Chariots for Apollo: The NASA History of Manned Lunar Spacecraft to 1969 Dover Books on Astronomy

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Dover Publications #ad - The authors conducted numerous interviews with the project's participants and relied heavily on NASA's extensive archives. Millions around the world watched as the Apollo 11 astronauts "came in peace for all mankind" to take humanity's first steps on the moon. Their mission's triumph was equally attributable to a less visible crew of nearly 400, 000 people in hundreds of different organizations.

In addition to several appendixes, the text is supplemented with more than 100 photographs and illustrations that recapture the efforts of the dedicated team of thousands who reached for the moon. Written by a trio of experts, it chronicles the engineering and management contributions to the success of Project Apollo, starting with the creation of NASA itself and tracing the design and development of the project's spacecraft and lunar vehicles as well as their operation in space.

Chariots for Apollo: The NASA History of Manned Lunar Spacecraft to 1969 Dover Books on Astronomy #ad - Refreshingly free of jargon and technical language, this accessible account focuses on the coordination of efforts behind the production of the Apollo service, command, and lunar modules. This official naSA history reveals the human story behind an epic achievement. It covers three phases of spacecraft evolution: defining and designing the necessary vehicles; developing and qualifying them for the task; and operating them to achieve their objectives.

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On The Shoulders of Titans: A History of Project Gemini The NASA History Series

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CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform #ad - Gemini thus kept americans in space between the path-breaking but limited Earth-orbital missions of Project Mercury and the far more ambitious Project Apollo, which climaxed in 1969 when two men first set foot on the Moon. They included many firsts: first astronaut-controlled maneuvering in space; first rendezvous in space of one spacecraft with another; first docking of one spacecraft with a propulsive stage and use of that stage to transfer man to high altitude; first traverse of man into the Earth's radiation belts; first extended manned flights of a week or more in duration; first extended stays of man outside his spacecraft; first controlled reentry and precision landing; and many more.

These achievements were significant in ways one cannot truly evaluate even today, but two things stand out: 1 it was the time when America caught up and surpassed the Soviet Union in manned space flight, and 2 these demonstrations of capability were an absolute prerequisite to the phenomenal Apollo accomplishments then yet to come.

On The Shoulders of Titans: A History of Project Gemini The NASA History Series #ad - Because of its position between these two other efforts, Gemini is probably less remembered. Gemini was the intermediate manned space flight program between America's first steps into space with Mercury and the amazing and unprecedented accomplishments achieved during the manned lunar expeditions of Apollo.

This book is a detailed history of the failures and victories of the Gemini program. Still, it more than had its place in man's progress into this new frontier. Project gemini is now little remembered, having vanished into that special limbo reserved for the successful intermediate steps in a fast-moving technological advance.

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This New Ocean: A History of Project Mercury The NASA History Series

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CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform #ad - This book is an attempt to describe the origins, preparation, and nature of America’s first achievements in manned space flight. Mankind in the past few years has sailed on one of its greatest adventures, the exploration of near space. Transgressing old laws of terrestrial navigation and amending newer laws of aerodynamics, man has combined the experience gained from aviation and rocket technology with the science of celestial mechanics, thus to accomplish for the first time manned orbital circumnavigation.

This New Ocean: A History of Project Mercury The NASA History Series #ad - Men have cast off their physical and mental moorings to Earth, and a few have learned to live in balance with their gravisphere and above their atmosphere. The initial american voyages in this new epic of exploration and discovery were products of Project Mercury, an intensive national program mobilizing creative science and technology to orbit and retrieve a manned Earth satellite.

. Neither a history of the national aeronautics and space administration NASA nor a comparative study of the competition in space between the United States and the Soviet Union, this narrative spans the basic events in the managerial and technological history of Project Mercury.

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

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Henry Holt and Co. #ad - 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. The full story of apollo 8 has never been told, and only Jeffrey Kluger―Jim Lovell’s co-author on their bestselling book about Apollo 13―can do it justice.

The race to prepare an untested rocket for an unprecedented journey paves the way for the hair-raising trip to the moon. Meanwhile, the cold war was getting hotter by the month, the Russians were winning the space race, and President Kennedy’s promise to put a man on the moon by the end of the decade seemed sure to be broken.

Apollo 8: The Thrilling Story of the First Mission to the Moon #ad - 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. 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 humankind’s first flight to the moon.

Henry holt. 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 astronaut’s homes, from the test labs to the launch pad.

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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Project Mercury: America in Space Series

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Schiffer #ad - Henry holt. Project mercury was, however, the foundation for NASA's later success in the race to the moon. When the program began in 1958, the Soviet Union was far ahead of the US in the race for supremacy in space. With immense effort, and in record time, NASA, the newly created spaceflight organization, developed a space transport system with orbital capsule and booster rockets.

Project Mercury: America in Space Series #ad - They used it to send alan shepard on a first suborbital "jump" into space in May 1961, and in February 1962 to make John Glenn the first American astronaut to orbit the earth. Superb color, archival images, cutaways and plans are also included. Nevertheless, the americans were beaten by the Soviets in the race to put the first man into space.

. All project mercury missions are discussed, including details on all craft and the astronauts involved. Project mercury was America's entry into the manned spaceflight program.

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Rocket Ranch: The Nuts and Bolts of the Apollo Moon Program at Kennedy Space Center Springer Praxis Books

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Springer #ad - Descriptions of early operations include a harrowing account of the heroic efforts of pad workers during the Apollo 1 fire. A companion to the author’s book countdown to a Moon Launch: Preparing Apollo for Its Historic Journey, this explores every facet of the facilities that served as the base for the Apollo/Saturn missions.

