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From NASA's infancy to its greatest triumphs...from the calculated gambles to the near disasters to the pure luck that accompanied each mission, Flight relives the spellbinding events that captured the imagination of the world. It is a stirring tribute to the U.S. space program and to the men who risked their lives to take America on a flight into the unknown -- from the man who was there for it all.
—Reprinted from Flight: My Life in Mission Control by Chris Kraft by permission of Dutton, a member of Penguin Putnam Inc. Copyright (c) 2001 by Chris Kraft. All rights reserved. This excerpt, or any parts thereof, may not be reproduced in any form without permission.
|Section I||A Boy from Phoebus|
|1.||Raised in a Town That No Longer Exists||9|
|2.||The Boy Becomes a Man||26|
|3.||Flight Tests and a Stubborn Marine||50|
|Section II||The Mercury Missions|
|4.||Reds and Red Tape||61|
|5.||Inventing Mission Control||78|
|7.||"We're Go, Flight"||113|
|9.||Around the World in Ninety Minutes||149|
|10.||The Man Malfunctioned||162|
|11.||The End of Mercury||171|
|Section III||The Gemini Missions|
|12.||How Do You Get a Man to the Moon?||187|
|14.||How We Left the Russians Behind||225|
|15.||Out of Control||248|
|16.||Blinded in Space||257|
|Section IV||The Apollo Missions|
|17.||"We're on Fire!"||269|
|18.||Suddenly the Moon Comes Up||283|
|19.||The Last Few Steps||302|
|20.||...And a Giant Leap||311|
|21.||Inevitably, Apollo Changes||326|
|22.||Near Failure and Great Successes||333|
|23.||Good-bye to the Moon||340|
Posted March 17, 2001
Reviewer: W. L. Creech; Henderson, NV Brilliantly achieved. Brilliantly written. No matter how well informed you are about mankind's expedition to the moon, this intriguing account by the ultimate 'insider' at the center of the action provides facts never before revealed about what went wrong, what went right, and why. At its root it's a book about professionalism, why it is so important, and how it ultimately was achieved in the face of enormous technical complexity and bureaucratic infighting. Thus, Chris Kraft's deft retelling of this fascinating story also is informative on the importance of creating professionalsim by managers at all levels -- whatever their own challenges. Indisputably, NASA's challenge was enormous, as was Chris Kraft's role. You'll enjoy it and you'll learn lessons from it that you can put to work in your own life. General Bill Creech, Author: The Five Pillars of TQM.
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Posted February 13, 2014
I've read at least a dozen books on the early American space program. This is my favorite. Kraft's "front-seat view" in mission control brings a different perspective over the numerous books by former astronauts. "FLIGHT" chronicles Kraft's childhood in southeastern Virginia and moves up through his career in aeronautical engineering. I was particularly moved by the story of a pilot who died while testing an aircraft that Kraft's design team was working on. It's evident that this was a life-changing moment for Kraft. Kraft is very open about his impressions of personalities at NASA, and he is generous with his praise and criticism of both astronauts and administrators.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 23, 2011
While a very entertaining biography of the early days of NASA and the Mercury missions, the author Chris Kraft seems to have animosity towards astronaut Scott Carpenter. In one whole chapter and in many other parts of this book, Chris Kraft criticizes Scott Carpenter and his space mission in aurora 7, trashes his ability as a asronaut and his career at NASA. Chris Kraft blamed all the problems that happened on Aurora 7 on Scott Carpenter. Shame on Chris Craft. SOUR GRAPES.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 1, 2003
This is the most exciting space book there is out there. It's a real behind the scenes look at NASA from Mercury to Apollo. Told very well, easy to follow. A definate must read bio!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.