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cspg
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posted 10-21-2008 10:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Moonshot: The Inside Story of Mankind's Greatest Adventure
by Dan Parry
In 1969, people from across the globe gathered round television sets to witness one of the most historic moments in the history of mankind - the first human moon landing. Following this epic undertaking from its very beginning - a product of the Cold War and America's desire to flex its international muscle - through to its aftermath, "Moonshot" goes beyond official accounts of the Apollo 11 mission to tell the real, untold story of an event known the world over.From the fraught and often bitter relationships between the three men destined to make history - hot-headed Buzz Aldrin, easygoing Michael Collins and the inscrutable Neil Armstrong - to the moment when, just minutes before Armstrong and Aldrin were about to reach the surface of the moon, their equipment failed and alarms rang out, Dan Parry reveals how the mission could so easily have gone terribly wrong, and America's great triumph have become a national disaster. Based on extensive research and interviews with many of the leading participants, "Moonshot" describes in nail-biting, page-turning detail every step of a remarkable, perilous mission that has captured the imagination of generations then and since.
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press (7 May 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 0091928370
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091928377
More info is available from the UK than from Amazon.com; Any feedback on the author, product description, anybody?

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posted 10-21-2008 11:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mjanovec   Click Here to Email mjanovec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
"Moonshot" goes beyond official accounts of the Apollo 11 mission to tell the real, untold story of an event known the world over.
It sounds like the same "untold story" that's been told a thousand times before.

They are going to have to come up with more than the landing computer alarms to convince us they have anything new to tell.

Mr Meek
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posted 10-21-2008 12:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mr Meek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Edit: Meh, my one-liner wasn't that funny. Here's a real response:

I'm curious to see if this book is just another example of unnecessary sensationalism, or if they manage to find something new and substantive. The blurb plays to some romantic, white scarf, seat-of-the-pants notions of hotshots and their incredible luck. I find it far more impressive that the flight and ground crews were so incredibly prepared and expertly trained that, when problems arose, landings occurred 6 out of 7 times.

cspg
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posted 10-21-2008 11:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Mr Meek:
I'm curious to see if this book is just another example of unnecessary sensationalism, or if they manage to find something new and substantive.
Yes, that's the feeling I got too, hence my question!

Chris.

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posted 10-23-2008 12:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Special thanks to David Harland for forwarding the following info:
Dan Parry is Head of Research for Dangerous Films, and they're making a film of the Apollo 11 mission using actors - they seem to be going to some length to make it as accurate as they can. I suppose that the book is a tie-in to accompany the film.
Here's the thread for the film...

Chris.

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posted 10-23-2008 07:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spacecraft films   Click Here to Email spacecraft films     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, that explains the overwhelmingly sensationalist nature of the description!

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