In the Shadow of the Moon: A Challenging Journey to Tranquility, 1965-1969

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U of Nebraska Press, 2007 - Science - 448 pages
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Tells the story of the exciting and challenging years in space flight, with two superpowers engaged in a titanic struggle to land one of their own people on the moon. This book explores the inspirations, ambitions, personalities, and experiences of the select few whose driving ambition was to fly to the moon.
 

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A workmanlike look at the U.S. space program from 1965 to 1969, encompassing the Gemini program, the Apollo I tragedy and the first five flights of the Apollo program. This book is the second of a ... Read full review

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An engrossing telling of the Gemini And Apollo space programmes, told through the astronauts who lived through them. This is a fascinating read and will set you off looking for more reading material on space exploration. Highly recommended. Read full review

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Contents

1 Gemini Raises the Bar
1
2 A Rendezvous in Space
56
3 The Ballet of Weightlessness
90
4 The Risk Stuff
140
5 The Astronaut Enigma
184
6 Starting Over
247
7 Leaving the Good Earth
285
8 A Test Pilots Dream
328
9 The Highest Mountain
367
Epilogue
411
References
413
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Page vii - ... song, In search of Eldorado. But he grew old — This knight so bold — And o'er his heart a shadow Fell as he found No spot of ground That looked like Eldorado. And, as his strength Failed him at length, He met a pilgrim shadow — "Shadow," said he, "Where can it be — This land of Eldorado?" "Over the Mountains Of the Moon, Down the Valley of the Shadow, Ride, boldly ride," The shade replied, — "If you seek for Eldorado.
Page 1 - I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace Where never lark, or even eagle flew And, while with silent lifting mind I've trod The high untrespassed sanctity of space, Put out my hand and touched the face of God.

About the author (2007)

Francis French is the former director of events for Sally Ride Science, and the current director of education at the San Diego Air & Space Museum. Colin Burgess is a former flight service director with Qantas Airways and the author of many books on spaceflight, including Fallen Astronauts: Heroes Who Died Reaching for the Moon, available in a Bison Books edition. He is the coauthor with Francis French of Into That Silent Sea: Trailblazers of the Space Era, 1961–1965 (Nebraska 2007). A NASA astronaut from 1963 to 1971, Walter Cunningham was a crew member on the first manned Apollo flight.

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