Apollo 8: The Thrilling Story of the First Mission to the Moon

By | November 1, 2017
Apollo 8: The Thrilling Story of the First Mission to the Moon Author Jeffrey Kluger
ISBN-10 1627798323
ISBN-13 9781627798327
Year 2017-05-16
Pages 320
Language English
Publisher Henry Holt and Co.
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The untold story of the historic voyage to the moon that closed out one of our darkest years with a nearly unimaginable triumphIn August 1968 NASA made a bold decision in just sixteen weeks the United States would launch humankinds first flight to the moon Only the year before three astronauts had burned to death in their spacecraft and since then the Apollo program had suffered one setback after another Meanwhile the Russians were winning the space race the Cold War was getting hotter by the month and President Kennedys promise to put a man on the moon by the end of the decade seemed sure to be broken But when Frank Borman Jim Lovell and Bill Anders were summoned to a secret meeting and told of the dangerous mission they instantly signed on Written with all the color and verve of the best narrative non fiction Apollo 8 takes us from Mission Control to the astronauts homes from the test labs to the launch pad The race to prepare an untested rocket for an unprecedented journey paves the way for the hair raising trip to the moon Then on Christmas Eve a nation that has suffered a horrendous year of assassinations and war is heartened by an inspiring message from the trio of astronauts in lunar orbit And when the mission is overafter the first view of the far side of the moon the first earth rise and the first re entry through the earths atmosphere following a flight to deep spacethe impossible dream of walking on the moon suddenly seems within reach The full story of Apollo 8 has never been told and only Jeffrey KlugerJim Lovells co author on their bestselling book about Apollo 13can do it justice Here is the tale of a mission that was both a calculated risk and a wild crapshoot a stirring account of how three American heroes forever changed our view of the home planet

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