Apollo 13

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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. 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. Minutes after the...

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Overview

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. 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. 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 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. The entire nation watches as one crisis after another is met and overcome. 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 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. 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.

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

  • ISBN-13: 9780618619580
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 2/20/2006
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 146,544
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2014

    Space: The Final Frontier ¿ Lovell really puts it into perspecti

    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

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  • Posted June 7, 2012

    Better then the Movie!

    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.

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  • Posted October 27, 2011

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    Grade level???

    does anyone know what grade level this book is appropriate for, or the lexile number?

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  • Posted June 14, 2011

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    This book has it all!

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2008

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    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.

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