Upon his return to earth, Armstrong was honored and celebrated for his monumental achievement. In a riveting narrative filled with revelations, hansen vividly recreates Armstrong’s career in flying, from his seventy-eight combat missions as a naval aviator flying over North Korea to his formative transatmospheric flights in the rocket-powered X-15 to his piloting Gemini VIII to the first-ever docking in space.
In first man, the personal, technological, epic, and iconic blend to form the portrait of a great but reluctant hero who will forever be known as history’s most famous space traveler. Marking the forty-fifth anniversary of apollo 11’s moon landing, First Man by James Hansen offers the only authorized glimpse into the life of America’s most famous astronaut, Neil Armstrong—the man whose “one small step” changed history.
The eagle has landed. When apollo 11 touched down on the moon’s surface in 1969, the first man on the moon became a legend. For the forty-five years since the Moon landing, his religious beliefs, rumors have swirled around Armstrong concerning his dreams of space travel, and his private life. Armstrong’s accomplishments as engineer, and astronaut have long been a matter of record, test pilot, but Hansen’s unprecedented access to private documents and unpublished sources and his interviews with more than 125 subjects including more than fifty hours with Armstrong himself yield this first in-depth analysis of an elusive American celebrity still renowned the world over.
These milestones made it seem, as armstrong’s mother Viola memorably put it, “as if from the very moment he was born—farther back still—that our son was somehow destined for the Apollo 11 mission. For a pilot who cared more about flying to the Moon than he did about walking on it, Armstrong’s storied vocation exacted a dear personal toll, Hansen asserts, paid in kind by his wife and children.
Carrying the Fire: 50th Anniversary Edition
Reissued with a new preface by the author on the fiftieth anniversary of the apollo 11 journey to the moonThe years that have passed since Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins piloted the Apollo 11 spacecraft to the moon in July 1969 have done nothing to alter the fundamental wonder of the event: man reaching the moon remains one of the great events—technical and spiritual—of our lifetime.
In carrying the fire, collins conveys, the drama, in a very personal way, beauty, and humor of that adventure. He also traces his development from his first flight experiences in the air force, presenting an evocative picture of the joys of flight as well as a new perspective on time, through his days as a test pilot, light, to his Apollo 11 space walk, and movement from someone who has seen the fragile earth from the other side of the moon.
Neil Armstrong: A Life of Flight
Much has been written about Neil Armstrong, America's modern hero and history's most famous space traveler. Together neil and jay discussed everything, from his love of flying, to the war years, and of course his time in space. Neil armstrong himself said, "Barbree is history's most experienced space journalist.
Here for the first time is the definitive story of Neil's life of flight he shared for five decades with a trusted friend – Jay Barbree. Working from 50 years of conversations he had with neil, family, and remembrances of those Armstrong trusted, Barbree writes about Neil's three passions – flight, interviews, NASA spaceflight transcripts, from notes, and friends.
This is the inside story of neil armstrong from the time he flew combat missions in the Korean War and then flew a rocket plane called the X-15 to the edge of space, to when he saved his Gemini 8 by flying the first emergency return from Earth orbit and then flew Apollo-Eleven to the moon's Sea of Tranquility.
Yet shy of fame and never one to steal the spotlight Armstrong was always reluctant to discuss his personal side of events. He is exceptionally well qualified to recall and write the events and emotions of our time. Through his friendship with neil and his dedicated research, Barbree brings us the most accurate account of his friend's life of flight, the book he planned for twenty years.
The book is full of never-before-seen photos and personal details written down for the first time, what life in NASA was like, including what Armstrong really felt when he took that first step on the moon, his relationships with the other astronauts, and what he felt the future of space exploration should be.
As the only reporter to have covered all 166 American astronaut flights and moon landings Jay knows these events intimately.
Failure Is Not an Option: Mission Control from Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond
What appeared as nearly flawless missions to the Moon were, in fact, a series of hair-raising near misses. When the space technology failed, as it sometimes did, the controllers’ only recourse was to rely on their skills and those of their teammates. He endured the disastrous first years when rockets blew up and the United States seemed to fall further behind the Soviet Union in the space race.
