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Two Sides of the Moon [Paperback]

David Scott , Alexei Leonov
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'A page-turner, a reminder that behind the high technology there was high drama' -- GUARDIAN

'An extraordinary book that provides a very valuable account of the way the Cold War was ended in Space' -- Arthur C. Clarke

'The tale they have written is a testament to the heights mankind can achieve' -- THE SCOTSMAN


‘A page-turner, a reminder that behind the high technology there was high
drama.’ —The Guardian

"Dave Scott and Alexei Leonov have each borne the enormous responsibility of
commanding spacecraft and of representing their respective countries in the
most fascinating and most expensive race in human history. This is their
transcendent recounting of that competition." — Neil Armstrong

"The lay reader, assuredly, will be left in awe." — Chicago Tribune
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Book Description

With a foreword by Neil Armstrong & introduction by Tom Hanks.
In this unique dual autobiography, Apollo 15 commander David Scott and
cosmonaut Alexei Leonov, the first man to ever walk in space, recount their
exceptional lives and careers spent on the cutting edge of science and space
exploration, and their participation in the greatest technological race ever
- to land a man on the Moon. With each mission fraught with perilous risks,
and each space program touched by tragedy, these parallel tales of adventure
and heroism read like a modern-day thriller. They reveal, in a very personal
way, the drama of one of the most ambitious contests ever embarked on by
man, set against the conflict that once held the world in suspense: the
clash between communism and Western democracy. Through the men’s memoirs,
their courage emerges from their perseverance in times of extraordinary
difficulty and danger.
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About the Author

DAVID SCOTT is one of the twelve men to have walked on the moon. He was born at Randolph Air Force base, Texas, educated at West Point and received his pilot winds in 1955. He studied at MIT and graduated from the experimental test pilot school, before being selected as an astronaut by NASA in 1963. He flew three space missions: as Pilot of Gemini 8 in 1966, then as Command Module Pilot on Apollo 9 in 1969 and finally as Commander of Apollo 15 in 1971. He subsequently became closely involved in the joint USA/USSR Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, and from 1973-1977 worked as Director of the NASA Dryden Flight Research Centre. He went on to found two private companies, applying his technological expertise in the arena of commercial space, and has also acted as technical adviser on the film Apollo 13 and Tom Hanks' award winning televisions series, 'From The Earth To The Moon'. ALEXEI LEONOV was born in Siberia in 1934 and graduated from the Chuguyev Higher Air Force School in the Ukraine in 1957, before serving as fighter pilot in East Germany in 1959. He was amongst the first group of cosmonauts selected in 1960 and flew two space missions: as Pilot of Voskhod 2 in 1965 and in 1975 as Commander of Soyuz 19 during the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project. In 1966 he was appointed Commander of the lunar training group and would have been the first Soviet cosmonaut on the moon. He became Deputy Director of the Gargarin Cosmonaut Centre and was promoted to the rank of major general. He is currently vice-president of Russia's Alpha Bank.
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