Shoot for the Moon: The Space Race and the Extraordinary Voyage of Apollo 11

Shoot for the Moon: The Space Race and the Extraordinary Voyage of Apollo 11

by James Donovan

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Overview

"This is the best book on Apollo that I have read. Extensively researched and meticulously accurate, it successfully traces not only the technical highlights of the program but also the contributions of the extraordinary people who made it possible." -Mike Collins, command module pilot, Apollo 11
When the alarm went off forty thousand feet above the moon's surface, both astronauts looked down at the 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, Shoot for theMoon 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316341820
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 03/12/2019
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 46,831
File size: 47 MB
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About the Author

James Donovan is the author of the bestselling books The Blood of Heroes: The 13-Day Struggle for the Alamo--and the Sacrifice That Forged a Nation and A Terrible Glory: Custer and the Little Bighorn-the Last Great Battle of the American West. He lives in Dallas, Texas.

Table of Contents

Prologue 3

Part I Up

1 Cossacks in Space 9

2 Of Monkeys and Men 31

3 "The Howling Infinite" 46

4 Man on a Missile 74

Part II Around

5 In Orbit 103

6 Under Pressure 117

7 The Gusmobile 137

8 The Walk, and a Sky Gone Berserk 168

Part III Out

9 Inferno 201

10 Recovery 221

11 Phoenix and Earthrise 243

12 "Amiable Strangers" 262

13 A Practice Run and a Dress Rehearsal 287

Part IV Down

14 "You're Go" 301

15 The Translunar Express 322

16 Descent to Luna 345

17 Moondust 366

Epilogue 390

Acknowledgments 395

Notes 397

Bibliography 429

Index 440

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Shoot for the Moon: The Space Race and the Extraordinary Voyage of Apollo 11 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Grabs you and places you in the space race from V2s to Apollo 11! Terrific insight to the highly complicated, scientifically difficult, and mind numbing problems overcome to get to the moon! A solid read for any baby boomer who thru this era, and also anyone interested in history, science, aerospace and the human spirit to overcome all obstacles.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Excellent read that brought back wonderful memories of the nation’s space program
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a pleasant diversion but contains information already published. The writing of actual Apollo 11 flight (near the end of the book) is lackluster. This is a decent book for someone who doesn't know the history of space flight.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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