A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts (Penguin Magnum Collection) Paperback – 7 May 2009
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'An extraordinary book ... Space, with its limitless boundaries, has the power to inspire, to change lives, to make the impossible happen. Chaikin's superb book demonstrates how' Sunday Times 'A superb account ... Apollo may be the only achievement by which our age is remembered a thousand years from now' - Arthur C. Clarke
About the Author
Born in 1956, Andrew Chaikin grew up in Great Neck, New York, with a fascination for the heavens and space exploration. While studying geology at Brown University he participated in the Viking mission to Mars at the N A S A/Caltech Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He has worked as a researcher, editor, writer, commentator and television consultant. A Man on the Moon is the result of eight years' research and writing, including interviews with each of the twenty-three surviving Apollo voyagers. Chaikin lives in Arlington, Massachusetts.
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Technically, of course, it is three books in one as that is how the text is split up. Book one takes us through from the dreadful catastrophe of Apollo 1 through the various steps along the way towards the soaring success of Apollo 11 and the quite amazing technological leaps that had to be made to make that possible. Book two takes us through the middle "consolidation" period of lunar exploration with Apollo Missions 12-14 and includes dramatic descriptions of the ill-fated Apollo 13 which many people now regard as NASA's "most shining moment". Book three covers the astonishing successes of the last three moon landings, Apollo Missions 15-17, building on what had been achieved before and slowly uncovering more and more about the fascinating geology of the moon and leaving you with a slight sense of loss that the programme was not allowed to continue - not least when you discover what the Moon could still offer us in terms of solutions to our energy crisis for example - if only we'd been brave enough to stretch our minds to the possibilities on offer to us.Read more ›
It's a book that I return to time and time again, and the only reason I'm buying another one is because the pages were falling apart on my old copy.
Whether you are an expert, or a novice, this book is accessible to all on every level. It recreates, in a way I never would have thought possible, the anticipation of the astronauts as they underwent their training, the exhiliration and the emptiness of space, the heart-stopping moments leading up to each moon landings. But it doesn't stop there. Everyone remembers Armstrong's immortal words from the surface of the moon. But Chaikin takes the time to explain what happened next. Why and how each mission differed. You'll even learn some geology along the way.
A feat of magnificent achievement, this book is a deserving compliment to the moon missions it describes. My favourite book ever.
Critically acclaimed book by renowned Aerospace author and scientist Andrew Chaikin. I read the previous edition of this book a few years ago and it's great!
Reading somewhere between history, biography, popular science and a thriller this is a well respected, bestselling book on the Apollo space program with a few photos in the middle.
Definitely 5 stars.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was described as in excellent condition However its condition was at best average .Published 5 months ago by Kate T
This book focuses on the stories of the astronauts themselves and is a good complement to the individual biographies. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
A great overview and accompanying detail of Apollo from its origins all the way thorough to its conclusions. Read morePublished on 28 Feb. 2014 by Gazc
It is a really good book, I gave it to a friend and they absolutely love it! Brilliant book :)Published on 4 Feb. 2014 by Beth
Lots of little known history and detail with plenty of amusing anecdotes from the astronauts and staff. Sheds a more human light on the programme.Published on 12 Jan. 2014 by Pen Name
Bought for a space-obsessed friend. He was very excited about it. It's very thick and heavy, I wanted to wrap it and send a card too. Read morePublished on 27 Jan. 2013 by Waffy
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