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Chasing the moon : an epic rivalry, a monumental challenge, the race to be the first /

Chasing the moon : an epic rivalry, a monumental challenge, the race to be the first /
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01177783 62945 STO
Adult Non-Fiction   Tullamore . . Available .  
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ISBN 9780008307868
Shelf Location 629.45 STO
Author Stone, Robert: 1958-,
Title Chasing the moon : an epic rivalry, a monumental challenge, the race to be the first / Robert Stone and Alan Andres.
Alternative Title Chasing the moon :
William Collins, 2019.
still image.
General Notes "As seen on BBC TV"--Cover.
Contents Notes Prologue: July 16, 1969 -- A place beyond the sky (1903-1950) -- The man who sold the moon (1952-1960) -- The New Frontier (1961-1963) -- Welcome to the space age (1964-1966) -- Earthrise (1967-1968) -- Magnificent desolation (1969) -- The final frontier (1970-1979) -- Afterword: After a few more revolutions around the sun.
Summary A charismatic young president issued the historic Moon landing challenge. This book, which greatly expands the companion PBS series, tell the stories of the visionaries--based on eyewitness accounts and newly discovered archival material--who helped America win the space race with the first lunar landing fifty years ago. In 1961, President John F. Kennedy proposed the nation spend twenty billion dollars to land a man on the Moon before the end of the decade. Based on eyewitness accounts and newly discovered archival material, Chasing the Moon reveals for the first time the unknown stories of the fascinating individuals whose imaginative work across several decades culminated in America's momentous achievement. 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. Clarke, whose writing inspired some of the key players in the Moon race. A scientific paper he wrote in his twenties led to the U.S. beating Russia in one area of space: communications satellites. Wernher von Braun, the former Nazi military genius who oversaw Hitler's rocket weapons program. After working on ballistic missiles for the U.S. Army, he was recruited by NASA to manage the creation of the Saturn V moon rocket. Astronaut Frank Borman, commander of the first mission to circumnavigate the Moon, whose powerful testimony before Congress in 1967 decisively saved the U.S. lunar program from being cancelled. Poppy Northcutt, a young mathematician who was the first woman to work in Mission Control. 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, social, and cultural climate of the time, and including captivating photographs throughout, Chasing the Moon focuses on the science and the history, but most important, the extraordinary individuals behind what was undoubtedly the greatest human achievement of the twentieth century.
Subject added entry Apollo Project (U.S.)
Apollo Project (U.S.)
Project Apollo (U.S.)
Project Apollo (U.S.)
Subject Aeronautics and state -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Aeronautics and state
Astronautics and state
Exploration of outer space
Space flight
Space flight to the moon
Space race
Space flight to the moon
Outer space
United States
Outer space -- Exploration -- History -- 20th century
Additional author Andres, Alan:
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