Technicians performed intricate operations, snakes, explosives, including lightning, highly-toxic fuels, LOX spills, and hazards abounded everywhere, fire, heat, and even plutonium. The only thing missing is the smell of rocket fuel in the morning. Cape canaveral and Kennedy Space Center were buzzing with activity.

Rocket Ranch: The Nuts and Bolts of the Apollo Moon Program at Kennedy Space Center Springer Praxis Books #ad - The reward for months of 7-day workweeks under intense pressure was witnessing a Saturn V at liftoff. For anyone who ever wished they had worked at Kennedy Space Center during the Apollo era, this book is the next best thing. The era of the apollo/Saturn missions was perhaps the most exciting period in American space exploration history.

Henry holt. Hundreds of illustrations complement the firsthand accounts of more than 70 Apollo program managers and engineers. Jonathan ward takes the reader deep into the facilities at Kennedy Space Center to describe NASA’s first computer systems used for spacecraft and rocket checkout and explain how tests and launches proceeded.

Thousands of workers came to town to build the facilities and launch the missions needed to put an American on the Moon before the end of the decade.

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Project Gemini: America in Space Series

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Schiffer #ad - Like almost every significant undertaking, Project Gemini also had its dramas and tragedies. Henry holt. It was not all success, however. This program was the turning point in the space race with the USSR; from then on the Americans took the lead. In just two-and-a-half years, beginning in 1964, two unmanned and ten manned flights took place in the Gemini program.

Superb color, archival images, cutaways and plans are also included. All project gemini missions are discussed, including details on allcraft and the astronauts involved. Flights lasting two weeks, into the van allen belt, the first extravehicular activities, rendezvous maneuvers and docking with other spacecraft―all of this was achieved by Gemini, paving the way for the more demanding moon landing program.

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Project Apollo: The Early Years, 1961-1967 America in Space Series

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Schiffer #ad - In may 1961, american president John F. After that, just twenty more months would pass before man set foot on another celestial body for the first time. Ten months after the catastrophe, America’s moon rocket, however, the Saturn V, made its triumphal unmanned maiden flight. Henry holt. This volume covers the early years of the Apollo program 1960-1967, still the most significant space effort in the history of mankind.

Schiffer Publishing. In a very short time, the apollo spacecraft, NASA developed the mighty Saturn rockets, and the lunar lander. Kennedy committed the nation to carrying out a manned landing on the moon before the end of the decade. This breathtaking development came at a cost, however, Roger Chaffee, as in 1967 astronauts Virgil Grissom, and Edward White lost their lives during a test.

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Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man's First Journey to the Moon

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Random House #ad - Drawn from hundreds of hours of one-on-one interviews with the astronauts, their loved ones, and filled with vivid and unforgettable detail, and myriad experts, NASA personnel, Rocket Men is the definitive account of one of America’s finest hours. And rocket men,  under Robert Kurson’s compelling narrative, is that under-told story.

Neil degrasse tyson“rocket Men is a riveting introduction to the Apollo 8 flight. Kurson details the mission in crisp, suspenseful scenes. And it would all happen at Christmas. A gripping book. The new york times Book Review Henry holt. With its back against the wall, nasa made an almost unimaginable leap: It would scrap its usual methodical approach and risk everything on a sudden launch, sending the first men in history to the Moon—in just four months.

Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man's First Journey to the Moon #ad - In a year of historic violence and discord—the Tet Offensive, the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. The riots at the democratic national convention in Chicago—the Apollo 8 mission would be the boldest, and Robert Kennedy, riskiest test of America’s greatness under pressure. That mission was Apollo 8.

In this gripping insider account, frank borman, a conflicted man on his final mission; idealistic Jim Lovell, Robert Kurson puts the focus on the three astronauts and their families: the commander, who’d dreamed since boyhood of riding a rocket to the Moon; and Bill Anders, a young nuclear engineer and hotshot fighter pilot making his first space flight.

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

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Simon & Schuster #ad - With his teammates, he accepted the challenge to carry out President John F. What appeared as nearly flawless missions to the Moon were, in fact, a series of hair-raising near misses. Simon Schuster. 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 participated in the space program from the early days of the Mercury program to the last Apollo mission, and beyond. Schiffer Publishing. 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 America’s manned space program and was a key player in it for three decades. As a flight director in naSA’s Mission Control, Kranz witnessed firsthand the making of history. Kranz recounts these thrilling historic events and offers new information about the famous flights.

Failure Is Not an Option: Mission Control From Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond #ad - Henry holt. 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. He helped to launch alan shepard and John Glenn, then assumed the flight director’s role in the Gemini program, which he guided to fruition.

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Where No Man Has Gone Before: A History of NASA's Apollo Lunar Expeditions Dover Books on Astronomy

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Dover Publications #ad - Johnson space center's collection of more than 31, 000 Apollo-related documents and conducted more than 300 interviews with program participants to assemble this definitive survey. This official nasa history chronicles the behind-the-scenes conflicts and cooperation during the Apollo expeditions. The author drew upon the Lyndon B.

It shows how the space agency's scientists, worked out their differences with the engineers, who were primarily interested in the moon itself, who were charged with the astronauts' safe landing and return. Simon Schuster. Buy with confidence! Millions of books sold! Condition: New. Tracking provided on most orders.

Where No Man Has Gone Before: A History of NASA's Apollo Lunar Expeditions Dover Books on Astronomy #ad - Notes: brand new from publisher! 100% satisfaction guarantee. Henry holt. The second half documents the flights that followed Apollo 11, during which twelve astronauts explored the lunar surface and returned with samples for investigation. Isbn13: 9780486478883. Schiffer Publishing. The close collaboration between the scientists and engineers ensured the success of a program that remains a major achievement for both fields.

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