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Shoot for the moon : the space race and the extraordinary voyage of Apollo 11  Cover Image Book Book

Shoot for the moon : the space race and the extraordinary voyage of Apollo 11

Donovan, Jim 1954- (author.).

Summary

Summary: "When the alarm went off forty thousand feet above the moon's surface, both astronauts looked down at me computer to see 1202 flashing on the readout. Neither of them knew what it meant, and time was running out... On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the moon. One of the world's greatest technological achievements--and a triumph of American spirit and ingenuity--the Apollo 11 mission was a mammoth undertaking involving more than 410,000 men and women dedicated to winning the space race against the Soviets. Set amid the tensions of the Cold War and the upheavals of the sixties, and filled with first-person, behind-the-scenes details, [this] is a gripping account of the dangers, the challenges, and the sheer determination that defined not only Apollo 11, but also the Mercury and Gemini missions that came before it. From the shock of Sputnik and the heart-stopping final minutes of John Glenn's Mercury flight to the deadly whirligig of Gemini 8, the doomed Apollo 1 mission, and that perilous landing on the Sea of Tranquility--when the entire world held its breath while Armstrong and Aldrin battled computer alarms, low fuel, and other problems--James Donovan tells the whole story. Both sweeping and intimate, Shoot for the Moon is 'a powerfully written and irresistible celebration' (Booklist, starred review) of one of humankind's most extraordinary feats of exploration."--Dust jacket.

Item details

  • ISBN: 9780316341783
  • ISBN: 0316341789
  • Physical Description: print
    viii, 453 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), portraits (some color) ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2019.

Contents / Notes

Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 397-439) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Part I : Up. Cossacks in space -- Of monkeys and men -- "The howling infinite" -- Man on a missile -- Part II : Around. In orbit -- Under pressure -- The Gusmobile ; The walk, and a sky gone berserk -- Part III : Out. Inferno --; Recovery -- Phoenix and earthrise -- "Amiable strangers" -- A practice run and a dress rehearsal -- Part IV : Down. "You're go" -- The translunar express -- Descent to luna -- Moondust.
Subject: Project Apollo (U.S.)
Apollo 11 (Spacecraft)
Space flight to the moon History
new list 20190430
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Aeronautics & Astronautics
SCIENCE / Space Science
HISTORY / United States / 20th Century
Project Apollo (U.S.)
Apollo 11 (Spacecraft)
Space flight to the moon
Apollo project
Space flight to the moon History
Genre: History.

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