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The Resource Chasing the moon : the people, the politics, and the promise that launched America into the space age, Robert Stone and Alan Andres

Chasing the moon : the people, the politics, and the promise that launched America into the space age, Robert Stone and Alan Andres

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Chasing the moon : the people, the politics, and the promise that launched America into the space age
Title
Chasing the moon
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the people, the politics, and the promise that launched America into the space age
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Robert Stone and Alan Andres
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eng
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  • In this companion volume to a PBS documentary series, Stone and Andres, respectively the series’ director and consulting producer, effectively if unspectacularly recount the path to the first moon landing. They do so through the perspectives of key participants and observers, including sci-fi author Arthur C. Clarke, rocket scientist Wernher von Braun, and NASA head James Webb. Clarke became fascinated with space exploration, for which he became an early proponent, as a teenager after spotting the “vibrant purple dusk jacket” of the book The Conquest of Space in a shop window in the 1930s. At age 18, Von Braun was already involved in rocketry experiments, going on to work for both the Nazi and U.S. governments. Webb’s involvement didn’t go back as far—he’d been a Washington insider and oil company executive before being appointed to run NASA—but once there “proved no less a space visionary.” The authors’ prose can be hyperbolic—they improbably claim that the “brown gulls swooping” over Cape Canaveral on July 19, 1969, “sensed the day was anything but typical”—but overall, this is a solid popular history that personalizes the race for the moon through the stories of some fascinating people. Agent: Jane von Mehren, Aevitas. (June) --Staff (Reviewed 04/08/2019) (Publishers Weekly, vol 266, issue 14, p)
  • Many books about the moon landing have focused on the heroes and the hardware—the astronauts who had the "right stuff" to undertake the lunar voyage and the spacecraft and rockets that transported them. In this tie-in to the eponymous American Experience --Donna Marie Smith (Reviewed 06/01/2019) (Library Journal, vol 144, issue 5, p140)
  • In an informative companion book to the PBS miniseries of the same name, documentary filmmaker Stone, the program's writer, producer, and director, and Andres, a consulting producer and researcher on the series, chronicle the quest for space travel that culminated in Neil Armstrong's first step on the lunar surface. As the authors reveal, the journey to the moon did not begin with John F. Kennedy's commitment to a moon landing by the end of the 1960s but more than half a century earlier, in "agrarian czarist Russia," where "a popular spiritual philosophy called cosmism" posited space travel as "the ultimate liberation" from "the shackles of Earth's gravity" and into a realm where "all humanity would partake in cosmic immortality." In the decades that followed, space travel piqued the public's imagination: Science fiction magazines, novels, and movies found an eager audience, and interplanetary societies began in America and the U.K. By 1950, Arthur C. Clarke became a popular spokesman for, and writer about, interplanetary flight, so well-known that in 1964, when director Stanley Kubrick planned "an ambitious, optimistic epic about humanity's destiny in space," he called on Clarke as a collaborator; 2001: A Space Odyssey was released, to great acclaim, a few years later. The authors profile other major figures who influenced America's space program throughout the 1950s and '60s: charismatic German rocket engineer Wernher von Braun and his mentor Willy Ley, who became part of "America's new German brain trust"; NASA head James Webb, who advocated for government support even in the face of skeptical congressmen; newscaster Edward R. Murrow, who repeatedly pressed for integrating the astronaut corps; Poppy Northcutt, the first female flight controller; and the teams of astronauts who manned the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo crews. The authors re-create in breathtaking detail the launch of Apollo 11 and Armstrong's calm announcement four days later: "The Eagle has landed." A brisk narrative, deft anecdotes, and abundant illustrations enliven a well-researched history. (Kirkus Reviews, April 1, 2019)
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10781925
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DLC
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1958-
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Stone, Robert
Dewey number
629.45/4
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
TL789.8.U5
LC item number
S76 2019
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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Andres, Alan
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True
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  • Astronautics and state
  • Aeronautics and state
  • Space flight
  • Space race
  • Outer space
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the people, the politics, and the promise that launched America into the space age
Label
Chasing the moon : the people, the politics, and the promise that launched America into the space age, Robert Stone and Alan Andres
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Publication
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
Contents
Prologue : July 16, 1969 -- A place beyond the sky (1903-1950) -- The man who sold the moon (1951-1960) -- The New Frontier (1961-1963) -- Managing the unmanageable (1964-1966) -- Earthrise (1967-1968) -- All engines running -- The final frontier -- Epilogue : after a few more revolutions of the sun
Control code
2018059390
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiii, 359 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781524798123
Lccn
2018059390
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)1091274818
Label
Chasing the moon : the people, the politics, and the promise that launched America into the space age, Robert Stone and Alan Andres
Publication
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
Contents
Prologue : July 16, 1969 -- A place beyond the sky (1903-1950) -- The man who sold the moon (1951-1960) -- The New Frontier (1961-1963) -- Managing the unmanageable (1964-1966) -- Earthrise (1967-1968) -- All engines running -- The final frontier -- Epilogue : after a few more revolutions of the sun
Control code
2018059390
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiii, 359 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781524798123
Lccn
2018059390
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)1091274818

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