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

Front Cover
Penguin, 1994 - Astronauts - 670 pages
On the 25th anniversary of the first landing on the moon, the story of the first men to visit another world. Through the eyes of the astronauts training to land on the moon, this book reveals previously unknown personal details, as the author chronicles the Apollo missions from their disaster-plagued beginnings, through their spectacular climax to their premature end. From flamboyant prankster Pete Conrad to scientist Jack Schmitt, who had to prove he was made of the right stuff to go to the moon, memorable characters abound. With consummate ease, the author makes technological details accessible to the lay person and gives each aspect of the moon voyage, from a Saturn V lift-off to the euphoria of a moon walk, a minute-by-minute feeling of excitement.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - jfe16 - www.librarything.com

Based on hundreds of hours of in-depth interviews with each of the moon voyagers, as well as those working behind the scenes, “A Man on the Moon” speaks to every aspect of the missions undertaken ... Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - Omnigeek - www.librarything.com

One of the best histories ever written on the Apollo program and what it took to put a man on the moon in man's first explorations of another world. This book is the main basis for HBO's fabulous mini ... Read full review


Fire in the Cockpit
The Office
First Around the Moon Apollo 8

14 other sections not shown

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (1994)

Andrew Chaikin was born in 1956. At the age of nine, he became interested in outerspace and the moon when Ed White walked in space on Gemini 4. While studying geology at Brown University, Chaikin worked as an intern at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Upon graduation, he began his writing career, and eventually became an editor at Sky and Telescope magazine in the Boston area. Chaikin has written numerous articles for magazines, including Science Digest, Popular Science, and World Book. Coauthor of the book The New Solar System, the bible for planetary scientists and space artists, Chaikin's biggest accomplishment as a writer is his book A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts. Chaikin spent eight years researching and writing the book, which chronicles the adventures of the astronauts who participated in the Apollo missions. The classic book became the basis for the HBO 12-hour miniseries, "From the Earth to the Moon," which was produced by Apollo 13 actor Tom Hanks. Chaikin served as a consultant on the miniseries, and even had a small cameo in one of the episodes. Chaikin, also a skilled artist, enjoys playing the guitar.

Bibliographic information