. Col. The problems were all technical-communications problems, computer problems, guidance problems, sensor problems. On the way down they would encounter a host of problems, or, even worse, any one of which could have potentially caused them to have to call off the landing, die making the attempt. Somewhere in that 500 mile diameter basin, the astronauts would attempt to make Mankind’s first landing on the Moon.
Landing Eagle: Inside the Cockpit During the First Moon Landing #ad - Neil armstrong would pilot the Lunar Module “Eagle” during its twelve minute descent from orbit down to a landing. Armstrong’s brilliant piloting was complemented by Aldrin’s equally remarkable discipline and calmness as he stoically provided a running commentary on altitude and descent rate while handling systems problems that threatened the landing.
It was actually a bone dry, ancient dusty basin pockmarked with craters and littered with rocks and boulders. Armstrong’s formidable skills as an aviator, honed from the time he was a young boy, would serve him well as he piloted Eagle down amidst a continuing series of systems problems that might have fatally distracted a lesser aviator.
Engle’s transcripts of these recordings, along with background material on the history and technical details behind the enormous effort to accomplish the first Moon landing, give a new and fascinating insight into the events that occurred on that remarkable day fifty years ago.
Apollo 11: The Inside StoryIcon Books Ltd #ad - Terrific and enthralling’ new scientistfifty years ago, Apollo 11 became the first manned mission to land on the Moon, in July 1969, and Neil Armstrong the first man to step on to its surface. He and his crewmates, were the latest men to risk their lives in this extraordinary scientific, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, engineering and human venture that would come to define the era.
In apollo 11: the inside story, david whitehouse reveals the true drama behind the mission, putting it in the context of the wider space race and telling the story in the words of those who took part – based around exclusive interviews with the key players. This enthralling book takes us from the early rocket pioneers to the shock america received from the Soviets’ launch of the first satellite, Sputnik; from the race to put the first person into space to the iconic Apollo 11 landing and beyond, to the agonising drama of the Apollo 13 disaster and the eventual winding-up of the Apollo program.
Apollo 11: The Inside Story #ad - Here is the story as told by the crew of Apollo 11 and the many others who shared in their monumental endeavour. Astronauts, politicians, nasa officials, engineers, Soviet rivals – all tell their own story of a great moment of human achievement.
Carrying the Fire: 50th Anniversary EditionFarrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - Reissued with a new preface by the author on the fiftieth anniversary of the apollo 11 journey to the moonThe years that have passed since Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins piloted the Apollo 11 spacecraft to the moon in July 1969 have done nothing to alter the fundamental wonder of the event: man reaching the moon remains one of the great events—technical and spiritual—of our lifetime.
In carrying the fire, beauty, Collins conveys, the drama, in a very personal way, and humor of that adventure. He also traces his development from his first flight experiences in the air force, through his days as a test pilot, presenting an evocative picture of the joys of flight as well as a new perspective on time, light, to his Apollo 11 space walk, and movement from someone who has seen the fragile earth from the other side of the moon.
Eight Years to the Moon: The History of the Apollo MissionsPage Street Publishing #ad - Told through over 60 personal interviews and oral histories, as well as personal photographs, this tribute to the men and women who made the Apollo 11 mission a reality chronicles the highs and lows that accompanied the race to the Moon: the devastating flash fire that killed the crew of Apollo 1; the awe of those who saw their years-in-the-making contributions to space exploration blast off from Cape Canaveral; the knuckle-biting descent of Apollo 11 to the lunar surface; a near-catastrophic event on the crew’s flight home; the infectious excitement and jubilation across the world after the astronauts returned safely to Earth.
Eight Years to the Moon: The History of the Apollo Missions #ad - These little-known stories of the dedicated engineers, mathematicians and scientists in the 1960s reveal the “hows” of the Apollo missions and bring to life the wonder and excitement of humanity’s first steps on the Moon. A behind-the-scenes look at nasa’s incredible journey to the MoonSpace journalist and insider Nancy Atkinson weaves together the riveting story of NASA’s mission to complete “the greatest adventure on which humankind ever embarked.
This incredible account is a keepsake celebrating some of the most important and dramatic events in modern history.
