Moon Shot: The Inside Story of America's Apollo Moon Landings

Jay Barbree (Author) Alan Shepard (Author)
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Price
$16.99  $15.63
Publisher
Open Road Media
Publish Date
May 03, 2011
Pages
396
Dimensions
5.5 X 1.2 X 8.4 inches | 0.95 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781453258262

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About the Author

As one of the original seven Mercury astronauts, Alan Shepard (1923-1998) became the first American in space on May 5, 1961, and a decade later took, with his partner Edgar Mitchell, the longest walk--two miles--on the moon before hitting a golf ball for miles and miles across the lunar landscape. Another Mercury astronaut, Deke Slayton (1924-1993) was meant to be the second American in Earth orbit, but was grounded because of an irregular heartbeat. He stayed on at NASA to supervise his fellow astronauts and was returned to flight status in 1972. In 1975, after sixteen years as head of the astronaut office, Slayton made it into space for the historic first docking of an American and a Russian spacecraft, a step that was a long stride on the road to end the Cold War. Jay Barbree (b. 1933) is the author of eight books and has been NBC's space correspondent since the birth of NASA. He shared an Emmy Award for NBC's coverage of Apollo 11's first landing on the moon, and is a recipient of NASA's highest medal for Exceptional Public Service.

Reviews

"Swashbuckling." --The New York Times "Breathtaking." --Entertainment Weekly "A must read . . . an insight into the wonders of space flight, yes. But more important, readers come to know Alan Shepard and Deke Slayton, and come to respect their courage and feel genuine affection for these two American heroes." --President George H. W. Bush "Gripping, authoritative . . . and skillfully told, this is the ultimate inside story of the U.S. space program. " --Walter Cronkite "From the early Cold War days of the Space Race through the beginnings of the 'thaw, ' Moon Shot comes alive." --Senator John H. Glenn