A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts by Andrew Chaikin

By Andrew Chaikin

It selections up the place definitely the right Stuff left off. [Stu Roosa, Apollo 14, again cover]


In a 2007 afterword, Chaikin discusses how an absence of growth in human spaceflight has compelled exploration-hungry observers to show their curiosity to robot probes. to make certain, the achievements of those remote-controlled explorers were notable and fascinating to observe. As Chaikin wrote, rovers have been exploring Mars, Cassini had arrived at Saturn, and New Horizons was once simply starting its trip to Pluto. yet Chaikin is obvious that purely human spaceflight can motivate humans and ignite their passions within the approach Apollo did. [Apollo overview, http://www.apolloreview.com/a-man-on-the-moon/]

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16 A MAN ON THE MOON This command module, like Grissom's, was a prototype called Block I. It was never built to go to the moon, but was instead de­ signed only to fly in earth orbit, on the first Apollo flights. An im­ proved version, called Block II, was already being developed for the lunar missions, and last month, NASA had decided that there would be only one Block I mission, Apollo 1. Stafford and his crew were here at North American, the prime contractor for the command module, to help provide engineering support for the activities at the Cape.

40 A MAN ON THE MOON He was still waiting on a hot Wednesday early in June 1963. That day he was driving home from work in his Volkswagen micro­ bus and listening to the news when there was an announcement that NASA was looking for new astronauts. As the announcer read the requirements, Anders checked them off in his mind: Age, thirty-five years or less. Two thousand hours flying time in highperformance jets. Advanced degree in engineering or physical sci­ ence. And then—most important of all: Test pilot experience preferred, but not mandatory.

Even among these most elite fliers, the Seven had a status approaching royalty. ” 13 first Americans to venture into the heavens. Everything the Original 7 did was energized with competition, from flying airplanes to their impromptu drag races on straight Florida roads to their adventures in the nightspots of Cocoa Beach, and Grissom was always a zealous participant. But even to other astronauts, Grissom was not an easy man to know; he was a loner among loners. In 1967 Gus Grissom stood at the top of the active roster of astronauts, but he had started out as something of an underdog.

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