Sunburst and Luminary: An Apollo MemoirFort Point Press #ad - Along the way the author hits the high points of his eclectic personal life, as he enters adulthood in the 1960s. As he masters his art the reader learns about the computer, the mission, and a bit about spacecraft navigation and meets a cast of interesting characters along the way. As apollo 11 approaches, the author flies lunar landings in simulators and meets the astronauts who will fly the LM for real.
Includes glossary, bibliography, and source notes. A new perspective on the space program in the 1960sFresh out of college, the author goes to work for the MIT laboratory that designed the Apollo guidance system. Foreward by Apollo 15 commander Dave Scott. He writes for students of the apollo project, who will get the author's observations on the art of programming and who may identify as he explores sex, for whom the development of the flight software is still largely unexplored territory, drugs, but also for the young coders of the current digital culture, and the other excitements of the era.
The underlying thesis is that the american space program in the 1960s was successful not in spite of, the freedom of thought, and the sense of exploration, inner and outer, but in large measure because of the idealism, that prevailed in the culture during that period. The memoir concludes in a party atmosphere at the spectacular night launch of Apollo 17 before a glittery crowd an occasion that marked the high water mark, so far, of human space exploration.
Sunburst and Luminary: An Apollo Memoir #ad - He explains the computer alarms that almost prevented Neil Armstrong from landing and describes a narrow escape from another dangerous problem. On apollo 14 he devises a workaround when a faulty pushbutton threatens Alan Shepard's mission, earning a NASA award, a story in Rolling Stone, and a few lines in the history books.
He helps pete conrad achieve a pinpoint landing on Apollo 12, and works with Apollo 16 commander John Young on a technique for landing even more precisely.
The Apollo Chronicles: Engineering America's First Moon MissionsOxford University Press #ad - Set against the backdrop of a turbulent American decade, the narrative whisks audiences through tense deadlines and technical miracles, from President John F. Brown, himself the son of an Apollo engineer, revisits the men and women who toiled behind the lights. Kennedy's 1961 challenge to nasa's 1969 lunar triumph, as engineers confronted wave after wave of previously unthinkable challenges.
Brown immerses readers in key physical hurdles--from building the world's most powerful rockets to keeping humans alive in the hostile void of space--using language free of acronyms and technical jargon. The moon landing of 1969 stands as an iconic moment for both the United States and humankind. The book also pulls back from the detailed tasks and asks larger questions.
The Apollo Chronicles: Engineering America's First Moon Missions #ad - But apollo's full account includes the earthbound engineers, mounds of their crumpled paper, and smoldering metal shards of exploded engines. He relays the defining twentieth-century project from its roots, bringing the engineers' work and personalities to bright life on the page. What did we learn about the Moon? And what can this uniquely innovative project teach us today?
The familiar story focuses on the journey of the brave astronauts, who brought home Moon rocks and startling photographs. How exactly did the nation, step by difficult step, fifty years after the moon landing, take men to the Moon and back?In The Apollo Chronicles, author Brandon R.
Shoot for the Moon: The Space Race and the Extraordinary Voyage of Apollo 11Little, Brown and Company #ad - Learn why nasa astronaut mike collins calls this extraordinary space race story "the best book on Apollo": this inspiring and intimate ode to ingenuity celebrates one of the most daring feats in human history. When the alarm went off forty thousand feet above the moon's surface, both astronauts looked down at the computer to see 1202 flashing on the readout.
Neither of them knew what it meant, and time was running out. On july 20, 1969, neil armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the moon. One of the world's greatest technological achievements -- and a triumph of the American spirit -- the Apollo 11 mission was a mammoth undertaking involving more than 410, 000 men and women dedicated to winning the space race against the Soviets.
Shoot for the Moon: The Space Race and the Extraordinary Voyage of Apollo 11 #ad - Set amid the tensions and upheaval of the sixties and the cold War, Shoot for the Moon is a gripping account of the dangers, and the sheer determination that defined not only Apollo 11, the challenges, but also the Mercury and Gemini missions that came before it. Both sweeping and intimate, shoot for the Moon is "a powerfully written and irresistible celebration" of one of humankind's most extraordinary accomplishments Booklist, starred review.
From the shock of sputnik and the heart-stopping final minutes of john glenn's mercury flight to the deadly whirligig of Gemini 8, low fuel, the doomed Apollo 1 mission, and that perilous landing on the Sea of Tranquility -- when the entire world held its breath while Armstrong and Aldrin battled computer alarms, and other problems -- James Donovan tells the whole story.
