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One Giant Leap: Apollo 11 Forty Years on [Hardcover]

Piers Bizony
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8 May 2009
The first moon landing in July 1969 captured the imagination of the world in a way that no subsequent 'space spectacular' has succeeded in doing. Forty years later, Piers Bizony has produced a stunning, comprehensive visual record of the mission using high-resolution images selected from the entire suite of Apollo 11's on-board film magazines. The picture section, which makes up the second half of the book shows the launch, the astronauts' lives inside the Apollo spacecraft, the landing and moon walk, and finally the return to earth and the worldwide celebrations. Visually, every significant moment is covered. Many images are included that have not featured in the general histories of Apollo published before. The superb illustrations are supplemented by an essay written in a lively and engaging style by space historian Piers Bizony, explaining Apollo's contemporary cultural and emotional impact from the perspective of today. Quotes from astronauts, scientists and literary celebrities add an extra dimension of originality and boldness to the presentation of this book. As Bizony explains, Apollo 11 may have happened a long time ago, but it still casts an important shadow over today's generation. Can we live up to it and learn from it, or even, repeat its achievements with new spacecraft? It is tempting to imagine that our advanced modern society should be capable of going back to the moon. In fact, Apollo was a strange and unexpected event that cannot easily be replayed. The world has moved on, and although our technology has advanced in leaps and bounds since 1969, there are certain skills and social attitudes, common to the men and women of Apollo, that we seem to have lost. One Giant Leap will lead modern readers to think about Apollo in an entirely new way.

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd (8 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845134222
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845134228
  • Product Dimensions: 26.2 x 24.2 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 751,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Piers Bizony has written about science, aerospace and cosmology for a wide variety of magazines in the UK and the US. His previous books include 2001: Filming the Future, The Rivers of Mars (shortlisted for the NASA/Eugene M. Emme Award for Astronautical Writing), Starman (a biography of Yuri Gargarin, also a BBC TV programme) and Space: 50, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and HarperCollins, marking the 50th anniversary of Sputnik. His latest project, Atom, will tie-in with a major BBC TV series on the discovery of quantum physics.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Now I Know 15 Feb 2010
Really well put together and informative book. Ideal for anyone who has an interest in the Appollo mission.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One Giant Leap: Apollo ll 40 years on. 24 Aug 2009
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5.0 out of 5 stars One Giant Leap 13 Sep 2009
By D. Price - Published on Amazon.com
This book was purchased in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the July 20, 1969 landing. It tells the story in detail with all of the original famous pictures, and even many color photos I had never seen before. It gives the history with wonderful large and full color photos of John Glenn's Mercury Atlas ship, Mission Control, etc. In addition, the book looks to the future with text and photo quality illustrations of Orion.

The only things I could not find were photos of Gemini and an index. However, this is more of a coffee table book so an index is not really necessary.

I greatly enjoyed this book and would recommend it without hesitation to the spaceflight enthusiast and/or the historian. THE BEST THING ABOUT THIS BOOK IS THE PICTURES.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Keepsake Book! 14 Sep 2009
By star wars grandma - Published on Amazon.com
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Beautiful book commemorating moon landing. Pictures are awesome - very well done.
Gave it to a family member who turned 40 on the same day as the moon landing.
A perfect gift!
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY NICE BOOK OF APOLLO 11 4 May 2013
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2.0 out of 5 stars Great pictures but the narrative is wrong in many places 25 July 2012
By Colin Brown - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a coffee table sized book which I bought mainly for the photographs, some of which have not been published before (although can be found on various websites if you look hard enough).
The photographs are excellent, highly detailed, a lot of color photographs taken from the training and the before the flight, with some taken years after the flight (a good one of Neil Armstrong given a talk 40 years later). There are also some computer generated pictures to give a feel for what some things were like where photographs were not available.
Unfortunately for a book dedicated to the 40th Anniversary of the Apollo moon landing, the narrative that goes along with the book is fairly badly written and in quite a few places just plain wrong.
One glaring example can be found starting on P45 where the author is talking about the computers on board and the infamous program alarm incident during decent. The author starts correctly with mention of Program Alarm 1201 then in the text gives the quote of "Give us the reading on the 1202 alarm". This 1202 alarm happened later and was not part of the same sequence of events. The author then goes on to say the that when Charlie Duke gave the 30 second fuel warning then the Eagle starting moving horizantal (this happened before) and also that when the fuel ran out the abort system would automatically take the astronauts back up to dock with the command module (incorrect). The author states that has heard the air to ground communication tapes and goes on about inflections in the voices but if he had truly heard the tapes then he would know that what he had just written was plainly wrong.
The narrative is a great letdown to what could have been a good book.
The book is worth it for the pictures but do not read it for the content.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An average book 19 Jun 2010
By Delta Sigma - Published on Amazon.com
I worked on Gemini and Apollo at Kennedy, and I try to read every space history book I can get my hands on. From the title, I expected this book to be exclusively about the Apollo 11 mission. However, there is a lot of material included that, while still of interest, has nothing to do with Apollo 11. The photos are good, altho some of the captions are a little misleading. There are several technical and factual errors, including the strange one making the rounds lately about Apollo 6 heading toward earth before recovering and limping into orbit.
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