Chasing the Moon: The Story of the Space Race - from Arthur C. Clarke to the Apollo Landings
Chasing the Moon thoroughly reimagines the race to the moon, upending much of the conventional mythology. With newly revealed stories about the moon race, from its earliest days to the monumental achievement of the lunar landing in 1969, the book features a diverse cast of charac... read full description below.
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Chasing the Moon thoroughly reimagines the race to the moon, upending much of the conventional mythology. With newly revealed stories about the moon race, from its earliest days to the monumental achievement of the lunar landing in 1969, the book features a diverse cast of characters who played key roles in these historic events. Utilising a wealth of previously overlooked and lost archival material, much of which has never before been revealed to the public, the Space Age is recast as a fascinating stew of scientific innovation, political calculation, media spectacle, visionary impulses and personal drama in this fascinating new book. Among those included are astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Frank Borman and Bill Anders; Sergei Khrushchev, son of the former Soviet premier and a leading Soviet rocket engineer; Poppy Northcutt, a 25-year old `mathematics whiz' who gained worldwide attention as the first woman to serve in the all-male bastion of NASA's Mission Control; and Ed Dwight, the Air Force pilot selected by the Kennedy administration to train as America's first black astronaut.
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||`If you think you know all that is important about the Apollo moon landings, you would be wrong. In Chasing the Moon, Robert Stone and Alan Andres offer scintillating stories both great and small.' Roger D. Launius, former chief historian of NASA `[The Moon Landing] was one of the most amazing achievements in human history. And now we have a book worthy of the grand endeavor.' William Martin, New York Times bestselling author of Cape Cod and Bound for Gold `Chasing the Moon is rich, lively, and deeply human' Richard Rhodes, Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winning author of Energy: A Human History `Chasing the Moon tells the story I've lived for most of my life. From my testing of the lunar module on Apollo 9 to my hopes for the future as we celebrate Apollo's fiftieth anniversary, it's all there, and told through the personal experiences of the people who lived it. Some of it familiar, some never told before, this is a very human account of a truly historic moment as humankind emerges into the larger cosmos.' Russell `Rusty' Schweickart, astronaut, Apollo 9 `A fascinating and enjoyable read ... Meticulously researched and definitively detailed, this book is a must-have for anyone who wants to understand why and how Apollo happened.' James Burke, former BBC-TV science correspondent
Robert Stone is an Academy Award- and Emmy- nominated producer, director, writer and editor of unique, critically acclaimed feature-documentaries about American history, pop culture, mass media and the environment. His most recent feature documentary, Pandora's Promise, premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2013. Stone's work has been screened and won awards at dozens of international film festivals and he has given talks at dozens of universities throughout the United States, Australia and Europe. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Directors Guild of America, Writers Guild of America and the Television Academy.