With his teammates, he accepted the challenge to carry out President John F. He helped to launch alan shepard and John Glenn, then assumed the flight director’s role in the Gemini program, which he guided to fruition. This new york times bestselling memoir of a veteran nasa flight director tells riveting stories from the early days of the Mercury program through Apollo 11 the moon landing and Apollo 13, for both of which Kranz was flight director.
Gene kranz was present at the creation of America’s manned space program and was a key player in it for three decades. Kranz recounts these thrilling historic events and offers new information about the famous flights. As a flight director in naSA’s Mission Control, Kranz witnessed firsthand the making of history.
Kennedy’s commitment to land a man on the Moon before the end of the 1960s. He participated in the space program from the early days of the Mercury program to the last Apollo mission, and beyond. A fascinating firsthand account by a veteran mission controller of one of America’s greatest achievements, Failure is Not an Option reflects on what has happened to the space program and offers his own bold suggestions about what we ought to be doing in space now.
No Dream Is Too High: Life Lessons From a Man Who Walked on the Moon
Buzz was rejected the first time he applied to be an astronaut. Look for opportunities, not obstacles. He stays fit, energetic, and fascinated with life. No dream is too high whittles down buzz aldrin's event-filled life into a short list of principles he values, each illustrated by fascinating anecdotes and memories, such as: · Second comes right after first.
Always maintain your spirit of adventure. Everywhere he goes, crowds gather to meet Buzz Aldrin. For his 80th birthday, Buzz went diving in the Galapagos and hitched a ride on a whale shark. He is a world-class hero, a larger-than-life figurehead, best known of a generation of astronauts whose achievements surged in just a few years from first man in space to first men on the moon.
Nasa protocol should have meant he was first on the moon, but rules changed just before the mission. Failure is an opportunity to learn to do better. Now he pauses to reflect and share what he has learned, from the vantage point not only of outer space but also of time: still a non-stop traveler and impassioned advocate for space exploration, Aldrin will be 86 in 2016.
. How he learned to be proud of being the second man on the moon. Beloved american hero and astronaut buzz aldrin reflects on the wisdom, guiding principles, and irreverent anecdotes he's gathered—both in outer space and on earth—through his event-filled life, in this inspiring guide-to-life for the next generation.
No dream is too high is a beautiful memento, a thought-provoking set of ideas, and a new opportunity for Buzz Aldrin to connect with the masses of people who recognize his unique place in human history.
John Glenn: A Memoir
But these two historical events only bracketed a life that covers the sweep of an extraordinary century. John glenn's autobiography spans the seminal events of the twentieth century. Always a gifted flier, it was during the war that he contemplated the unlimited possibilities of aviation and its frontiers.
We see the early days of nasa, where he first served as a backup pilot for astronauts Alan Shepard and Gus Grissom. Nearly four decades later, as the world's oldest astronaut, his courage reveted a nation. He took these values with him as a marine fighter pilot during World War II and into the skies over Korea, for which he would be decorated.
Senator-and in 1998 a return to space for his remarkable Discover mission at the age of seventy-seven. Then came several years in international business, followed by a twenty-four year career as a U. S. It is a story that begins with his childhood in Ohio where he learned the importance of family, community, and patriotism.
. He was the first astronaut to orbit the Earth. In 1962 glenn piloted the mercury-Atlas 6 Friendship 7 spacecraft on the first manned orbital mission of the United States.
Deke! U.S. Manned Space: From Mercury To the Shuttle
Now, after decades of silence, he tells his priceless stories of those years when American was engaged in the greatest voyage of exploration in human history. At the publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software DRM applied. It was deke slayton who selected the crews who flew the Gemini, Apollo, and Skylab missions.
Deke slayton's knowledge of how the. S. Manned space program worked is the missing piece of every space buff's puzzle. Deke slayton was one of the first seven Mercury astronauts--and he might have been the first American in space. It was deke slayton who made Neil Armstrong the first man on the moon. Deke! is deke slayton's' story--told in his own words and in the voices of the men and women who worked with him and knew him best.
Instead, he became the first chief of American Astronaut Corps.
Light This Candle: The Life and Times of Alan Shepard
Light this candle, based on neal thompson’s exclusive access to private papers and interviews with Shepard’s family and closest friends—including John Glenn, Wally Schirra, and Gordon Cooper—offers a riveting, action-packed account of Shepard’s life. He endured long separations from his devoted wife and three daughters to fly dangerous missions, working his way up the ranks despite clashes with authority over his brazen flying maneuvers and penchant for risky pranks.
