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This book essentially begins where the earlier series volume "In the Shadow of the Moon" (French and Burgess) left off, with Neil Armstrong setting foot on the moon in July 1969. It then takes the reader on a breathtaking ride through the Apollo program, culminating in the cooperative ASTP mission in 1975.
Each chapter has been written by a different author to give the narrative a continually refreshing and personal approach to mission stories that are otherwise so well documented and known to us all. With just one exception, all of the authors are regular contributors to collectSPACE, namely: [list][*]Geoffrey Bowman
[*]and the late Phil Baker[/list] In a similar approach to the way in which Tom Hanks set about telling the story of Apollo in his magnificent HBO mini-series "From the Earth to the Moon", in which he used a different director/producer for each episode, so each of this book's authors presents the sagas of the American and Soviet flights covered in this extraordinary period from a different and quite unique aspect. Through dozens of personal interviews, correspondence and conversations, many new facts and fresh anecdotes have come to light.
An extensive foreword has been written by Gemini 11 and Apollo 12 astronaut Dick Gordon.
By common consent of the editor and authors all proceeds from this book, without exception, have been formally allocated by agreement with the publisher to the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation. It means that every book purchased through the publisher or elsewhere will go to supporting this very worthwhile scholarship program.
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