Following the fortieth anniversary of Apollo 11, as NASA prepares to return astronauts to the moon, Footprints in the Dust offers a thorough, engrossing, and multifaceted account of the Apollo missions.
The flight of Apollo 11 was a triumph of human endeavor, persistence, and technology, one of the greatest achievements in human history. This book begins with the mission that sent Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin to the moon, then follows American spaceflight through the harrowing rescue of Apollo 13 before moving on to the successful joint Apollo-Soyuz mission in 1975. Drawing on extensive research and interviews with key figures in the space program, the authors convey the human drama and chart the technological marvels that went into the Apollo missions. They also put the accomplishments of American spaceflight into historical context, examining the competitive space race with the Soviet Union, the roles of politics and personality in launching the mission, and the consequences, practical and profound, of this giant leap for mankind.
|Publisher:||UNP - Nebraska|
|Series:||Outward Odyssey: A People's History of Spaceflight Series|
|Product dimensions:||6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.70(d)|
About the Author
Colin Burgess is the coauthor of Fallen Astronauts: Heroes Who Died Reaching for the Moon; Into That Silent Sea: Trailblazers of the Space Era, 1961–1965; and In the Shadow of the Moon: A Challenging Journey to Tranquility, 1965–1969, all available from the University of Nebraska Press. Richard F. Gordon was one of the third group of astronauts named by NASA in October 1963. He completed two space flights, as pilot and spacewalker on the Gemini 11 mission and as command module pilot for Apollo 12.
Contributors: Philip Baker, Geoffrey Bowman, Colin Burgess, Stephen Cass, Melvin Croft, Rick Houston, Robert Pearlman, Dominic Phelan, Simon A. Vaughan, and John Youskauskas.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
Rice University Address by President John F. Kennedy
Prologue: Realization of a Dream of Ages
1. The Whole World Was Watching
2. The Eagle and the Bear
3. Rendezvous on the Ocean of Storms
4. Apollo 13, We Have a Solution
5. Altered Directions
6. Science, and a Little Golf
7. A Whole New Focus
8. On a Roll at Hadley
9. Worth the Wait
Simon A. Vaughan
10. One More Time
11. Beyond the Moon
12. The Last Apollo
Epilogue: Souvenirs of Small Steps
Appendix: Apollo-Saturn Missions
List of Contributors
Simon A. Vaughan
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The follow-up to In the Shadow of the Moon. Instead of a co-authored book by Francis French and Colin Burgess, this one is more of an anthology with several writers. It is a step down in quality from Shadow. Some chapters were fairly pedestrian but others did manage to unearth some obscure factoids. Footprints covers Apollo 12 through Apollo 17 and touches on the Skylab flights which were boosted into orbit with the leftover Apollo equipment.