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

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Penguin, 1994 - Astronauts - 670 pages
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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.

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Great overview of the Apollo era. - Goodreads
Very informative, but not necessarily a page turner. - Goodreads
A simply magnificent portrayal of the Apollo program. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Gkarlives - LibraryThing

This book was used as one source of material for the great HBO miniseries "From Earth to the Moon" produced by Tom Hanks. The book adds even more detail to the story than the series, such as ... Read full review

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User Review  - Remo - Goodreads

This is a really well-written history of the Apollo program, and Chaikin does an excellent job of keeping the story flowing and interesting. The parts on geology are really nice. Read the 'notes ... Read full review


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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.

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