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Shoot for the Moon
Shoot for the Moon: The Space Race and the Extraordinary Voyage of Apollo 11 | James Donovan
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When the alarm went off fort thousand feet above the moon's surface, both astronauts looked down at the computer to see 1202 flashing on the readout. Neither of them knew what it meant, and time was running out... ON JULY 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the moon. One of the world's greatest technological achievements-and a triumph of American spirit and ingenuity-the Apollo 11 mission was a mammoth undertaking involving more than 410,000 men and women dedicated to winning the space race against the Soviets. Set amid the tensions of the Cold War and the upheavals of the sixties, and filled with first-person, behind-the-scenes details, Shoot for theMoon is a gripping account of the dangers, the challenges, and the sheer determination that defined not only Apollo 11, but also the Mercury and Gemini missions that came before it. From the shock of Sputnik and the heart-stopping final minutes of John Glenn's Mercury flight to the deadly whirligig of Gemini 8, the doomed Apollo 1 mission, and that perilous landing on the Sea of Tranquility-when the entire world held its breath while Armstrong and Aldrin battled computer alarms, low fuel, and other problems- James Donovan tells the whole story. Both sweeping and intimate, Shoot for the Moon is "a powerfully written and irresistible celebration" (Booklist, starred review) of one of humankind's most extraordinary feats of exploration.
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SaraGarland
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Very thorough and offered background information that I never knew about some of the early space missions. If you‘ve ever seen “The Right Stuff” or are a space nerd in general, you‘ll enjoy this one. Excellent book!

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#RedRoseSeptember #Saturn5 I‘m going with some of the lyrics 🎶Tagged book is on my virtual #TBR & features “President 35” and the race for space. I saw the moon exhibit this summer at The Met and it was fascinating 🚀 🌚💫 This July was the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, which really isn‘t that long ago. Amazing how much we‘ve done yet still have so far to go.

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SaraGarland
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So far, so good! Very informative and engaging.

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SaraGarland
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Really looking forward to getting into this one. I love the history of the space program.

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