Apollo 13

Apollo 13

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by James Lovell, Jeffrey Kluger
     
 

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In April of 1970, during NASA's fifth mission to the moon, Jim Lovell and his fellow Apollo 13 astronauts found their craft crippled by a mysterious explosion. The authors detail the harrowing and heroic four day rescue. Now a major motion picture from Universal Pictures coming June 30, directed by Ron Howard and starring Tom Hanks and Kevin Bacon.  See more details below

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In April of 1970, during NASA's fifth mission to the moon, Jim Lovell and his fellow Apollo 13 astronauts found their craft crippled by a mysterious explosion. The authors detail the harrowing and heroic four day rescue. Now a major motion picture from Universal Pictures coming June 30, directed by Ron Howard and starring Tom Hanks and Kevin Bacon.

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In April 1970, NASA sent Navy Captain Jim Lovell and two other astronauts on America's fifth mission to the moon. Only 55 hours into the flight, a mysterious explosion rocked the ship and soon its oxygen and power began draining away. Lovell tells the story of the moon shot and the astronauts' rescue. This edition adds a new preface on America's love affair with space exploration, and new b&w historical photos. Previously published as . Lovell joined NASA in 1962 and flew four missions before retiring in 1973. Kluger is a senior writer at . Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"A thrilling story of a thrilling episode in the history of space exploration." -- James A. Michener

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ISBN-13:
9780618619580
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
02/20/2006
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
127,459
Product dimensions:
(w) x (h) x 0.97(d)
Age Range:
14 Years

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"A thrilling story of a thrilling episode in the history of space exploration."—James A. Michener
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A thrilling story of a thrilling episode in the history of space exploration.

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JEFFREY KLUGER has written for various publications,including Discover, the New York Times Magazine, GQ, and the Wall StreetJournal. He is also the author of Journey Beyond Selene.

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Apollo 13 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Apollo 13 is a great book. If you have seen the movie, you will love the book. It has a lot more detail than the movie and gives more information about Lovell's life before Apollo 13. I will read it again for sure! This is a great book for anyone who loves space, NASA, or suspense.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Space: The Final Frontier – Lovell really puts it into perspective Apollo 13 tells the tale of the intense experience that three American astronauts never even dreamed could happen to them. In 1970, at the decline in space popularity (after Apollo 11’s successful moon landing), a rather boring event to the public launched its way to another space adventure to the moon. However, the capsule, manned by Jim Lovell, Jack Swigert, and Fred Haise, encountered a dangerous and terrifying  bump when the capsule’s oxygen tank exploded on the outside of the craft. Facing limited supplies, dwindling oxygen, and rising carbon dioxide, the three men fought against the poorest of odds and found themselves piloting a doomed spacecraft and made it come screaming home in what would become NASA’s most “successful failure.” The non-fiction novel echoes the themes of fear, valiance, bravery, and above all: hope, as the astronauts fight for survival in the most unsure of places. Faced with a situation that others couldn’t fathom, the crew, along with the ground team, overcame the most intense and detrimental of adversities. With the threat of the lifeless vacuum of space looming just outside a few plates of steal, fear was the most overbearing of themes, however, the bravery of the crew proved too powerful to let fear win. One of the most appealing aspects to the novel is its narrative nature, keeping the audience engaged in a detailed story-telling manner. Lovell keeps the gripping tale moving, and keeps the reader on the edge of their seats, hearts racing to find out what happens next. Although narrative overall, the book uses a vast amount of technical details loaded with acronyms and jargon that is aesthetically pleasing, although may be confusing to some. Overall, Apollo 13 is a must read for space lovers and action/drama lovers alike. Another book to check out after reading Apollo 13 is Gene Krantz’s “Failure is Not an Option,” as it tells the story of the Apollo 13 mission from the ground control’s point of view. Overall rating: 5/5
JSMReferee More than 1 year ago
This is a quick and technical read of the courage and brilliance of all involved with Apollo 13 from the crew to various manufactures and the NASA team. Although I have seen the movie many times, I wanted to read the account for a deeper experience of this classic success story that unfolded in spite of technical problems and equipment failure. I was not disappointed. My next viewing of the film will be enhanced because of the further insights I have as a result of the read. Thanks to Jim Lovell & his great crew for demonstrating the excellence of the United States of America. We are outstanding & our achievements should be celebrated.
Pro848 More than 1 year ago
does anyone know what grade level this book is appropriate for, or the lexile number?
Carltoon More than 1 year ago
I loved the movie Apollo 13, but after a visit to the Kennedy Space Center last summer, I decided to read this book. Right from the start, the book pulled me in. From discussions about poison pills to the physics behind bringing a ship around the moon and home was amazing. As a public relations professional, I was equally drawn to how NASA worked with the media and the transparency they provide in their agency, even during this "Successful Failure." As I read the book, I developed a deeper understanding of the many people who participated in bringing the crew home, and the three astronauts who's lives were in peril. This would be an excellent book club book as there are so many points for lengthy discussions brought out through its pages. I would recommend this book to anyone in a heartbeat!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I highly reccomend that you read the book Apollo 13. It is a little confusing in some points, but it is very exciting. I have also seen the movie, and I reccomend that too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the movie Apollo 13. It was a great movie.I never read the book of it, but I am sure it's just as good. Apollo 13 was such a interesting movie.The whole story of Apollo 13 is so great thats way I give it 5 stars. And the thing about it is that it really happened. None of it was made up.Imagine how the astronots felt on that mission. They were so happy to final get to walk on the moon. To other people at that time walking on the moon was not exiceting anymore,Cause we had already walked on the moon.Four other astronots already walked on the moon and to most people going back was not that great. But to the astronots on the mission Apollo 13 it was a dream come true.But they never got to walk on the moon cause of the expolosion that happened. The astronots on that mission were not sure if they could make back home alive. But they did.And still today not many people care about the moon or space or science. Instead they are to busy worrieing about the latest trends or actors and singers, or whats on TV. People these days don't know, and will never know, how hard it is to be an astronot, and fly in space. And how hard it was for the astronots on Apollo 13 to do evertihg they did. And those things like learning about space and science are alot more important then knowing what movies are playing and what new songs are out.I think more people should be into space and science. And for people that already are, I think that the movie and book of Apollo 13 are great to watch or read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The film Apollo 13 i found was not a very exciting film and did not really interest me at all! The film was about showing the vewiers that going to space i possible. If i had to recommend this film to people who would be interested would be people that are older or people into science.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Is Apollo 13 all it¡¯s blasted off to be? The book Apollo 13 by Jim Lovell and Jeffrey Kluger would be rated a 3 out of a 5. The reasons why it is only rated a 3 is because it can be very confusing. The topics that the authors went into are very long and drawn out, also boring. But the book is very exciting and is very real. It makes a great book for anyone who is interested in space and NASA.