Failure Is Not an Option: Mission Control From Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond

By | June 21, 2017
Failure Is Not an Option: Mission Control From Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond Author Gene Kranz
ISBN-10 1439148813
ISBN-13 9781439148815
Year 2009-06-23
Pages 416
Language English
Publisher Simon & Schuster
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This memoir of a veteran NASA flight director tells riveting stories from the early days of the Mercury program through Apollo 11 the moon landing and Apollo 13 for both of which Kranz was flight director Gene Kranz was present at the creation of Americas manned space program and was a key player in it for three decades As a flight director in NASAs Mission Control Kranz witnessed firsthand the making of history He participated in the space program from the early days of the Mercury program to the last Apollo mission and beyond He endured the disastrous first years when rockets blew up and the United States seemed to fall further behind the Soviet Union in the space race He helped to launch Alan Shepard and John Glenn then assumed the flight directors role in the Gemini program which he guided to fruition With his teammates he accepted the challenge to carry out President John F Kennedys commitment to land a man on the Moon before the end of the 1960s Kranz recounts these thrilling historic events and offers new information about the famous flights What appeared as nearly flawless missions to the Moon were in fact a series of hair raising near misses When the space technology failed as it sometimes did the controllers only recourse was to rely on their skills and those of their teammates He reveals behind the scenes details to demonstrate the leadership discipline trust and teamwork that made the space program a success A fascinating firsthand account by a veteran mission controller of one of Americas greatest achievements Failure is Not an Option reflects on what has happened to the space program and offers his own bold suggestions about what we ought to be doing in space now

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