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Failure is Not an Option by Gene Kranz
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Oct 02, 2010

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Read from January 08 to 31, 2011

Really wanted to receive this one with more of a bang. This is Outer Space...a tremendously important part of American history. Men going up in spacecraft no bigger than a Smartcar that have less computing power then my desk fan.

Kranz' point of the book is valid. The engineers on the ground contributed just as much as the men in space suits. Working all hours day and night to meet Kennedy's promise of a man on the moon in this decade. Finding any way to solve any problem as failure is not an option. Men were NOT going to die in space on Kranz' watch.

First 150 pages or so is pretty good. About the Gemini mission and first man in orbit of the earth. Then Kranz gets so technical that the middle chapters become nearly agonizing. After two chapters of standing over Kranz while he narrates every minute detail of an engineers job I had to skip ahead to the Appolo missions.

The Apollo 13 chapter while not as good as Lovell's book is still inspiring. Kranz rallys his engineers to lock themselves in mission control and do whatever it takes for however long it takes to get that crippled spacecraft home.

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