A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts



A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo AstronautsOn The Night Of July 20, 1969, Our World Changed Forever When Two Americans, Neil Armstrong And Buzz Aldrin, Walked On The Moon Now The Greatest Event Of The Twentieth Century Is Magnificently Retold Through The Eyes And Ears Of The People Who Were There Based On The Interviews With Twenty Three Moon Voyagers, As Well As Those Who Struggled To Get The Program Moving, Journalist Andrew Chaikin Conveys Every Aspect Of The Missions With Breathtaking Immediacy From The Rush Of Liftoff, To The Heart Stopping Lunar Touchdown, To The Final Hurdle Of Reentry.

Award winning science journalist and space historian Andrew Chaikin has authored books and articles about space exploration and astronomy for than 25 years Writer director and explorer James Cameron Titanic, Aliens of the Deep called him our best historian of the space age Chaikin is best known as the author of A Man on the Moon The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts, widely regarded as

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  • A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts
  • Andrew Chaikin
  • English
  • 17 March 2018

10 thoughts on “A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts

  1. Ushan says:

    The Apollo project was the culmination of the Soviet American space race, the magnificently mad endeavor with no purpose other than national prestige, a twentieth century equivalent of the Great Sphinx of Giza The Soviets were the first to orbit a satellite around the Earth, to orbit a man, and to land a probe on the Moon, Venus and Mars Yet the Americans landed a man on the Moon, which the Soviets tried and failed to do The project used machines complicated than a Yamato class battleship of thirty years before, pushing the envelope of technology in all directions The history of how this was done is fascinating unfortunately, it is not told in this book Earlier in his career, the project director of the Saturn V rocket, which propelled the astronauts to the Moon, was the operations manager of the Mittelwerk underground factory in Germany, which produced the V 2 ballistic missile using the labor of inmates of the Mittelbau Dora concentration camp of the 60,000 laborers, 20,000 died of starvation, disease and overwork He was later stripped of his US citizenship, deported to Germany, and not given a visa to return for the 20th anniversary celebration of the Moon landings This rocketeer, named Arthur Rudolph, is not even in the index of Chaikin s ...

  2. Brad says:

    I am not a believer in the conspiracy theory of the moon landings There were just too many people involved, and that many people simply can t be counted upon to keep their mouths shut for all these years.Perhaps I am a little biased, though As an expatriate Yankee, one who is shamed and saddened by much of what my country has done, the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo missions are one of the few things my country did in the Twentieth Century and so far in the Twenty First for which I am actually proud.Andrew Chaikin does an exceptional job of recounting the Apollo missions, ensuring that it is not all about Neil, Buzz and What s his name Michael Collins, for anyone who s interested.Indeed, the most appealing aspect of A Man on the Moon is how Chaikin puts a face on the missions and men that are far from famous, from the other astronauts to the mission controllers and even those people involved in the design and manufacture of the space crafts.One of my favourites is the story of Harrison Schmitt, a geologist who joined the Apollo program as an astronaut in the scientist group and made his moon walk on Apollo 17 Schmitt was instrumental in the geological training of his fellow astronauts, helping to turn Gene Cernan, Dave Scott, John Young, Charles Duke and James Irwin into Lunar Field Geologists None of the astronauts were dumb men, in fact many of them were geniuses including a genuine rocket scientist , but turning t...

  3. Kristy Miller says:

    This is not about the scientists, or the engineers, or the thousands of people that made Apollo possible This book is about the personal lives and inner thoughts of the astronauts And it is fascinating Chaikin s book served as the basis for the HBO series From the Earth to the Moon, which I must now watch We only have a few Apollo astronauts left living And we have not been back to the moon Our president this week announced that he wanted to privatize the International Space Station, and I desperately hope that people with sense can stop that from happening We should be going back to the moon, per...

