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Eight years to the moon : the history of the Apollo missions
50th anniversary commemorative ed.
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240 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 27 cm.
Apollo 50th anniversary and the cosmic perspective / by Russell "Rusty" Schweickart -- Prologue -- 1962 -- 1963 -- 1964 -- 1965 -- 1966 -- 1967 -- 1968 -- 1969 -- Apollo 11 -- Epilogue: Apollo 12-17.
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In July of 1969, three astronauts set off on a historic mission to land on the moon. Fifty years later, this book celebrates the achievement of the Apollo missions, detailing an incredible period of science and engineering history. The book tells the unique personal stories of over 60 engineers and scientists who worked behind the scenes to make the Apollo program possible. The eight years from President Kennedy's challenge in 1961 to the first Moon landing in 1969 are filled with stories of the dedication and perseverance it took to overcome the challenges, hurdles and conflicts of doing things that had never been done before. The stories are fun, heart-warming, and heart-breaking - and they provide a glimpse into the lives of some of the hundreds of thousands of people who made it possible to land humans on the Moon. --


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Including 30 new interviews and over 100 full-color photographs, Nancy Atkinson�s exhaustively researched book is the perfect way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 mission.July 16, 2019 will be the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, celebrating an incredible decade in science history. In Eight Years to the Moon, unique personal stories of NASA engineers and MIT computer experts are interwoven with Nancy�s gripping style to tell the story of Apollo 11 in a fresh and riveting way. Despite incredible hurdles and catastrophes, the employees of NASA made the impossible possible�creating new technology and completely reimagining space travel. Nancy begins in 1962�when NASA had to build the Manned Spacecraft Center and space exploration first became a priority�and spans to the successful Apollo 11 mission. With firsthand accounts from Henry Pohl (director of engineering at Johnson Space Center), Glynn Lunney (Apollo flight director), and Frank Hughes (lead test engineer for the Apollo command and lunar module simulators), it�s easy to get wrapped up in the excitement of what it was like. In the words of Henry Pohl when he saw his first rocket test launch, �When that thing lit off I had never seen such power in my life�I decided right then and there that�s what I wanted to be part of�� And he was far from alone. Filled with stories from those involved and interviews with other Apollo experts, this is a book that will delight anyone who has ever looked up at the moon and wondered how we got there. This book will have 125 full-color photographs.

Author Notes

Nancy Atkinson is the editor and writer for Universe Today, a popular space and astronomy new site, and is a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador. She has written thousands of articles, and was the editor in chief for Space Lifestyle Magazine. She has also been published on,, NASA�s Astrobiology Magazine and Space Times magazine. Nancy lives in Minnesota.

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