One Giant Leap: Apollo 11 Remembered

One Giant Leap: Apollo 11 Remembered

by Piers Bizony
     
 

The first moon landing in July 1969 captured the imagination of the world as no subsequent “space spectacular” has. Forty years later, space historian Piers Bizony has produced a stunning visual record of this unparalleled mission. Drawing on high-resolution images from the entire suite of Apollo 11’s on-board film

Overview

The first moon landing in July 1969 captured the imagination of the world as no subsequent “space spectacular” has. Forty years later, space historian Piers Bizony has produced a stunning visual record of this unparalleled mission. Drawing on high-resolution images from the entire suite of Apollo 11’s on-board film magazines, the book presents a complete picture of the mission: the launch, the astronauts’ lives inside the spacecraft, the landing and moon walk, and finally the return to earth to worldwide acclaim. Accompanying these remarkable images, many published here for the first time, is Bizony’s fascinating essay on the lasting cultural and emotional impact of the mission. Quotes from astronauts, scientists, and literary commentators add an extra dimension to Bizony’s account.

Apollo 11 may have happened a long time ago, Bizony remarks, but it casts an important shadow over today’s generation. Can we live up to it and learn from it--or even repeat its achievements with new spacecraft? However tempting it might be to assume that our advanced modern society could go back to the moon, it is an unavoidable fact, as this book makes clear, that Apollo 11 was an event that may never be replayed. One Giant Leap gives modern readers the information and perspective for thinking about Apollo 11 and space exploration in general in an entirely new way.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

The first two-thirds of this pictorial history of the Apollo 11 moon mission, which took place in July 1969, includes text by Bizony (The Man Who Ran the Moon: James E. Webb, NASA, and the Secret History of Project Apollo) and pictures from the mission. The final third is a selection of mostly color photos taken before, during, and after the flight. Via analytical and penetrating text, Bizony puts Apollo 11 and the entire space race in historical context. He compares the first moon mission to the United States' current planned crusade and finds that the Apollo program was one of the greatest engineering achievements of all time. The new moon program will take much longer to complete, a demonstration of the space race urgency of the 1960s and NASA's remarkable ability to fulfill its first moon landing. Engineers in the current program are examining hardware from the Apollo program to get design ideas. VERDICT The selection of pictures is outstanding. Readers will recognize many of them yet will still be enthralled. Recommended for space buffs.—Jeffrey Beall, Univ. of Colorado Lib., Denver


—Jeffrey Beall

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780760337103
Publisher:
MBI Publishing Company
Publication date:
05/01/2009
Edition description:
First
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
9.80(w) x 10.40(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Piers Bizony has written about science, aerospace and cosmology for a wide variety of magazines in the United Kingdom and the United States. His previous books include 2001: Filming the Future, The Rivers of Mars (shortlisted for the NASA/Eugene M. Emme Award for Astronautical Writing), Starman (a biography of Yuri Gargarin) and Space: 50, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and HarperCollins, marking the 50th anniversary of Sputnik. His latest project, Atom, is linked with a major BBC TV series on the discovery of quantum physics.

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