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One giant leap : the impossible mission that flew us to the moon

by Fishman, Charles, 1961-

Format: Large Print 2019.
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From New York Times bestselling author of The Wal-Mart Effect , Charles Fishman reveals the untold true story of the men and women charged with taking the United States to the Moon.

President John F. Kennedy astonished the world on May 25, 1961, when he announced to Congress that the United States would land a man on the Moon by 1970. No group was more surprised than the engineers at NASA. On the day of the historic speech, America had a total of fifteen minutes of spaceflight experience--with just five of those minutes outside the atmosphere. In fact, Soviet canines had more spaceflight experience than US astronauts.

To fulfill President Kennedy's mandate, NASA engineers had to invent space travel. When Kennedy announced his goal, no one knew how to navigate to the Moon. No one knew how to build a rocket big enough to fly to the Moon. No one knew how to build a computer small enough to put on that rocket. No one knew how to feed astronauts in space, and no one knew how astronauts would even use the bathroom in space. And NASA had just nine years to make it happen.

In One Giant Leap , Charles Fishman introduces readers to the men and women tasked with putting a man on the moon. From the halls of MIT, where the eccentric and legendary digital pioneer Charles Draper created the two computers aboard Apollo 11 , to the factories where hundreds of women weaved computer programs with copper wire, Fishman captures the sweeping achievement of these ordinary Americans. This is the captivating story of men and women charged with changing the world as we know it--their leaders, their triumphs, their near disasters, all of which led to arguably the greatest success story of the twentieth century.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Fishman eschews a chronological approach to the Apollo moon missions in favor of a focus on technical problems, momentous or trivial, spotlighting the engineers or technicians who tackled them. Obscure even to space history enthusiasts, Jack Kinzler and Thomas Moser receive credit from Fishman for what became Apollo's iconic images, astronauts saluting the American flag. They realized that NASA had no plan to take flags to the moon, perhaps because the space agency was so absorbed by such crucial challenges as designing reliable rockets, spacecraft, and computers. After delving into a fundamental decision to rendezvous spacecraft in lunar, not Earth, orbit, Fishman details the problems involved in developing Apollo's computers. Enter Bill Tindall, whose success in fixing them earns Fishman's praise as The Man Who Saved Apollo. Tindall's trouble-shooting influence extended to his initiating contingency plans for failure of a service module engine, as would happen on Apollo 13. Addressing the scale and expense of Apollo, Fishman concludes with an emphatic affirmation of its worth in a work that will reward readers with new angles on a familiar story.--Gilbert Taylor Copyright 2019 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Astronauts take a back seat to politicians, project managers, engineers, and the marvelous machines they created in this engrossing history of the moon landings. Journalist Fishman (The Wal-Mart Effect) presents a loose-jointed, episodic account of the Apollo program, from President Kennedy's 1961 promise to put men on the moon to the 1969 Apollo 11 landing. The project initially seemed impossible with existing technology (and pointless to naysayers who dubbed it a "moondoggle") but succeeded through largely unsung breakthroughs that Fishman describes with inquisitive relish: the small, underpowered (at "0.000002 percent of the computing capacity of the phone in your pocket"), but brilliant Apollo Guidance Computer, literally hand-woven from wire and magnets; the painstaking, counterintuitive procedures for orbital rendezvous of spaceships, which require slowing down to catch up; the hidden metal frame that made an American flag seem to ripple in a phantom moon-breeze. The author also explores the organizational prowess and maniacal attention to detail required of Apollo's 400,000-plus workers to ensure that the gadgetry worked near perfectly in space, where any glitch could spell disaster. Fishman's knack for explaining science and engineering and his infectious enthusiasm for Apollo's can-do wizardry make for a fascinating portrait of a technological heroic age. Agent: Raphael Sagalyn, ICM/Sagalyn. (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Series Thorndike Press large print popular and narrative nonfiction.
Subjects Project Apollo (U.S.) -- History.
United States. -- National Aeronautics and Space Administration -- Officials and employees.
Apollo 11 (Spacecraft)
Space flight to the moon -- History.
Manned space flight.
Astronautics -- United States -- History.
Space race.
Large type books.
Moon -- Exploration.
Publisher Farmington Hills, Mich :2019.
Edition Large print edition.
Other Titles 1 giant leap
Language English
Description 827 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 615-824).
ISBN 9781432865405
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