Apollo: The Race To The Moon
Would read again.
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
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
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.
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
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
Cox and Murray provide a deep insight into the NASA technology management for Apollo program, covering in detail the development histories of Saturn V, Apollo spacecraft and the art & science of mission control.
This is a must-read book for every NASA buff and Apollo-enthusiast.
This is written from the stand point of may of those that were involved in the space
program and what it was actually intended to do for the United States and the rest of
the "free world"...
This book is spell binding in its use of story telling format and is also both readable
and understandable by anyone with a GED.
An excellent work, any Apollo reading is not complete without that book.
I'm not an Apollo buff or even an American, I just stumbled across this book by accident. It is both thorough and selective at the same time. Obviously, an enormous amount of work went into it, but it is probably not for the casual reader.