  4. Brad says:

    This review was written in the late nineties just for myself , and it was buried in amongst my things until today, when I uncovered the journal it was written in I have transcribed it verbatim from all those years ago although square brackets indicate some additional information for the sake of readability It is one of my lost reviews.What a personally powerful book A Man on the Moon is such a wonderful reminder of what we are capable of as a species and what wonderful things we can accomplish when we work together I hope to see a man on the moon in my lifetime, although I doubt it will happen, which is a shame It never ceases to amaze me that true life figures are so impressive when their stories are told whether they are really impressive or not Is this all just spin Is it the grandeur of their accomplishments Whatever I love hearing tales of Crazy Ho...

  5. Alec Ritchie says:

    Very thorough history of the Apollo moon landing Chaikin is obviously very passionate about the subject matter and his prose is pleasing to read If you have ever wanted to know what the birth of NASA and the subsequent Apollo program...

  6. Lara says:

    Dude, totally amazing Okay, so, I ve owned this book for at least five years now and I kept putting off reading it because I ve read a bunch of books about NASA before and also becauseI mean, it s really big When s the last time you read a nonfiction book that is 720 pages long Holy shit I mainly read YA and graphic novels these days, so it was kind of intimidating But anyway, I think there was recently some deal where I got it for 5 on audible and I figured I d put it off long enough, dammit And so.First of all, I have a huuuuuge soft spot in my heart for Bill Anders of Apollo 8 fame, being as he s a family friend and his dad was a total badass So it was awesome to hear so much about him and his thought processes and justimpressions of what being up there was like and about what he did after And also hear the news that there s actually official proof that he took the famous Earthrise picture, which was under much debate for a long time I also hadn t heard much about Apollo 12, because it s like there s 8, 11, and 13 and the rest might as well not exist, but it might be my new favorite Apollo mission Pete Conrad sounds like a lot of fun, and they were totally struck by lighting TWICE during liftoff Crazy And the epilogue and the afterwordso good and so sad Basically, I love how Chaikin wrote this I love that he interviewed all these men in person, and spoke to them about how going to space ch...

  7. Tom Quinn says:

    Revisited upon watching PBS Chasing The Moon at the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.Tells the story of the lucky few who have walked on the moon in a way that humanizes the characters and dramatizes perhaps melodramatizes the events Certainly a worthy successor to Tom Wolfe s The Right Stuff although this one is often reserved and less exuberant But by focusing on the players, the most significant feat of engineering in history is seamlessly folded into a quiet, moving human drama We see surprising moments of humor among professional elites, and stirring family tension among wives who stayed at home stone faced and secretly struggling to appear serene.4 stars out of 5 It s a tad too long overall and we spend a longer time repeating a couple topics than feels necessary interoffice politics, the se...

  8. Marceline Smith says:

    I got this for Christmas and it was all I could do not to sit sit down and read the whole thing from cover to cover, enormous though it is I ve been a space nut since I was very small wait, I am still very small and this book is just a joy It describes NASA s Apollo program in great detail, going through each mission from the disastrous beginnings through to the six Moon landings While sometimes bogged down by technical language and military customs, it does a great job of explaining how it all succeeded and introducing all the people who made it happen The actual moon landings are exhilarating to read about and each mission comes with so many problems overcome that you can understand why we ve never been back yet , though reading about NASA s plans at the time for moon bases and manned missions to Mars m...

  9. Steve Mitchell says:

    This is the true story of what was arguably the greatest technological and engineering achievement of the twentieth century No less a commentator that Arthur C Clarke said that the moon landings will be the defining moment of our age that will be remembered in a thousand years time Anybody that doubts the genuine significance of the moon landings upon our understanding of the formation of the solar system and how the universe works should read this book If you are one of those people that believe that the moon landings were faked shame on you then reading this will demonstrate the true ingenuity of all those...

  10. Jonathan Deaux says:

    This is the go to book for nearly all things related to the Apollo Program for the average person interested in one of the greatest achievements of human history and the faces that made the trip If you can only afford one book about Apollo, this is it One reviewer seems to think that there may not be enough actual political background and engineering involved with this account I read aviation and engineering books often than not and this is not a book on the in depth engineering involved with the Apollo Program.nor was it intended to be It certainly isn t meant to involve the politics or Cold War history that was running concurrent to the Apollo Program I m not sure what the other reviewer was expecting He may be better served reading a text on Advanced Physics, Advanced Geom...

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