Hugely competitive, he beat out john Glenn for the first Mercury spaceflight and then overcame a rare illness to return to space again on Apollo 14. He took every challenge head-on and seemed to win every time. Among the first men to fly off aircraft carriers, he was one of the most fearless test pilots. Long overdue, light this Candle is a candid and inspiring account of a bold American life.
Intense, colorful, until his death in 1998, and dramatic—the man who hit a golf ball on the moon—he was among the most private of America’s public figures and, he guarded the story of his life zealously. Lan shepard was the brashest, cockiest, and most flamboyant of America’s original Mercury Seven, but he was also regarded as the best.
Only fifty-five hours into the flight of Apollo 13, disaster struck: a mysterious explosion rocked the ship, and soon its oxygen and power began draining away. The entire nation watches as one crisis after another is met and overcome. By the time the ship splashes down in the Pacific, we understand why the heroic effort to rescue Lovell and his crew is considered by many to be NASA's finest hour.
Now, thirty years after the launch of the mission, Jim Lovell and coauthor Jeffrey Kluger add a new preface and never-before-seen photographs to Apollo 13. Written with all the color and drama of the best fiction, APOLLO 13 previously published as Lost Moon tells the full story of the moon shot that almost ended in catastrophe.
Minutes after the explosion, the three astronauts are forced to abandon the main ship for the lunar module, a tiny craft designed to keep two men alive for just two days. In april 1970, during the glory days of the apollo space program, NASA sent Navy Captain Jim Lovell and two other astronauts on America's fifth mission to the moon.
As inspiring today as it was thirty years ago, the story of Apollo 13 is a timeless tribute to the enduring American spirit and sparkling individual heroism. In their preface, long consigned to an aviation museum outside paris, culminating only recently when the Apollo 13 spacecraft itself, they offer an incisive look at America's waxing and waning love affair with space exploration during the past three decades, was at last returned to its rightful home in the United States.
As the hours tick away, the narrative shifts from the crippled spacecraft to Mission Control, from engineers searching desperately for a way to fix the ship to Lovell's wife and children praying for his safe return.
Return to Earth
One day a fighter pilot and engineer, the next a cultural hero burdened with the adoration of thousands, Aldrin gives a poignant account of the affair that threatened his marriage, as well as his descent into alcoholism and depression that resulted from trying to be too many things to too many people.
. With that splash, aldrin takes readers on a journey through the human side of the space program, as one of the first two men to land on the moon learns to cope with the pressures of his new public persona. Apollo 11 astronaut buzz aldrin’s courageous, candid memoir of his return to Earth after the historic moon landing and his personal struggle with fame and depression.
As aldrin puts it, “i traveled to the moon, but the most significant voyage of my life began when I returned from where no man had been before. Return to earth is a powerful and moving memoir that exposes the stresses suffered by those in the Apollo program and the price Buzz Aldrin paid when he became an American icon.
He didn’t realize that when he landed on his home planet his odyssey had just begun. In honest and compelling prose, Aldrin reveals a side of instant fame for which West Point and NASA could never have prepared him. We landed with all the grace of a freight elevator, ” Buzz Aldrin relates in the opening passages of Return to Earth, remembering Command Module Columbia’s abrupt descent into the gravity of the blue planet.
The Last Man on the Moon: Astronaut Eugene Cernan and America's Race in Space
Written with new york times bestselling author don davis, the last Man on the Moon is the astronaut story never before told - about the fear, love and sacrifice demanded of the few men who dared to reach beyond the heavens for the biggest prize of all - the Moon. His career spanned the entire gemini and apollo programs, from being the first person to spacewalk all the way around our world to the moment when he left man's last footprint on the Moon as commander of Apollo 17.
Between those two historic events lay more adventures than an ordinary person could imagine as Cernan repeatedly put his life, his family and everything he held dear on the altar of an obsessive desire. The basis of the 2014 award-winning feature-length documentary! A revealing and dramatic look at the inside of the American Space Program from one of its pioneers.
Eugene cernan was a unique American who came of age as an astronaut during the most exciting and dangerous decade of spaceflight.