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

By Andrew Chaikin

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


In a 2007 afterword, Chaikin discusses how a scarcity of growth in human spaceflight has pressured exploration-hungry observers to show their curiosity to robot probes. to make certain, the achievements of those remote-controlled explorers were amazing and interesting to monitor. As Chaikin wrote, rovers have been exploring Mars, Cassini had arrived at Saturn, and New Horizons used to be simply starting its trip to Pluto. yet Chaikin is apparent that merely human spaceflight can encourage humans and ignite their passions within the manner Apollo did. [Apollo evaluation, http://www.apolloreview.com/a-man-on-the-moon/]

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Today's simulated countdown was nothing new; it wasn't con­ sidered dangerous—the Saturn booster was not fueled—or even dif­ ficult. M. First there was an unidentified odor in the breathing oxygen that re­ minded Grissom of sour milk; that alone had held up the test for an hour. M. the pad crews installed the command module's heavy, two-piece hatch and sealed it shut. The spacecraft was pressurized with pure oxygen, just as it would be on launch day. Then came the communications trouble. By late afternoon Roosa was able to converse with the men inside the sealed spacecraft, but there were problems with the voice link to the Manned Spaceflight Operations building 5^2 miles away.

But if NASA would take him, he didn’t need Yeager. By the time he reached the next traffic light, he had decided to apply. No one was more surprised than Anders when he found himself still in the running after each cut. When it came time for the in­ terview with Deke Slayton’s selection committee in Houston, An­ ders tried hard to anticipate what they would want. He stressed his fighter-pilot experience, of course, but he also played up his work at Kirtland on how to shield spacecraft from space radiation.

And there were other risks, not only on Gemini but on the comparatively primitive Mercury flights. Looking back, it was not only superb hardware and outstanding people, in space and on the ground, that had averted tragedy, it was also luck. But the lunar missions were even more complex, and among the astronauts there was an unspoken feeling that it was only a matter of time before their luck ran out. Gus Grissom had known that. " And a few weeks ago, at a press conference, he had said, “If we die, we want people to accept it.

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