lunar features and the astronauts' private thoughts are brought to life in a way that makes you feel as if you are really there. The astronauts often stumble into 'thrust-to-weight ratios' and 'angles of trajectory' when they talk about their experiences. This is not what the public wants to hear. This book is the definitive book for mankind's greatest adventure. Tahir Rahman, author of We Came in Peace for all Mankind

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2003

    The Apollo adventures as culled from astronaut interviews.

    This is a 600+ page book about the Apollo moon missions. It provides the background necessary to appreciate each mission, and details the missions leading up to Apollo 11, the first one to take humans to the surface of the moon, and then through Apollo 17, the last of the moon mission. It chronicles the efforts and accomplishments of the people who met John F. Kennedy's challenge to land a man on the moon and bring him back safely before the end of the 1960's. The stories, culled from interviews with the astronauts and other people in NASA and the Apollo program, are compelling. They add depth to events that history tends to trivialize, and give a better insight into Apollo's legacy.

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