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

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Penguin Books Limited, 2009 - Astronauts - 670 pages
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.

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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

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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

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About the author (2009)

Born in 1956, Andrew Chaikin grew up in Great Neck, New York, with a fascination for the heavens and space exploration. While studying geology at Brown University he participated in the Viking mission to Mars at the N A S A/Caltech Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He has worked as a researcher, editor, writer, commentator and television consultant. A Man on the Moon is the result of eight years' research and writing, including interviews with each of the twenty-three surviving Apollo voyagers. Chaikin lives in Arlington, Massachusetts.

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