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A man on the moon : the voyages of the Apollo astronauts

by Chaikin, Andrew, 1956-

Format: Print Book 1998
Availability: Available at 6 Libraries 6 of 6 copies
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Bethel Park Public Library Nonfiction 629.454 CH
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CLP - East Liberty Non-Fiction Collection TL789.8.U6 A5244 1998x
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Community Library of Castle Shannon Non Fiction 629.454 Chaikin
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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Non-Fiction 629.454 Cha
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Northland Public Library Nonfiction 629.454 C34
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Shaler North Hills Library Non-Fiction 629.454 C
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On the night of July 20, 1969, our world changed forever when two Americans, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, walked on the moon. Now the greatest event of the twentieth century is magnificently retold through the eyes and ears of the people who were there. Based on the interviews with twenty-three moon voyagers, as well as those who struggled to get the program moving, journalist Andrew Chaikin conveys every aspect of the missions with breathtaking immediacy: from the rush of liftoff, to the heart-stopping lunar touchdown, to the final hurdle of reentry.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Chaikin believes we have never truly come to terms with the fact that 24 men have left their footprints on the moon. In an effort to document and understand the shift in consciousness that transformed the moon--a celestial body long associated with goddesses, love, madness, and mystery--into a moving target and goal of the world's most sophisticated technology and determined egos, Chaikin conducted numerous interviews with the moon voyagers and their earthbound colleagues who guided and prayed for them. The result is a can't-put-it-down volume that picks up where Tom Wolfe's The Right Stuff left off. These portraits of the men who were willing to be more alone than any human had ever been before are vibrant and compelling. And Chaikin meticulously chronicles each Apollo mission in dramatic detail, describing the dynamics within each trio, the emotions of the astronaut who had to orbit the moon alone while his more glorified comrades romped across powdery moonscapes, and the unprecedented, almost unimaginable experiences of the men who gathered moon rocks and watched the earth rise. This account helps us reclaim the awe these adventures originally inspired, the wonder at such audacity, and the now-ingrained image of the beautiful blue-green Earth spinning hopefully in the austerity of space. ~--Donna Seaman"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Scheduled to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the first lunar landing on July 20, 1969, this chronicle offers a comprehensive, often penetrating look at NASA's Apollo program. Originating in 1961, when President John Kennedy told Congress that the U.S. should attempt to land a man on the moon ``before this decade is out,'' the program's last mission ended in December, 1972, with the splashdown of Apollo 17. Diary-like reports mix with first- and third-person accounts as Chaikin, an editor at Sky & Telescope magazine, delivers a chronological view of the missions and those who planned and flew them. Focusing closely on the Apollo astronauts, including Buzz Aldrin, Pete Conrad and Neil Armstrong, Chaikin gives his topic a sense of immediacy. But his treatment, lengthy as it is, reads more like an extended magazine article. Missing is a view of Apollo in a wider context, one that captures the mythos of our efforts to land on the moon. 40,000 first printing. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Project Apollo (U.S.) -- History.
Space flight to the moon -- History.
Publisher New York, N.Y. :Penguin Books,1998
Contributors Hanks, Tom.
Language English
Description xv, 685 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages [601]-605) and index.
ISBN 9780140272017 (pbk.)
0140272011 (pbk.)
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