Apollo 13

Apollo 13

Book - 2006
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In April 1970, during the glory days of the Apollo space program, NASA sent Navy Captain Jim Lovell and two other astronauts on America's fifth mission to the moon. Only fifty-five hours into the flight of Apollo 13, disaster struck: a mysterious explosion rocked the ship, and soon its oxygen and power began draining away. Written with all the color and drama of the best fiction, APOLLO 13 (previously published as Lost Moon) tells the full story of the moon shot that almost ended in catastrophe. Minutes after the explosion, the three astronauts are forced to abandon the main ship for the lunar module, a tiny craft designed to keep two men alive for just two days. As the hours tick away, the narrative shifts from the crippled spacecraft to Mission Control, from engineers searching desperately for a way to fix the ship to Lovell's wife and children praying for his safe return. The entire nation watches as one crisis after another is met and overcome. By the time the ship splashes down in the Pacific, we understand why the heroic effort to rescue Lovell and his crew is considered by many to be NASA's finest hour.
Now, thirty years after the launch of the mission, Jim Lovell and coauthor Jeffrey Kluger add a new preface and never-before-seen photographs to Apollo 13. In their preface, they offer an incisive look at America's waxing and waning love affair with space exploration during the past three decades, culminating only recently when the Apollo 13 spacecraft itself, long consigned to an aviation museum outside Paris, was at last returned to its rightful home in the United States. As inspiring today as it was thirty years ago, the story of Apollo 13 is a timeless tribute to the enduring American spirit and sparkling individual heroism.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2006, c1994.
ISBN: 9780618619580
0618619585
Characteristics: 390 p., [20] p. of plates :,ill. ;,21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Kluger, Jeffrey

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Nov 03, 2014

Fantastic book!!

btmslt Mar 14, 2012

A terrific action adventure story. I have seen the movie which was based on this book several times and finally decided to read the book. I should not have waited so long! The book is far better then movie. The details and the acuracy which the book brings to the reader's attention are very interesting. Ron Howard did a good job of making the movie but his obvious exagerations designed for surprise were unecessary. For instance, the flight doctor vs. astrountant sceen and the fast paced power-up of the command module did not happen the way the movie suggests but rather in a more understandable "every moon mission way". The personalities of all the men invovled in the actions associated with the mission were also detailed in the book. Even more interesting were the actual activites of all, the control auditorium staff, including all the staff shifts. I also enjoyed the background information concerning Lowell's career. as well as the other astrounants involved with NASA. I must read for action adventure enthusiastics as well as space adventurers!

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