Rocket Men

Rocket Men

[the Epic Story of the First Americans on the Moon]

Audiobook CD - 2009
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On May 20, 1969, the thirty-story-high Apollo 11-Saturn V spaceship was trundled from Cape Kennedy’s Vehicle Assembly Building to Pad 39A for its final inspection and countdown. The nearly 1 million spectators who began gathering at Cape Kennedy for launch on July 16, 1969, were kept at least 3.5 miles away from the pad because, in an explosion, hundred-pound chunks of shrapnel would be hurled in a 3-mile radius. Finally, at 9:32 a.m., Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Mike Collins lifted into the skies on the greatest adventure in modern history: the first trip to the Moon.

Restoring the drama, majesty, and sheer improbability of an American triumph that has now come to be taken for granted, Rocket Men is the complete, definitive, and thrilling account of that glorious achievement. Through interviews, 23,000 pages of NASA oral histories, and declassified CIA documents on the space race, Craig Nelson offers a grippingly vivid and detailed narrative of the Apollo 11 mission.

Publisher: Westminster, Md. : Books on Tape, [2009]
Edition: Library edition
Copyright Date: ℗2009
ISBN: 9781415964729
Branch Call Number: COMP DISC 629.454 NELSO
Characteristics: digital,1.4 m/s
sound discs (72 min. each) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: McGonagle, Richard
Notes: Compact discs
Subtitle from container
Release: May 2009


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Apr 30, 2013

I enjoyed the narrative, and the plethora of long quotes from participants of the Apollo 11 mission and some of the rocket scientists who made it possible. I continue to be amazed at the sheer gumption that took NASA from rockets failing on the pad to the creation of a tiny oasis that carried three men through the vacuum to the moon and back home again. In this divided time, I almost long for the shared national vision and sense of wonder that they all must have felt, even if it was ultimately only a manifestation of the Cold War. Only three stars because I found out, quite by accident, that the book is riddled with tiny errors of the esoteric variety that only true aficionados would notice. I didn't hear anything that I knew to be wrong, but knowing they were there ruined a little of my enjoyment.


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