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Men from Earth

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Picking up where The Right Stuff left off, and commemorating the 20th anniversary of Apollo 11 and the historic moon walk, here is not only the incredible personal story of one of America's premier astronauts, but the whole story of the spirit and challenge of the Apollo Space Program. 16 pages of photos.
Hardcover, 312 pages
Published June 1st 1989 by Bantam
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It's very interesting to read a book that the current generation would consider history although the events were part of my generation's life experience. I remember where I was when Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon. I remember when the flights leading up to the moon flight. I remember the problems with the Saturn rocket. Although my uncle didn't talk about it he was responsible for the design of the second stage of the Saturn V. This is a first person description of the Apollo 11 flight as we ...more
Buzz Aldrin's quite good, lightly biographical overview of the space race from the 50s to the early 70s. This provides a higher level view of his role than his previous biography, Return to Earth. This is a bit dry, but it's evenhanded and a pleasure to read, especially for those looking for an account of the space race in summary.
Paul Riches
Jul 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Men From Earth: The Day History Changed

On July 20th, 1969, history changed forever.

That was the day humans landed on the moon.

Men From Earth by Buzz Aldrin and Malcolm McConnell tells the tale of how we reached this milestone, all in exquisite detail and massive scientific expertise.

As someone who has always been fascinated with space, spaceflight, and our role in the universe, I have only pecked at learning the entire history of how we got there. Manuals on the Space Shuttle and various satelli
Jul 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Forty-seven years ago, men from Earth first stepped foot on the moon. There, they left medals commemorating the men of Apollo and Soyuz who perished in this quest for fire in the sky, and a plaque that declared their intentions: "We came in peace for all mankind." Buzz Aldrin was one of the first men to step foot upon the grey dust of the lunar surface, and in this account -- published in 1989, twenty years after the triumph of Apollo -- he provides a history of the early space race, a memoir of ...more
May 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
1) ''Five days later [after Vostok 2], Red Army engineers and East German border guards rolled prefabricated concrete barricades and barbed wire entanglements into place on the border between East and West Berlin: the Berlin Wall, dividing the former German capital into two parts, had been created. This was why Khrushchev had needed a counterbalancing 'progressive' Soviet space achievement and why Korolev had been forced to fly the risky 24-hour mission before the Vostok system was ready. Korole ...more
Rod Pyle
May 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Ah, Buzz Aldrin. What a complex man. But to his eternal credit, whatever ups and downs he has experienced in his life, he is a part of a small cadre of people who have lived a life of extreme adventure in space and has kept the flag flying since then. The man is, in his mid 80's, a tireless promoter of space exploration.

If you want that latter part of his mind, refer to the new "Mission to Mars" which he co-wrote with Leonard David, a sensational space journalist- turned- author. For the Buzz Al
David Perrin
Mar 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
I had the great honor of meeting Buzz a long while back. He is riveting to listen speak of his space adventures and this book is his history and gives lots of details about the selection, training, and conduct of the race to the moon.
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is partly Buzz Aldrin's account of his life in aviation and spaceflight, and partly his account of the entire space race from World War II through Apollo 11. I'm pleased to say that I have now read four Aldrin books.
Jason Mahoney
Nov 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Overly technical and not a lot of new insights to the space program, especially if you've read his other books, Return To Earth and Magnificent Desolation.
Jan 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
It was compelling, I couldn't put it down. I would have given it 5 stars but it was overly technical and hard to follow in many places.
Phillip Nguyen
Apr 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a great book that shows the point of view of Buzz Aldrin and was filled with history about the space race. It was mainly focused on the American view point instead of the Soviet Union.
Leo Sadovy
Nov 26, 2009 rated it liked it
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Buzz Aldrin (born Edwin Eugene Aldrin, Jr., January 20, 1930) is an engineer and former American astronaut, and the second person to walk on the Moon. He was the lunar module pilot on Apollo 11, the first manned lunar landing in history. He set foot on the Moon at 03:15:16 (UTC) on July 21, 1969, following mission commander Neil Armstrong. He is also a retired colonel in the United States Air Forc ...more
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