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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book and a half., 19 Mar 2000
This review is from: Lost Moon (Hardcover)
Ever since I was seven or eight, I have been fascinated by space and the idea that one day, I would get the chance to fly into that vast, black void.
Now that I am thirty eight, and no longer considered worthy of that goal, the best I can get is to dream away my time watching films like Apollo 13. I am needless to say, a Star Trek lunatic and avid space watcher. I even went online with the recent Hubble repairs when the Space Shuttle went up. From the days of Apollo and SkyLab to today, I can not resist anything of this ilk.
So when I got the chance to get the book about the perilous voyage of Apollo 13, I jumped at the chance and read avidly of the exploits of Lovell, Swigert and Haise as they attempted to touch down on the moon.
I had seen the film, but I was in for the ride of my life when I started to read the real thing. The book takes you right through the voyage, from the lift off to the spash down and beyond; through the turmoil shared by the families and through all the technical vocabulary and data that were encountered by the crew and by the ground contol staff, led by Gene Kranz.
If you have seen the film, read the book. You will never put the thing down if you share my passion. It is a book that is right up there as one of the few that I can say have been purely spellbinding. Once you have read this, you too will feel that you have been into space, trod where only the few have gone and returned safely, all in the comfort of your armchair.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best written histories of the early space program, 8 Nov 1997
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An incredibly well-written and well-paced account of one of the most dramatic moments in the history of the U.S. Space Program. As opposed to the dry (although factually accurate) "13: The Flight that Failed" by Henry S.F. Cooper, it lets us peer into the very human side of the people who flew and guided this mission. But in addition it gives startling and often humorous insights into the very early days of the space program, when Mercury was still underway and Lovell was recruited into the fledgling Gemini program.
I found two other books enhanced my appreciation of everything that went into the Apollo 13 mission. One is "Apollo: The Race for the Moon", another behind-the-scenes history told from the point of view of the engineers who worked on the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs. The authors are Charles Murray and Catherine Bly Cox. Another book is "Chariots for Apollo: The Making of the Lunar Module," by Charles R. Pellegrino and Joshua Stoff. When you read about everything Grumman did to create the lunar module, you understand just why it fit so well its role of life boat during the Apollo 13 mission.

With the launch of the initial International Space Station components next year, the world will enter a new phase of space exploration -- a time where cooperation, not competition, is the by-word. At such a time, looking back on how we got to where we are now -- our space program roots, as it were -- is vitally important. "Lost Moon" does the job with grace and flair.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Original Edition, 1 April 2012
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Anyone as crazy about the Apollo program as myself, will want to get their hands on anything original.

This is the first edition of the book - before the hollywood decorated editions appeared!!

Much more detail than the film, and considerably more technically correct.

