Americans to the Moon

Americans to the Moon

The Story of Project Apollo

Landmark Giant #20
by Gene Gurney
Publisher: Random House
©1970, Item: 79813
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"One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind," said Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong, as he took the first step on the surface of the moon.

How had this giant leap been accomplished? It was only a little more than eight years since President John F. Kennedy established the goal for Project Apollo of landing a man on the moon before 1970. In those few years, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration had

  • worked out the method they would use to reach the moon
  • built a rocket powerful enough to launch a spacecraft into lunar orbit
  • designed and built the capsule that would carry three men to the moon
  • built the lunar module that would actually land on the moon and take off again
  • selected and trained the scientist-astronauts who would be the explorers of this new world

Gene Gurney tells how all this was done. He describes the obstacles NASA had to overcome... the successes and the failures as each step was tested...the missions which paved the way for Apollo 11...the awe-inspiring first lunar landing....and Apollo 12—the second landing mission, when man began to walk farther into this new world. Here, step by step, is the thrilling story of Project Apollo.

—from the book

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