The inside, lesser-known story of NASA's boldest and riskiest mission: Apollo 8, mankind's first journey to the Moon on Christmas in 1968. A riveting account of three heroic astronauts who took one of the most dangerous space flights ever, from the New York Times bestselling author of Shadow Divers.
In early 1968, the Apollo program was on shaky footing. President Kennedy's end-of-decade deadline to put a man on the Moon was in jeopardy, and the Soviets were threatening to pull ahead in the space race. By August 1968, with its back against the wall, NASA decided to scrap its usual methodical approach and shoot for the heavens. With just four months to preparea fraction of the normal timethe agency would send the first men in history to the Moon. In a year of historic violence and discordthe Tet offensive, the assassinations of MLK and RFK, the Chicago DNC riotsthe Apollo 8 mission was the boldest test of what America could do. With a focus on astronauts Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and Bill Anders, and their wives and children, this is a vivid, gripping, you-are-there narrative that shows anew the epic danger involved, and the singular bravery it took, for man to leave Earth for the first timeand to arrive at a new world.
|Publisher:||Random House Publishing Group|
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About the Author
ROBERT KURSON earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin, then a law degree from Harvard Law School. His award-winning stories have appeared in Rolling Stone, The New York Times Magazine, and Esquire, where he is a contributing editor. He is the author of Shadow Divers, a New York Times bestseller; Crashing Through, based on Kurson's 2006 National Magazine Award-winning profile in Esquire; and Pirate Hunters, also a New York Times bestseller. He lives in Chicago.
Place of Birth:Chicago, Illinois
Education:B.A. in Philosophy, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1986; J.D., Harvard Law School, 1990
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Table of Contents
Prologue: Countdown 3
Chapter 1 Do You Want To Go To The Moon? 5
Chapter 2 The Space Race 13
Chapter 3 A Secret Plan 29
Chapter 4 Are You Out Of Your Mind? 39
Chapter 5 Frank Borman 53
Chapter 6 Just Four Months 69
Chapter 7 Jim Lovell 84
Chapter 8 Pushed To Superhuman Speeds 99
Chapter 9 Bill Anders 108
Chapter 10 How's Fifty-Fifty? 126
Chapter 11 My God, We Are Really Doing This 136
Chapter 12 Leaving Home 151
Chapter 13 A Deeply Troubled Year 169
Chapter 14 A Critical Test 183
Chapter 15 An Astronaut In Trouble 196
Chapter 16 Equigravisphere 205
Chapter 17 Racing the Moon 220
Chapter 18 Our Most Ancient Companion 228
Chapter 19 Earthrise 233
Chapter 20 The Heaven and the Earth 250
Chapter 21 Aiming for Home 264
Chapter 22 Please Be Informed-There is a Santa Claus 273
Chapter 23 Help From an Old Friend 287
Chapter 24 The Men Who Saved 1968 299
Diagram of Apollo 8 342
Author's Note 345
A Note On Sources 351