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

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

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by Andrew Chaikin
     
 

This acclaimed portrait of heroism and ingenuity captures a watershed moment in human history. The astronauts themselves have called it the definitive account of their missions. On the night of July 20, 1969, our world changed forever when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon. Based on in-depth interviews with twenty-three of the twenty-four moon

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This acclaimed portrait of heroism and ingenuity captures a watershed moment in human history. The astronauts themselves have called it the definitive account of their missions. On the night of July 20, 1969, our world changed forever when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon. Based on in-depth interviews with twenty-three of the twenty-four moon voyagers, as well as those who struggled to get the program moving, A Man on the Moon conveys every aspect of the Apollo missions with breathtaking immediacy and stunning detail.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780143112358
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/28/2007
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
720
Sales rank:
148,541
Product dimensions:
5.27(w) x 7.95(h) x 1.46(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents


Foreword     v
Preface     viii
Acknowledgments     xi
Prologue     1
Book 1
"Fire in the Cockpit!"     11
The Office     27
First Around the Moon (Apollo 8)     56
The Decision     56
A Hole in the Stars     82
"In the Beginning..."     107
"It's All Over but the Shouting"     125
"Before This Decade Is Out"     135
The Parlay     135
"We Is Down Among 'Em!"     150
Down to the Wire     160
The First Lunar Landing (Apollo 11)     184
The Eagle Has Landed     184
Magnificent Desolation     200
"Before This Decade Is Out"     219
Book 2
Sailors on the Ocean of Storms (Apollo 12)     231
The Education of Alan Bean     231
Shore Leave     253
In the Belly of the Snowman     270
The Crown of an Astronaut's Career (Apollo 13)     285
A Change of Fortune     285
The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress     303
The Chill of Space     318
The Story of a Full-up Mission (Apollo 14)     337
Big Al Flies Again     337
To the Promised Land     352
Solo     360
The Climb     364
Book 3
The Scientist     383
A Fire to Be Lighted     398
To the Mountains of the Moon (Apollo 15)     411
"Exploration at Its Greatest"     411
High Point     423
The Spirit of Galileo     437
The Final Selection     444
The Unexpected Moon (Apollo 16)     452
Luna Incognita     452
"You Just Bit Off More Than You Can Chew"     477
"...Or Wherever Geologists Go"     482
The Last Men on the Moon (Apollo 17)     495
Sunrise at Midnight     495
Apollo at the Limit     516
Witnesses to the Earthrise     531
Epilogue: The Audiences of the Moon     553
Afterword: A People Without Limits     587
Astronaut Biographical Information     597
Persons Interviewed     607
Apollo Mission Data     610
Bibliography     615
Author's Notes     621
Index     663

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