In this Book

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In the Shadow of the Moon tells the story of the most exciting and challenging years in spaceflight, with two superpowers engaged in a titanic struggle to land one of their own people on the moon. While describing awe-inspiring technical achievements, the authors go beyond the missions and the competition of the space race to focus on the people who made it all possible. Their book explores the inspirations, ambitions, personalities, and experiences of the select few whose driving ambition was to fly to the moon.

Drawing on interviews with astronauts, cosmonauts, their families, technicians, and scientists, as well as rarely seen Soviet and American government documents, the authors craft a remarkable story of the golden age of spaceflight as both an intimate human experience and a rollicking global adventure. From the Gemini flights to the Soyuz space program to the earliest Apollo missions, including the legendary first moon landing, their book draws a richly detailed picture of the space race as an endeavor equally endowed with personal meaning and political significance.

Table of Contents

  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-ix
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. x-x
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. xi-xvi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xvii-xx
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  1. 1. Gemini Raises the Bar
  2. pp. 1-55
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  1. 2. A Rendezvous in Space
  2. pp. 56-89
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  1. 3. The Ballet of Weightlessness
  2. pp. 90-139
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  1. 4. The Risk Stuff
  2. pp. 140-183
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  1. 5. The Astronaut Enigma
  2. pp. 184-246
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  1. 6. Starting Over
  2. pp. 247-284
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  1. 7. Leaving the Good Earth
  2. pp. 285-327
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  1. 8. A Test Pilot’s Dream
  2. pp. 328-366
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  1. 9. The Highest Mountain
  2. pp. 367-410
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 411-412
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  1. References
  2. pp. 413-427
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780803209848
MARC Record
OCLC
182559769
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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