In the Shadow of the Moon

A Challenging Journey to Tranquility, 1965-1969

French, Francis

Book - 2007
Average Rating: 5 stars out of 5.
In the Shadow of the Moon
Baker & Taylor
A detailed account of the competition between the U.S. and Soviet Union to land a man on the moon draws on interviews with astronauts, cosmonauts, technicians, and scientists, as well as little known government documents, to chronicle the golden age of spaceflight and the experiences, aspirations, and determination of the people who made the first moon landing possible.

Univ of Nebraska
In the Shadow of the Moon tells the story of the most exciting and challenging years in spaceflight, with two superpowers engaged in a titanic struggle to land one of their own people on the moon. While describing awe-inspiring technical achievements, the authors go beyond the missions and the competition of the space race to focus on the people who made it all possible. Their book explores the inspirations, ambitions, personalities, and experiences of the select few whose driving ambition was to fly to the moon.

Drawing on interviews with astronauts, cosmonauts, their families, technicians, and scientists, as well as rarely seen Soviet and American government documents, the authors craft a remarkable story of the golden age of spaceflight as both an intimate human experience and a rollicking global adventure. From the Gemini flights to the Soyuz space program to the earliest Apollo missions, including the legendary first moon landing, their book draws a richly detailed picture of the space race as an endeavor equally endowed with personal meaning and political significance.

Publisher: Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, c2007
ISBN: 0803211287
Branch Call Number: 629.454 F
Characteristics: xix, 425 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Burgess, Colin 1947-


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