One Giant Leap: The Impossible Mission That Flew Us to the MoonSimon & Schuster #ad - 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. 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.
One giant leap is the captivating story of men and women charged with changing the world as we knew it—their leaders, and the greatest adventure story, all of which led to arguably the greatest success story, their near disasters, their triumphs, of the twentieth century. When kennedy announced that goal, no one knew how to navigate to the Moon.
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. 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.
One Giant Leap: The Impossible Mission That Flew Us to the Moon #ad - 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, to the factories where dozens of women sewed spacesuits, and even computer hardware by hand, parachutes, where the eccentric and legendary pioneer Charles Draper created the tools to fly the Apollo spaceships, Fishman captures the exceptional feats of these ordinary Americans.
Over the next decade, more than 400, 000 scientists, engineers, and factory workers would send 24 astronauts to the Moon.
Moon Lander: How We Developed the Apollo Lunar Module Smithsonian History of Aviation and Spaceflight PaperbackSmithsonian Books #ad - He also recaptures the exhilaration of hearing apollo 11’s neil Armstrong report that “The Eagle has landed, ” and the pride of having inadvertently provided a vital “lifeboat” for the crew of the disabled Apollo 13. Kelly gives a firsthand account of designing, testing, building, and flying the Apollo lunar module.
Chief engineer Thomas J. It was, he writes, “an aerospace engineer’s dream job of the century. Kelly’s account begins with the imaginative process of sketching solutions to a host of technical challenges with an emphasis on safety, reliability, and maintainability. He catalogs numerous test failures, and battery problems, including propulsion-system leaks, ascent-engine instability, stress corrosion of the aluminum alloy parts, as well as their fixes under the ever-present constraints of budget and schedule.
First on the Moon: The Apollo 11 50th Anniversary ExperienceSterling #ad - In honor of the 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking Apollo 11 mission, this lavishly illustrated book—featuring stunning photographs and many rarely seen images and documents—tells the incredible story of the first men on the Moon. It also features a number of specially commissioned photocompositions created from NASA Apollo images released in 2015.
First on the moon offers an exciting behind-the-scenes look at America’s journey to the Moon—from the space race to the landing on the Sea of Tranquility to splashdown on Earth and the aftermath. Acclaimed science author rod Pyle Missions to the Moon returns with a beautiful and insightful book commemorating Apollo 11.
First on the Moon: The Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Experience #ad - Many were parts of photomontages taken by the astronauts, and these compositions have now been carefully restored to their originally intended montage formats. Pyle spent years combing nasa archives and private collections for memorabilia from the mission, and the book includes everything from accessible explanations of the enormous challenges facing NASA to reproductions of original 1969 documents.
With compelling firsthand accounts and a gripping narrative, this gorgeously designed volume fully immerses readers in the Space Age. Includes a foreword by buzz Aldrin, and exclusive interviews with the adult children of the Apollo 11 astronauts.
Chasing the Moon: The People, the Politics, and the Promise That Launched America into the Space AgeBallantine Books #ad - Clarke, whose writing inspired some of the key players in the Moon race. More than a story of engineers and astronauts, the moon landing—now celebrating its fiftieth anniversary—grew out of the dreams of science fiction writers, filmmakers, military geniuses, and rule-breaking scientists. They include• Science fiction author Arthur C.
Jfk issued the historic moon landing challenge. After working on ballistic missiles for the U. S. Her media exposure as a unique presence in this all-male world allowed her the freedom to stand up for equal rights for women and minorities. Edward dwight, an african american astronaut candidate, recruited at the urging of the Kennedy White House to further the administration’s civil rights agenda—but not everyone welcomed his inclusion.
Setting these key players in the political, but most important, and including captivating photographs throughout, Chasing the Moon focuses on the science and the history, social, and cultural climate of the time, the extraordinary individuals behind what was undoubtedly the greatest human achievement of the twentieth century.
Chasing the Moon: The People, the Politics, and the Promise That Launched America into the Space Age #ad - Beating russia in one area of space: communications satellites. Wernher von braun, the former Nazi military genius who oversaw Hitler's rocket weapons program. A scientific paper he wrote in his twenties led to the U. S. Astronaut frank borman, commander of the first mission to circumnavigate the Moon, whose powerful testimony before Congress in 1967 decisively saved the U.