Friday, July 19, 2019

Eleven titles celebrating 50 years since the Apollo 11 Moon landing

At the B&N Reads blog Ross Johnson tagged eleven books celebrating 50 years since the Apollo 11 Moon landing, including:
Shoot for the Moon: The Space Race and the Extraordinary Voyage of Apollo 11, by James Donovan

Sputnik 1 was launched by the Soviet Union in 1957, an event that shocked Americans with the revelation that their Cold War adversary might be leaping ahead in the Space Race. It led to the Mercury mission to put an American into orbit, the Gemini mission to extend our capabilities in space, and, of course, the Apollo program, which took us to the Moon. Donovan explores the whole series of events from beginning to end, highlighting the triumphs and disasters of the three programs that eventually did put people on the Moon. There were incredible challenges, heartbreaking losses, and moments that might have turned out very differently—such as when a critical alarm went off 40,000 feet over the lunar surface—were it not for human ingenuity.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue