Apollo: The Race To The Moon
Still it is a good read about one of the last triumphs of big government. Big goals, aggressive timeline and delivered. This was about government taking risk and achievement. But as the new Ca ...more
This book is somewhat unusual in that it a history of the Apollo project from the perspective of NASA employees on the ground rather than from the point of view of the astronauts. Most of the people described worked at the Johnson Space Center in Houston (called the Manned Spaceflight Center at the time) or at the Kennedy Space Center. Most of the events described are focused on launching rockets or the command of the mission once the spacecraft had been launched. The astronauts did not command...more
The only downside is that in covering ...more
There is a marvellous ands detailed account of how it all began, the Kennedy speech and the preceding programmes, Mercury and Gemini, without which the Apollo missions ...more
This book is the story of the engineers, scientists and technicians who made the dream a reality. It is not about the astronauts. In fact, the astronauts are conspicuously absent from the story. The focus here are the legions of people who worked in obscurity to conceive, design, build ...more
An excellent work, any Apollo reading is not complete without that book.
It is a fascinating look behind the scenes. Brilliant people, in the right place at the right time. You'll understand why a program like Apollo will never happen again.
A must read for any space nerd, such as myself.