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In the shadow of the moon : a challenging journey to Tranquility, 1965-1969 / Francis French and Colin Burgess ; with a foreword by Walter Cunningham.

By: French, Francis.
Contributor(s): Burgess, Colin, 1947-.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Outward odyssey: Publisher: Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, c2007Description: xix, 425 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780803211285 (cloth : alk. paper); 0803211287 (cloth : alk. paper); 9780803229792 (pbk.); 0803229798 (pbk.).Subject(s): Project Apollo (U.S.) | Space flight to the moon | Astronautics -- United States -- History -- 20th century | Space race -- HistoryDDC classification: 629.45/4
Contents:
List of illustrations -- Foreword -- Acknowledgments -- Gemini raises the bar -- A rendezvous in space -- The ballet of weightlessness -- The risk stuff -- The astronaut enigma -- Starting over -- Leaving the good earth -- A test pilot's dream -- The highest mountain -- Epilogue -- References.
Summary: This book tells the story of the most exciting and challenging years in spaceflight, with two superpowers engaged in a titanic struggle to land one of their own people on the moon. Drawing on interviews with astronauts, cosmonauts, their families, technicians, and scientists, as well as rarely seen Soviet and American government documents, the authors craft a story of the golden age of spaceflight as both an intimate human experience and a global adventure.--[book cover]
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [413]-425).

This book tells the story of the most exciting and challenging years in spaceflight, with two superpowers engaged in a titanic struggle to land one of their own people on the moon. Drawing on interviews with astronauts, cosmonauts, their families, technicians, and scientists, as well as rarely seen Soviet and American government documents, the authors craft a story of the golden age of spaceflight as both an intimate human experience and a global adventure.--[book cover]

List of illustrations -- Foreword -- Acknowledgments -- 1. Gemini raises the bar -- 2. A rendezvous in space -- 3. The ballet of weightlessness -- 4. The risk stuff -- 5. The astronaut enigma -- 6. Starting over -- 7. Leaving the good earth -- 8. A test pilot's dream -- 9. The highest mountain -- Epilogue -- References.

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CHOICE Review

French and Burgess present a first-rate, detailed, and very personal account of the space race to the moon from President Kennedy's challenge in May 1961 to the US moon landing in 1969. Through interviews with astronauts, cosmonauts, their families, and NASA staff and administrators, readers learn of the background, education, training, motivations, personality, frustrations, and accomplishments of each of the early space explorers and their experiences prior to, during, and after each moon mission. More space is devoted to the American than to the Soviet program. The reader learns of astronauts' trials, tribulations, and tensions that include dalliances at Cape Kennedy, the effect of divorce on careers, vying for position on future flights, attitudes toward publicity and the press, and the degree of success each astronaut had after leaving NASA. There are recent black-and-white pictures of the astronauts and 13 pages of references but unfortunately no index. This very readable, highly personal account of humankind's reach for the moon is strongly recommended both as a study of the social interactions among this unique group of people and as a gripping series of anecdotes that describe the exciting, dangerous steps behind the successful moon landing. Summing Up: Recommended. All levels. W. E. Howard III formerly, Universities Space Research Association

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Francis French is the former director of events for Sally Ride Science, and the current director of education at the San Diego Air & Space Museum. Colin Burgess is a former flight service director with Qantasnbsp;Airways and the author of many books on spaceflight, including Fallen Astronauts: Heroes Who Died Reaching for the Moon , available in a Bison Books edition. He is the coauthor with Francis French of Into That Silent Sea: Trailblazers of the Space Era, 1961-1965 (Nebraska 2007). A NASA astronaut from 1963 to 1971, Walter Cunningham was a crew member on the first manned Apollo flight.

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