Rocket men: the triumph and tragedy of the first Americans on the moon

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A richly detailed and dramatic account of one of the greatest achievements of humankind At 9:32 A.M. on July 16, 1969, the Apollo 11 rocket launched in the presence of more than a million spectators who had gathered to witness a truly historic event. It carried Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Mike Collins to the last frontier of human imagination: the moon. Rocket Men is the thrilling story of the moon mission, and it restores the mystery and majesty to an event that may have become too familiar for most people to realize what a stunning achievement it represented in planning, technology, and execution. Through interviews, twenty-three thousand pages of NASA oral histories, and declassified CIA documents on the space race, Craig Nelson re-creates a vivid and detailed account of the Apollo 11 mission. From the quotidian to the scientific to the magical, readers are taken right into the cockpit with Aldrin and Armstrong and behind the scenes at Mission Control. Rocket Men is the story of a twentieth-century pilgrimage; a voyage into the unknown motivated by politics, faith, science, and wonder that changed the course of history.
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subject_facet Astronautics -- United States -- History -- 20th century, Space flight to the moon
table_of_contents Behemoth -- The general's command -- Anything but what he is -- The sons of Galileo -- Mr. Cool Stone -- Don't eat toads -- A way to talk to God -- The great black sea -- The birth of the moon -- How the pyramids were built -- Total Cold War -- The bluff at Nobleman's Grave -- The fluid front -- The transfiguration -- The eagle has wings -- One of those sad days when you lose a machine -- "Mr. president, the eagle has landed? -- To rediscover childhood -- A tenuous grasp -- We missed the whole thing -- Through you, we touched the moon -- Aftermath.
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title Rocket men : the triumph and tragedy of the first Americans on the moon
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