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One giant leap : the impossible mission that flew us to the Moon / Charles Fishman.

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Covington Branch 629.454 F537o 2019 (Text) 33126024639787 New Adult Nonfiction Available -
Erlanger Branch 629.454 F537o 2019 (Text) 33126024639803 New Adult Nonfiction Available -
Wm. E. Durr Branch 629.454 F537o 2019 (Text) 33126024639795 New Adult Nonfiction Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781501106293
  • ISBN: 1501106295
  • Physical Description: xiii, 464 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2019.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages [423]-445) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Preface: The mystery of moondust -- Tranquility Base & the world we all live in -- The Moon to the rescue -- "The full speed of freedom" -- The fourth crew member -- The man who saved Apollo -- JFK's secret space tapes -- How do you fly to the moon? -- NASA almost forgets the flag -- How Apollo really did change the world.
Summary, etc.:
"President John F. Kennedy astonished the world on May 25, 1961, when he announced to Congress that the United States should land a man on the Moon by 1970. No group was more surprised than the scientists and engineers at NASA, who suddenly had less than a decade to invent space travel. When Kennedy announced that goal, no one knew how to navigate to the Moon. No one knew how to build a rocket big enough to reach the Moon, or how to build a computer small enough (and powerful enough) to fly a spaceship there. No one knew what the surface of the Moon was like, or what astronauts could eat as they flew there. On the day of Kennedy's historic speech, America had a total of fifteen minutes of spaceflight experience--with just five of those minutes outside the atmosphere. Russian dogs had more time in space than U.S. astronauts. Over the next decade, more than 400,000 scientists, engineers, and factory workers would send 24 astronauts to the Moon. Each hour of space flight would require one million hours of work back on Earth to get America to the Moon on July 20, 1969. Fifty years later, One Giant Leap is the sweeping, definitive behind-the-scenes account of the furious race to complete one of mankind's greatest achievements. It's a story filled with surprises--from the item the astronauts almost forgot to take with them (the American flag), to the extraordinary impact Apollo would have back on Earth, and on the way we live today. Charles Fishman introduces readers to the men and women who had to solve 10,000 problems before astronauts could reach the Moon. From the research labs of MIT, where the eccentric and legendary pioneer Charles Draper created the tools to fly the Apollo spaceships, to the factories where dozens of women sewed spacesuits, parachutes, and even computer hardware by hand, Fishman captures the exceptional feats of these ordinary Americans. One Giant Leap is the captivating story of men and women charged with changing the world as we knew it--their leaders, their triumphs, their near disasters, all of which led to arguably the greatest success story, and the greatest adventure story, of the twentieth century."--Dust jacket.
Subject: Project Apollo (U.S.) > History.
Space flight to the moon > History.
United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration > Officials and employees.
Project Apollo (U.S.)
Apollo 11 (Spacecraft)
Manned space flight.
Astronautics > United States > History.
Moon > Exploration.
Space race.

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