A Man on the Moon

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  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-08-28
  • Publisher: Penguin Group USA

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This acclaimed portrait of heroism and ingenuity captures a watershed moment in human history. The astronauts themselves have called it the definitive account of their missions. On the night of July 20, 1969, our world changed forever when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon. Based on in-depth interviews with twenty-three of the twenty-four moon voyagers, as well as those who struggled to get the program moving, A Man on the Moonconveys every aspect of the Apollo missions with breathtaking immediacy and stunning detail.

Author Biography

Andrew Chaikin has been writing about space exploration for more than 25 years. He is a commentator for National Public Radio-'s Morning Edition, and served as a consultant on the HBO miniseries From the Earth to the Moon, which was based in part on this book.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. v
Prefacep. viii
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Prologuep. 1
"Fire in the Cockpit!"p. 11
The Officep. 27
First Around the Moon (Apollo 8)p. 56
The Decisionp. 56
A Hole in the Starsp. 82
"In the Beginning..."p. 107
"It's All Over but the Shouting"p. 125
"Before This Decade Is Out"p. 135
The Parlayp. 135
"We Is Down Among 'Em!"p. 150
Down to the Wirep. 160
The First Lunar Landing (Apollo 11)p. 184
The Eagle Has Landedp. 184
Magnificent Desolationp. 200
"Before This Decade Is Out"p. 219
Sailors on the Ocean of Storms (Apollo 12)p. 231
The Education of Alan Beanp. 231
Shore Leavep. 253
In the Belly of the Snowmanp. 270
The Crown of an Astronaut's Career (Apollo 13)p. 285
A Change of Fortunep. 285
The Moon Is a Harsh Mistressp. 303
The Chill of Spacep. 318
The Story of a Full-up Mission (Apollo 14)p. 337
Big Al Flies Againp. 337
To the Promised Landp. 352
Solop. 360
The Climbp. 364
The Scientistp. 383
A Fire to Be Lightedp. 398
To the Mountains of the Moon (Apollo 15)p. 411
"Exploration at Its Greatest"p. 411
High Pointp. 423
The Spirit of Galileop. 437
The Final Selectionp. 444
The Unexpected Moon (Apollo 16)p. 452
Luna Incognitap. 452
"You Just Bit Off More Than You Can Chew"p. 477
"...Or Wherever Geologists Go"p. 482
The Last Men on the Moon (Apollo 17)p. 495
Sunrise at Midnightp. 495
Apollo at the Limitp. 516
Witnesses to the Earthrisep. 531
Epilogue: The Audiences of the Moonp. 553
Afterword: A People Without Limitsp. 587
Astronaut Biographical Informationp. 597
Persons Interviewedp. 607
Apollo Mission Datap. 610
Bibliographyp. 615
Author's Notesp. 621
Indexp. 663
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