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Moon Bound (Springer Praxis Books / Space Exploration)

Moon Bound (Springer Praxis Books / Space Exploration) [Print Replica] [Kindle Edition]

Colin Burgess
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“Moon Bound, by Australian space historian Burgess, a follow-up to his Selecting the Mercury Seven … examines the selection process and features profiles of the chosen 9 as well as the other 22 finalists … . This well-written, factually accurate book is nicely illustrated with 168 interesting halftone photographs from the era. A welcome addition to any space enthusiast’s library. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All academic and general audiences.” (J. Z. Kiss, Choice, Vol. 51 (2), October, 2013)

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Often lost in the shadow of the first group of astronauts for the Mercury missions, the second and third groups included the leading figures for NASA's activities for the following two decades. “Moon Bound” complements the author’s recently published work, “Selecting the Mercury Seven” (2011), extending the story of the men who helped to launch human spaceflight and broaden the American space program. Although the initial 1959 group became known as the legendary pioneering Mercury astronauts, the astronauts of Groups 2 and 3 gave us many household names. Sixteen astronauts from both groups traveled to the Moon in Project Apollo, with several actually walking on the Moon, one of them being Neil Armstrong. This book draws on interviews to tell the astronauts' personal stories and recreate the drama of that time. It describes the process by which they were selected as astronauts and explains how the criteria had changed since the first group. “Moon Bound” is divided into two parts, recounting the biographies relating to the nine astronauts from NASA’s Group 2 in the first part, and the fourteen finalists in Group 3 in the second part. The stories of both selection groups are narrated through the experiences of four finalists with interesting backgrounds. One of these men is Al Rupp of the USAF who, as a West Point cadet, cheekily helped to steal the Navy mascot goat prior to the annual Army versus Navy game in 1953, thus achieving legendary status in the game’s history. Rupp was killed in a plane crash just two years after being named as a finalist for Group 3. The service career of naval aviator John Yamnicky was also very much the equal of other finalists, but he was killed on September 11, 2001, as he was a passenger on hijacked Flight 77, which was flown into the Pentagon. At the end of the work there are several chapters on how these candidates were prepped for their missions.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 407056 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2013 edition (11 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 6 Nov 2013
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Great book for those interested in astronauts especially for the moon missions which were so historic. It contains information not available anywhere else.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A winner!!! 23 April 2013
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Again, another winner from space flight writer Colin Burgess(Disclaimer, we are friends). How does NASA select its astronauts? A highly mysterious process that is largely unknown to this day. In 1962, a follow up group was selected to the Mercury 7 and in 1963, another 14 astronauts were selected. In this very comprehensive and readable book, Burgess names the finalists and tells their stories up until the present day. Again, some outstanding candidates did not become astronauts but continued to contribute in the military and civilian life. Ranging from the surface of the Moon, to the war in Vietnam and the events of 9/11, this is a very essential addition to any space buff's reference library and I recommend it highly...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well done! 27 April 2013
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Full of information that brought together the story of the United States race for the moon. A wonderful history well preserved.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but....... 3 Sep 2013
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Mainly a collection of biographies of applicants who were not selected for the early space programs. Little to nothing on the preparation of those that were chosen. Certainly a misleading book title.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Title had virtually nothing to do with subject matter. 27 July 2013
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Did NOT discuss preparing NASA's astronauts...mostly discussed people who did NOT make said missions. Quite bizarre title for said book.
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