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On The Shoulders of Titans: A History of Project Gemini (Annotated & Illustrated) (NASA History Series) by [Hacker, Barton C., Grimwood, James M.]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3176 KB
  • Print Length: 802 pages
  • Publisher: Cia Publishing (2 Aug. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008SGT1P8
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #192,554 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book is an excellent history of the Gemini manned space programme. The detail in the book is excellent, so why only three stars? Sadly this is another of those low-quality print-to-order Amazon productions, which means that the clear black and white photos from the original NASA publication are now low-quality and grainy pictures: even worse, the colour photos of the Earth which form the Epilogue of the original are now printed as washed-out black-and-white pictures.

Amazon really should make it clear that the books that they print to order are always low quality products and they should reduce the prices of the books to reflect this. Maybe Dover Books will reprint the NASA volume at some point - their reprints put Amazon's to shame.
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Originally published in the '70s, this is perhaps the most complete and thorough look at Project Gemini available. This series of twelve missions is generally overlooked in space histories, being neither the first American manned space project (Mercury) nor the one designed to get to the Moon (Apollo). Yet it was a vital bridge between the two, pioneering numerous capabilities that would be essential for Apollo - most notably, how to rendezvous in space. Progress was not always smooth, and there was one near-disaster when Gemini VIII (with Neil Armstong and Dave Scott) started to spin out of control and an emergency re-entry had to be undertaken, cutting the mission short but saving the astronauts' lives.

This book does not say much about the personal lives of the astronauts or the numerous engineering and support personnel, but there are plenty of biographies and autobiographies for that. As well as being very thorough, I found the book very readable and enjoyable.

As is not unusual with Kindle books, there are few photos and they not rendered very well. I did not find this a serious drawback.
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This should be a great book but the Kindle version sucks. The cross references are not clickable and the diagrams and photos (see photo) are not visible - frustrating and a reflection of how Amazon are now treating customers. \garbage\!
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I read this as a follow on from the NASA history of the Mercury programme. Once again it really puts the reader up there with the missions as well as in the labs and meeting rooms where this world changing project took shape. It seems from the text that there should be a load of pictures from the various missions that aren't included in the Kindle version which I would have loved to see.
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Project Gemini tends to be under-valued being sandwiched between the Mercury program (first American in space) and the Apollo moon program. This is a very detailed account of Gemini going through all the politics, finances, processes and engineering as the program unfolded.

Very detailed and quite heavy going in places. If you are interested in space, and the 1960's space race well worth a read.
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