Flying to the Moon

An Astronaut's Story

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Author: Michael Collins

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

ISBN: 0374313342

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 224

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Based on the adult bestseller Carrying the Fire In time for the 50th anniversary of man's first landing on the moon, this re-release of Michael Collins's autobiography is a bold, sparkling testament to exploration and perseverance. In this captivating account, space traveler Collins recalls his early days as an Air Force test pilot, his training at NASA, and his unparalleled experiences in orbit, including the Apollo 11 mission, the first manned lunar landing. The final chapter to this autobiography is an exciting and convincing argument in favor of mankind's continued exploration of our universe. Originally published in 1976 and updated for this new edition, including an introduction from astronaut Scott Kelly, Collins's voice and message are sure to resonate with a new generation of readers.

Fly Me to the Moon

An Insider's Guide to the New Science of Space Travel

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Author: Edward Belbruno

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691128221

Category: Science

Page: 148

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When a leaf falls on a windy day, it drifts and tumbles, tossed every which way on the breeze. This is chaos in action. In Fly Me to the Moon, Edward Belbruno shows how to harness the same principle for low-fuel space travel--or, as he puts it, "surfing the gravitational field." Belbruno devised one of the most exciting concepts now being used in space flight, that of swinging through the cosmos on the subtle fluctuations of the planets' gravitational pulls. His idea was met with skepticism until 1991, when he used it to get a stray Japanese satellite back on course to the Moon. The successful rescue represented the first application of chaos to space travel and ushered in an emerging new field. Part memoir, part scientific adventure story, Fly Me to the Moon gives a gripping insider's account of that mission and of Belbruno's personal struggles with the science establishment. Along the way, Belbruno introduces readers to recent breathtaking advances in American space exploration. He discusses ways to capture and redirect asteroids; presents new research on the origin of the Moon; weighs in on discoveries like 2003 UB313 (now named Eris), a dwarf planet detected in the far outer reaches of our solar system--and much more. Grounded in Belbruno's own rigorous theoretical research but written for a general audience, Fly Me to the Moon is for anybody who has ever felt moved by the spirit of discovery.

'Voyage to the Moon' and Other Imaginary Lunar Flights of Fancy in Antebellum America

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Author: Paul C. Gutjahr

Publisher: Anthem Press

ISBN: 1783087420

Category: Fiction

Page: 250

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'Voyage to the Moon' And Other Imaginary Lunar Flights of Fancy in Antebellum America gathers for the first time in a scholarly critical edition four moon voyage stories published by Americans prior to the Civil War. Included in this volume are the works by George Tucker, Edgar Allan Poe, Richard Adams Locke and John Leonard Riddell. Along with a general introduction to the collection as a whole, each story has its own introductory material along with explanatory footnotes and appendixes to help identify the key points of its textual and cultural history.

How Apollo Flew to the Moon

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Author: W. David Woods

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9780387740669

Category: Science

Page: 412

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Between 1968 and 1972, twenty four daring men journeyed from Earth to the Moon. This fascinating book traces what was a massive accomplishment right from the early launches through manned orbital spaceflights, detailing each step. Out of the battlefields of World War II came the gifted German engineers and designers who developed the V-2 rocket, which evolved into the powerful Saturn V booster that propelled men to the Moon. David Woods tells this exciting story, starting from America’s postwar astronautical research facilities. The techniques and procedures developed have been recognised as an example of human exploration at its greatest, demonstrating a peak of technological excellence.

Gemini - Steps to the Moon

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Author: Shayler David

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9781852334055

Category: Science

Page: 222

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In Gemini - Steps to the Moon, David Shayler, the author, tells the story of the origin and development of the programme and the spacecraft from the perspective of the engineers, flight controllers and astronauts involved. It includes chapters on flight tests, Extra Vehicular Activity (EVA), rendezvous and docking, as well as information from NASA archives and personal interviews.

The Last Men to Walk on the Moon

The Story Behind America's Last Walk on the Moon

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Author: Brinkley Howard,Historycaps

Publisher: BookCaps Study Guides

ISBN: 1621074862

Category: Science

Page: 60

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By Apollo 17, the space race was over and the fascination with the Apollo mission was not as great. Though the mission is not the most covered mission, it is one of the most important-what its experiments proved paved the way for space missions to come.

Space and Beyond

The Frontier Theme in Science Fiction

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Author: Gary Westfahl

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313308468

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 207

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Although the exploration of space has long preoccupied authors and filmmakers, the development of an actual space program, discoveries about the true nature of space, and critical reconsiderations of America's frontier experiences have challenged and complicated conventional portrayals of humans in space. This volume reexamines the themes of space and the frontier in science fiction in light of recent scientific and literary developments. Included are the observations of noted science fiction writers such as Arthur C. Clarke, Gregory Benford, James Gunn, and Jack Williamson, along with contributions from leading scholars in the field.

Apollo Expeditions to the Moon

The NASA History

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Author: Edgar M. Cortright

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486471756

Category: Science

Page: 313

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Presented in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the lunar landing, this new edition of an official NASA publication presents the thrilling inside story of the Apollo program. Written in direct, jargon-free language and featuring numerous illustrations, this compelling adventure features essays by engineers, administrators, and astronauts that recall the challenges associated with putting men on the moon.

Tracking Apollo to the Moon

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Author: Hamish Lindsay

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9781852332129

Category: Science

Page: 426

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This is perhaps the most complete, detailed and readable story of manned space-flight ever published. The text begins with the historical origins of the dream of walking on the Moon, covers the earliest Mercury and Gemini flights and then moves on to the end of the Apollo era. In readable, fascinating detail, Hamish Lindsay - who was directly involved in all three programs - chronicles mankind's greatest adventure with a great narrative, interviews, quotes and masses of photographs, including some previously unpublished. In addition to bringing the history of these missions to life the book serves as a detailed reference for space enthusiasts and students.