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The sheer determination that defined not only Apollo 11 but also the Mercury and Gemini missions that made it possible Both sweeping and intimate and based on exhaustive research and dozens of fresh interviews bestselling author James Donovan's Shoot for the Moon is the definitive and thrilling account of one of humankind's most extraordinary feats of exploration. James Donovan s Shoot For The Moon is the first book about America s triumphant moon landing in 1969 that puts the feat in its proper context Donovan balances a technical analysis of space flight with gripping biographical details about the major players involved in the three NASA programs of the 1960s Mercury Gemini and Apollo On May 25 1961 President Kennedy gave a speech before Congress exhorting America to send a man to the moon by end of the decade The date was less than three weeks after Alan B Shepard became the first American to go into space Shoot For The Moon extensively documents both the achievements and failures of Mercury Gemini and Apollo prior to the moon landingAmerica s journey into space had its origins in the surrender of German rocket scientist Wernher von Braun to US forces in 1945 At first the expertise of von Braun and other German rocket scientists was utilized for purely military purposes After the Soviet Union launched the first satellite Sputnik into orbit in 1957 the US made a serious commitment to space travel with the formation of NASA In fact in the next decade the Soviet Union would achieve every space milestone before the United States with NASA struggling to keep up in the Cold War s space race That America finally surpassed the Soviet Union to reach the moon is first due to a combination of scientific rigor political willpower single mindedness and luckPerhaps the greatest asset America had in the early years of the space race was the uality of its astronauts Men who had been military test pilots could avert disaster with their calm command of the spacecraft None of the 1960s astronauts died in space though three perished in a training mission for Apollo 1 despite numerous technical failures involving the space flying euipment Some mechanical issues could be fixed through routine simulations but others relied on experiential learning or the development of new technology to resolve problemsAs the Apollo program made progress in its ultimate goal of landing men on the moon in 1969 Mercury astronaut Deke Slayton picked Neil Armstrong Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin two former test pilots and a former fighter pilot who had strong scientific backgrounds to be the personnel for its fateful mission After some wrangling over who would be the first man to set foot on the moon Armstrong got the nod over Aldrin on the basis of seniority There were some significant challenges during Apollo 11 the Lunar Module barely had enough fuel for the descent onto the lunar surface and the Module s alarm system malfunctioned but the mission went smoothly considering the extraordinary difficulty of the task at hand The astronauts returned to Earth to a hero s welcome after a three week uarantine period For once the United States had overtaken the Soviet Union which later abandoned its lunar ambitions in the space raceReviewed by David B Librarian InfoNow

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Shoot for the Moon The Space Race and the Extraordinary Voyage of Apollo 11

For the 50th anniversary the epic story of Apollo 11 and the astronauts flight controllers and engineers who made it happen by the author of the bestselling A Terrible Glory and The Blood of HeroesOn July 20 1969 Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the Moon a moment forever ingrained in history Perhaps the world's greatest technologic. I thought this book is just about Apollo 11 However this book is informative It details the American space program from the very beginning culminating in Apollo 11 and the moon landing I learned a lot like Lyndon Johnson s big role in encouraging the space program s birth Learned that politics played a very big role too if not for the Soviet s push for space exploration and subseuent glory the Americans probably would not even entertain a space program There s also a lot of science involved and anecdotes about the astronauts Definitely a good read if one is interested in history of humanity s uest for space flight

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Al achievement and a triumph of American spirit and ingenuity the Apollo 11 mission and the entire Apollo program was a mammoth undertaking involving than 410000 men and women dedicated to putting a man on the Moon and winning the Space Race against the SovietsSeen through the eyes of the those who lived it Shoot for the Moon reveals the dangers the challenges and. Audio bookThis was a fun book to listen to I do not consider myself to be overly knowledgable about the space race but this was not my first foray into that subjectThe book is well written and definitely kept my attention The first 23rds of the book is a general high level overview of the space race from the American perspective The last 13rd of the book was about Apollo 11


10 thoughts on “Shoot for the Moon The Space Race and the Extraordinary Voyage of Apollo 11

  1. says:

    25 StarsI'm that person who devours any book written about the space program When I saw this I had to have it You would think that a book published for Apollo 11's 50th anniversary with the Apollo 11 in the title would focus on that mission Surprisingly this book did not I wouldn't say the part of the book about the space race leading up to Apollo 11 wasn't bad but it has been done before I can think of dozens of books

  2. says:

    What a thrilling book Even though I knew the outcome from the beginning having lived the early space years as a youth I could not put this book

  3. says:

    I thought this book is just about Apollo 11 However this book is informative It details the American space program from the very beginning culminating in Apollo 11 and the moon landing I learned a lot like Lyndon

  4. says:

    Audio bookThis was a fun book to listen to I do not consider myself to be overly knowledgable about the space race but this was not my first foray into that subjectThe book is well written and definitely kept my attention The first 23rds of the book is a general high level overview of the space race from the American persp

  5. says:

    This was informative entertaining and well written

  6. says:

    I enjoyed reading this but had thought most of it would be about Apollo 11 and it really wasn't I did like the part about the Gemini missions as they often get overlooked in books about the space race

  7. says:

    James Donovan’s Shoot For The Moon is the first book about America’s triumphant moon landing in 1969 that puts the feat in its proper context Donovan balances a technical analysis of space flight with gripping biographical details about the major players involved in the three NASA programs of the 1960s Mercury Gemin

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    An enjoyable read documenting t

  9. says:

    Good historic look at the space race I might even have it on my re read list That being said I still loved First Man a bit

  10. says:

    I'm a sucker for most anything about the 1960's NASA missions and therefore easily lured in by this book I thor

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