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The Resource A man on the moon : the voyages of the Apollo astronauts, by Andrew Chaikin

A man on the moon : the voyages of the Apollo astronauts, by Andrew Chaikin

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A man on the moon : the voyages of the Apollo astronauts
Title
A man on the moon
Title remainder
the voyages of the Apollo astronauts
Statement of responsibility
by Andrew Chaikin
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Subject
Language
eng
Writing style
Award
  • ALA Notable Book, 1995.
  • Booklist Editors' Choice, 1994.
  • Booklist Editors' Choice: Adult Books for Young Adults, 1994.
Review
  • Science writer Chaikin celebrates the 25th anniversary of the moon landing.
  • /* Starred Review */ For the 25th anniversary of the first moon landing, a winning and detailed account of the Apollo astronauts, a dozen of whom were the first human beings to walk on the face of the moon. The strength of the book lies in Chaikin's exhaustive research, including interviews with all 24 Apollo astronauts. Chaikin, an editor of Sky and Telescope, draws on the wealth of material from NASA's files -- including recently declassified transcripts from the on-board voice recorders, which give candid glimpses of the astronauts' thoughts not intended for outside ears (not even Mission Control's). As a result, the reader gets an indepth portrait of the program, which the book sets clearly in its time, with glimpses at the Vietnam War and social unrest at home that were eventually to overshadow its brilliant accomplishments. Even readers who followed the moon program at the time will find surprises (Buzz Aldrin's celebrating communion after the first lunar lander touched down) as well as nostalgic reminders of how much fun it was (Alan Shepard's smuggling along golf balls and a club head to try a few swings in lunar gravity). Chaikin effectively recaptures much of the emotion of Apollo: not only the macho fighter-jock exhilaration of flying higher and farther than anyone in history, but the worldwide tension when an explosion forced Apollo 13 to return prematurely to Earth; the frustration of astronauts bumped from the moon crews by illness or other twists of fate; the almost metaphysical calm of looking back at Earth from a quarter million miles away. And while the author's main focus is rightly on the astronauts themselves, the supporting cast, from politicians to engineers -- and especially wives and families -- gets its fair share of the spotlight. Essential reading for anyone interested in the history of space flight: well written, full of fascinating characters and facts, and above all worthy of its subject. (Kirkus Reviews, May 15, 1994)
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155409
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1956-
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Chaikin, Andrew
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Project Apollo (U.S.)
  • Space flight to the moon
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the voyages of the Apollo astronauts
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A man on the moon : the voyages of the Apollo astronauts, by Andrew Chaikin
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Publication
Note
A Viking book
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
231944
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xv, 670 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780670814466
Lccn
93048680
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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illustrations
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  • (Sirsi) i9780670814466
  • (Sirsi) ABE-9114
Label
A man on the moon : the voyages of the Apollo astronauts, by Andrew Chaikin
Publication
Note
A Viking book
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
231944
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xv, 670 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780670814466
Lccn
93048680
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780670814466
  • (Sirsi) ABE-9114

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