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A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts

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By: Andrew Chaikin

Penguin Books

Paperback | Mar 2008 | #169418 | ISBN-13: 9780140241464
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The race to the moon was won spectacularly by Apollo 11 on 20 July 1969. When astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took their 'giant step' across a ghostly lunar landscape, they were watched by some 600 million people on Earth 250,000 miles away. "A Man on the Moon" is the definitive account of the heroic Apollo programme: from the tragedy of the fire in Apollo 1 during a simulated launch, through the euphoria of the first moonwalk, to the discoveries made by the first scientist in space aboard Apollo 17. Drawing on hundreds of hours of in-depth interviews with the astronauts and team, this is the story of the twentieth century's greatest human achievement, minute-by-minute, in the words of those who were there.


BOOK 1: "Fire in the Cockpit!"; The Office; First Around the Moon (Apollo 8) - The Decision, A Hole in the Stars, "In the Beginning"; "It's All Over but the Shouting"; "Before This Decade Is Out" - The Parlay, "We Is Down Among 'Em!", Down to the Wire; The First Lunar Landing (Apollo 11) - The Eagle has landed, Magnificent Desolation, "Before This Decade Is Out". BOOK 2: Sailors on the Ocean of Storms (Apollo 12) - The Education of Alan Bean, Shore Leave, In the Belly of the Snowman; The Crown of an Astronaut's Career (Apollo 13) - A Change of Fortune, The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress, The Chill of Space; The Story of a Full-up Mission (Apollo 14) - Big Al Flies Again, To the Promised Land, Solo, The Climb. BOOK 3: The Scientist; A Fire to Be Lighted; To the Mountains of the Moon (Apollo 15) - "Exploration at Its Greatest", High Point, The Spirit of Galileo, The Final Selection; The Unexpected Moon (Apollo 16) - Luna Incognita, "You Just Bit Off More Than You Can Chew", "Or Wherever Geologists Go"; The Last Men on the Moon (Apollo 17) - Sunrise at Midnight, Apollo at the Limit, Witnesses to the Earthrise. EPILOGUE: The Audiences of the Moon. APPENDICES: Astronaut Biographical Information; Persons Interviewed; Apollo Mission Data.

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