Apostles of Light

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Univ. Press of Mississippi, Aug 15, 2011 - Fiction
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A revised edition of the New York Times bestselling classic: the epic story of the golden years of American space exploration, told by the men who rode the rockets
On October 4, 1957, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik I, and the space race was born. Desperate to beat the Russians into space, NASA put together a crew of the nation's most daring test pilots: the seven men who were to lead America to the moon. The first into space was Alan Shepard; the last was Deke Slayton, whose irregular heartbeat kept him grounded until 1975. They spent the 1960s at the forefront of NASA's effort to conquer space, and Moon Shot is their inside account of what many call the twentieth century's greatest feat--landing humans on another world.   Collaborating with NBC's veteran space reporter Jay Barbree, Shepard and Slayton narrate in gripping detail the story of America's space exploration from the time of Shepard's first flight until he and eleven others had walked on the moon.
 

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
30
Section 3
43
Section 4
52
Section 5
71
Section 6
84
Section 7
106
Section 8
128
Section 10
161
Section 11
172
Section 12
194
Section 13
219
Section 14
232
Section 15
247
Section 16
290
Copyright

Section 9
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About the author (2011)

Ellen Douglas was the pen name of Josephine Ayres Haxton, who was born in Natchez, Mississippi on July 12, 1921. She graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1942. During her lifetime, she wrote eleven books, including six novels and several collections of short stories and essays. Her novels include Apostles of Light, The Rock Cried Out, A Family's Affairs, A Lifetime Burning, and Can't Quit You, Baby. She won a lifetime achievement award in 2008 from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters. She died after an extended illness on November 7, 2012 at the age of 91.

Elizabeth Spencer is the author of more than a dozen collections of stories & novels. Born in 1921 in Carrollton, Mississippi, she currently lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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