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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 them into geologists on top of all their other duties and concerns was a huge undertaking, and one that gave us a far better understanding of the moon s geology than we could have achieved any other way Another fine account is Chaikin s re telling of the landing pad fire aboard Apollo 1, which killed Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee It is one of the saddest moments in the history of the Apollo program, and Chaikin manages to strike a balance between respect for the fallen and the investigation that came to see the accident as a failure of imagination He avoids the temptation of the maudlin, and the three dead astronauts would undoubtedly have appreciated that.If you re a space buff, especially if you re a fan of the moon missions, A Man on the Moon is a must read and if you are coming to that landmark moment for the first time, it is the perfect book to get you started. 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 oftenreserved 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 selection process for who would man a given mission, the ins and outs of lunar landing simulations I found it did not hold my interest consistently throughout, but though it could have been edited to be a bit tighter, when it s on it s really engrossing. 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, perhaps try and set up a permanent laboratory or something We should be sending people to Mars, andprobes to other planets Science and exploration are part of who we are as human beings We shouldn t be putting price tags on these things, and they shouldn t be solely American ventures Getting to the moon was humanity s baby steps It s time to start walking. 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 Horse and Custer, of Henry V or Julius Caesar or Cleopatra But right now I most love to hear the stories of the Astronauts and Cosmonauts.Apollo 12 s tightly bound crew of Conrad, Bean and Gordon were inspiring with their camraderie Apollo 13 s near fatal accident couldn t have been dreamt up by the greatest of screenwriters then there s my favourite, the Apollo 17 crew of Cernan, Jack Schmitt and Ronald Evans The finest scientific achievments of the program, and a fitting end to one of the world s greatest pursuits Chaikan s book allowed me to take part in the Apollo adventures for that I am grateful. 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 changed them or not I love how he tells the story of the Mercury and Apollo programs and how focused he is on the men involved I love how personal he makes this story, and how he brings it back to a fierce longing for us to go back to the moon, and to become a species that lives onthan one planet And Bronson Pinchot does an absolutely fantastic job with the narration Why the heck did I put this off for so long I will probably actually read all 720 pages again someday. 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 is all about, I think you d be hard pressed to do better than this book. .Read Book ♥ A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts ♵ The Greatest Adventure Of The Twentieth Century Came With A John F Kennedy Deadline, To Put A Man On The Moon Before The End Of The Decade The Race To The Moon Started InAnd Was Crowned With Success InWhen Neil Armstrong Accomplished His Famous Moon Walk, Twenty Five Years AgoThrough The Astronauts Eyes, Revealing Many Previously Unknown Personal Details, Andrew Chaikin Chronicles The Apollo Missions From Their Disaster Plagued Beginnings, Through Their Spectacular Climax, To Their Premature EndFrom Flamboyant Prankster Pete Conrad To Shy And Remote Neil Armstrong, Memorable Characters Abound Andrew Chaikin Skillfully Makes Technological Details Accessible To The Lay Reader, And Gives Each Aspect Of The Moon Voyage, From A Saturn V Lift Off To The Euphoria Of A Moon Walk, All The Excitement Of A Minute By Minute AccountAlthough Watched By Millions On Television, The Real Impact Of Apollo The Experiences Of The First Men To Visit Another World Remained Until Now Like The Moon Itself, Beyond Our GraspWith Its Narrative Skill And Unprecedented Characterization, A Man On The Moon Brings Us Closer Than Ever To Understanding Those Experiences, And Will Ensure The Feats Of The Astronauts Live On In The Popular Memory As a young boy in the mid 1960 s I was fascinated with the space program My father would make sure not to miss any of the live broadcasts of the manned launches which seemed to always be impossibly early in the morning , and I insisted that he wake me in time to see them also The excitement that I felt then, as I imagined myself seated inside the tiny capsule at the top of a huge and powerful rocket, still reverberates in me today when I think back on it.I was 10 years old when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon I truly felt that this giant leap for mankind represented not so much the culmination and achievement of a hard fought, eight year goal, butof a new beginning of a farwondrous and adventurous future It inspired me to want to be an active participant in the shaping of that future.Unfortunately, the future I envisioned and hoped for and which showcased itself spectacularly in the movie 2001 A Space Odyssey never materialized The last manned lunar flight was 47 years ago, in 1972 Today, of the 12 men who walked on the moon, only four are still alive Of the additional 14 men who went to the moon without setting foot on it, only eight are still living All of these living lunar explorers are now very old I feel fortunate to have witnessed such a unique and great achievement in my lifetime But, as NASA administrator George Low said to retiring lunar astronaut Stu Roosa, You know, there will never be another Apollo in anybody s life Today, at the NASA space centers in Houston and Florida, the Saturn Vs for Apollo 18 and 19 both missions canceled lie on tourist stands, like unfinished obelisks, reminders of a time that seems now as remote as the moon itself Across the distance of a half century, Apollo is an anomaly There was a rare confluence of historical forces in 1961 A perceived threat to national prestige from the Soviet Union was met by a dynamic leader, John Kennedy, and economic prosperity allowed him to launch a massive effort to demonstrate America s capabilities The moon was the ideal target close enough to reach, audacious enough to capture the imagination from 1961 to 1972, the objective was as clear and inspiring as any you could ask for You had only to go outside at night and look at it.I loved this book, even though I loved Carrying the Fire by Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins just a bitFocusing on the separate missions of project Apollo and on the lives of its astronauts and NASA administrators, A Man on the Moon sucked me in and kept me enthralled for the duration Like the manned lunar missions themselves, I did not want this book to end.My favorite passage relates the thoughts of Apollo 8 astronaut William Anders after he had just seen and photographed the earth as no human had ever done before in its entirety, from the distance of the moon On his way into a fitful sleep, Anders began to realize We came all this way to explore the moon, and the most important thing is that we discovered the earth.I mourn the fact that in the half century since then it seems humanity has forgotten or perhaps it never really registered with most of us in the first place what a unique, special, isolated, and fragile planet we all live on and on which we all depend for everything. 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 makes me so sad The book is also the source material for HBO s rather great TV series From the Earth to the Moon, which is well worth checking out My only disappointment is that Chaikin hasn t yet done a book about the Shuttle missions come on man, get to it This is a joke, before anyone has a go at me I m actually wayimpressed he s helping with current NASA missions and happy to wait. 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 involved with the Apollo programme and the risks that the astronauts were prepared to take for the advancement of knowledge and exploration some of whom paid the ultimate price during their quest If I had to fault this book I would say that it is not the definitive and exhaustive history of the Apollo missions my search shall continue.