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Chasing the Moon: The People, the Politics, and the Promise That Launched America Into the Space Age

Chasing the Moon: The People, the Politics, and the Promise That Launched America Into the Space Age (Hardback)

By Stone, Robert
By Andres, Alan

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An iconic young president issued the historic moon landing challenge. These are the stories of the dreamers--based on newly discovered archival material--who helped America win the space race with the first lunar landing fifty years ago. In 1960, Senator John F. Kennedy ridiculed... the idea of space travel as a colossal waste of money with no scientific importance. A year later the new president proposed the nation spend twenty billion dollars to land a man on the moon before the end of the decade. More than a story of engineers and astronauts, America's moon landing grew out of the dreams of a handful of people whose work led to the lunar landing. They include: * Science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke, whose writing inspired some of the key players in the moon race. He also proposed an idea to the FCC that helped the U.S. beat Russia in one area of space: communications satellites. * Werner von Braun, the former Nazi military genius who oversaw Hitler's rocket weapons program. Recruited to work for NASA, he managed the creation of the Saturn V moon rocket. * Astronaut Frank Borman, whose powerful testimony before Congress in 1967 decisively saved the U.S. lunar program from being cut. * Poppy Northcutt, a young mathematician who was the first woman to work in Mission Control. Her appearance in popular ad campaigns allowed her the freedom to stand up for equal rights for women and minorities. * Edward Dwight, the single African-American Apollo astronaut candidate, wanted by the Kennedy White House to promote public support for Civil Rights legislation and to boost the image of America in the Third World. Famous for a brief time, he was then dropped from the program. Setting these key players in the political, social, and cultural climate of the time, Chasing the Moon tells a unique, multifaceted history through a combination of new eyewitness accounts and recently discovered archival material.
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ISBN 9781524798123
Released NZ 4 Jun 2019
Publisher Ballantine Books
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9781524798123
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Ballantine Books
Imprint Ballantine Books
Released 4 Jun 2019
Publication Country
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Stone, Robert
By Andres, Alan
Category Biography & Autobiography
Historical Geography
Geographical Discovery & Exploration
Space Science
Number of Pages 384
Dimensions Width: 163mm
Height: 231mm
Spine: 36mm
Dewey Code 629.454
Weight 703g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Space race, Space flight - History - 20th century, Outer space - Exploration - History - 20th century, Aeronautics and state - United States - History - 20th century, Astronautics and state - United States - History - 20th century
NBS Text Other Specific Technologies
ONIX Text General/trade