A "must read" for anyone who enjoys factual stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable narrative account, 7 Oct 2007
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This book was the basis for the movie Apollo 13. America had become complacent about our space shots by this time, which is something I still do not understand. But that may be because I worked so long at the Kennedy Space Center and always knew and still understand how dangerous each and every launch is. Apollo 13 was to have been the fifth mission to the moon. But two days into the trip, on April 13, 1970, the oxygen tank exploded in the command module, placing the three astronauts in grave danger. Lovell describes those terrifying days as astronauts, contractors, and Mission Controlled struggled to bring Apollo 13 safely back to earth. If you want to read what really happened by someone who was there...this is the book for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The real voyage, 21 Mar 1999
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Sure, you have seen movies, read books, and heard about Apollo 13, the lunar landing flight that was aborted and placed the lives of three men in severe danger. But you have never read anything like this, the true story. This story was written by the commander of, "the succesful faliure", Jim Lovell(who is a veteran of four flights:Gemini 7, Gemini 12, Apollo 8, and Apollo 13) and his wonderful helper, Jeffrey Klugger. This story doesn't just tell you about what happened, it brings you inside Apollo 13. It doesn't just tell you what everyone on the ground was hoping for, it tells you what really happened out there, in the lunar module AQUARIUS and the command module ODDYSEY. It doesn't just tell you what everyone on earth was wishing for during reentry, it takes you inside reentry. There were fuel cell explosions, oxygen tank explosions, power and carbon dioxide problems, and all of this gave astronauts Jim Lovell, Jack Swigert(command module pilot), and Fred Haise(lunar module pilot)extreme danger.Read this book and find out what really happened out there, on,"the succesful failure", on Apollo 13.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The real voyage, 21 Mar 1999
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This review is from: Lost Moon (Hardcover)
Sure, you have seen movies, read books, and heard about Apollo 13, the lunar landing flight that was aborted and placed the lives of three men in severe danger. But you have never read anything like this, the true story. This story was written by the commander of, "the succesful faliure", Jim Lovell(who is a veteran of four flights:Gemini 7, Gemini 12, Apollo 8, and Apollo 13) and his wonderful helper, Jeffrey Klugger. This story doesn't just tell you about what happened, it brings you inside Apollo 13. It doesn't just tell you what everyone on the ground was hoping for, it tells you what really happened out there, in the lunar module AQUARIUS and the command module ODDYSEY. It doesn't just tell you what everyone on earth was wishing for during reentry, it takes you inside reentry. There were fuel cell explosions, oxygen tank explosions, power and carbon dioxide problems, and all of this gave astronauts Jim Lovell, Jack Swigert(command module pilot), and Fred Haise(lunar module pilot)extreme danger.Read this book and find out what really happened out there, on,"the succesful failure", on Apollo 13.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Movie was good, but the book is a masterpiece!, 21 April 1997
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I had the opportunity to meet the legend, Jim Lovell, several years ago while the movie was in pre-production. Having grown up in central Florida during the 60's and 70's, I am a proud Apollo junkie! I have nearly every book written about the program, and have read fictional stories written by the former Apollo astronauts (read "Encounter with Tiber" by Buzz Aldrin & John Barnes). This book is not only dramatically riveting, it also includes technical minutia which
will delight even the most serious "rivethead." This was a time when America had vision for the future -- something we have lost today. In this book, you will experience the emotion of both astronaut and those they loved across the vast gulf of earth and sky. You will also learn of the import of man's continued directive to reach out & explore the unknown. Jim Lovell has lived the incredible story between the covers in which God's hand and the genious of Apollo science guided them safely back to Earth. You will NOT be disappointed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome---words cannot describe it., 7 April 1997
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This review is from: Lost Moon (Hardcover)
Nine months after the triumphant landing of Apollo 11, NASA was ready to launch another moon landing mission. After the first two strings of bad luck, the prime crew moved up to Apollo 14 and Ken Mattingly (the command module pilot) was exposed to the German measles, the launch was carried through. 55 hours into the flight, it happened. Many serious doubts that came from the news media put the world in suspense as the astronauts raced the clock and beat all odds to get back home.
This book describes in detail what happend on this mission. Authors James A. Lovell and Jeffrey Kluger put these details into the "language" that the average American can understand. I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone that has seen the Apollo 13 movie or has ever heard about the mission.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Other books on the subject, 11 Oct 1997
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This review is from: Lost Moon (Hardcover)
"Lost Moon" is an epic! Read it, then read it again. Then read another fine book on the subject, "A Man On the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts" by Andrew Chaikin. Chaikin adds another view of the Apollo 13 mission, but also recounts every mission which landed men on the moon (plus A13 which of course ended with no lunar landing). He also reflects upon the early ground setting missions from Apollo 1 (in which Grissom, White, and Chaffee died on the pad) and Apollo 8 which flew lunar rookie James Lovell around the dark side of the moon. Again, if you loved "Lost Moon" as much as I did, (and thanks Jim for the autographed copy you gave me at KSC) you will greatly enjoy THIS book also!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lost Moon, 19 April 2003
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This book is a great read, it tell a very accurate story of the three astronaunts who manage to survive a lunar swing by. Jim Lovell, Jack Swigert and Fred Haise fight a desparate battle upon a unusable space craft. They stay in space for six and a half days, two of those days where going according to plan, but when the spacecraft's oxygen tank 2 explodes the crew lose all of the oxygen in the CM, this results in the whole mission being aborted and the astronaunts trying desparatly to get home. This book tells a story of hope and courage. This is one of the best space stories of all time, and it adds to that because its true!
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