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Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-05-2009 06:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Andrew Chaikin, author of "A Man on the Moon" and the recently-released "A Passion for Mars", together with his wife Victoria Kohl, has teamed with Apollo 12 moonwalker and artist Alan Bean to share the story of the first lunar landings.

"Mission Control, This is Apollo: The Story of the First Voyages to the Moon", to be released by Viking in May, combines Chaikin's prose with Bean's paintings to recount "space voyages from the Mercury missions through Apollo 17 and beyond."

This 128-page, full color hardcover book devotes a chapter to each mission, Apollo 1 through Apollo 17, with an introduction about Mercury and Gemini and an afterword about the future of space exploration. Sidebars in each chapter answer a specific questions about the lunar missions, from what the astronauts ate to what became of the moon rocks they collected.

Alan Bean's Apollo paintings -- over 30 of them -- are featured in the book, many full page, accompanied by his own descriptions, as well as a section where he discusses why and how he does his work. Complementing his art are NASA photographs and diagrams.

According to the publisher, there are book signings planned, although the details are not yet available.

This is the second collaboration between Chaikin and Bean, who previously worked together on "Apollo: An Eyewitness Account" in 1998.

While written for children ages 10 through 12, "Mission Control, This is Apollo" should appeal to space enthusiasts of all ages.

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posted 01-05-2009 11:34 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 Robert Pearlman:
While written for children ages 10 through 12, "Mission Control, This is Apollo" should appeal to space enthusiasts of all ages.
Because of the target age audience, I didn't post it. Good to know it should appeal to all ages!

FFrench
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posted 01-05-2009 11:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've been reading a draft this last month and I agree - this is a great book for any age. Chaikin concisely captures the key moments very nicely, and Bean's paintings of course bring a wonderfully artistic element.

Philip
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posted 01-06-2009 11:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Appeal to all ages... reminds me of the weekly "Tintin" or "Kuifje" which appealed to children between 7 and 77 years young.

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posted 01-06-2009 02:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, I'm also closer to middle age (sigh) than to this book's "target" audience, but I'd buy it just for the illustrations. Chaikin's always-informative and never-dull prose is a great bonus.

Dave Clow
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posted 01-08-2009 12:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave Clow   Click Here to Email Dave Clow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I see the chapter heading, "APOLLO TWELVE," and I assume the rest of them are spelled out in all caps too. This complicates the debate about Roman v. Arabic numerals in the Apollo program mission names!

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posted 01-08-2009 03:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for xlsteve   Click Here to Email xlsteve     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My wife teaches 7th grade science, so we'll be getting two copies - one for me and one for the classroom.

I'm doing a presentation to her class later this month on the space program, and I was planning on showing some of Alan Bean's paintings as part of it. Unfortunately by the time this book comes out they'll only have a month left of school. I'll just have to bring in my Apollo book.

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posted 01-09-2009 02:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Apollo Redux   Click Here to Email Apollo Redux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've got shelf space just begging to be filled.

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Originally posted by Dave Clow:
I see the chapter heading, "APOLLO TWELVE," and I assume the rest of them are spelled out in all caps too. This complicates the debate about Roman v. Arabic numerals in the Apollo program mission names!

If you go by the mission patches:

Apollo 7 is Roman
Apollo 8 is Arabic
Apollo 9 is Roman
Apollo 10 is Roman
Apollo 11 is Arabic
Apollo 12 is Roman
Apollo 13 is Roman
Apollo 14 is Arabic
Apollo 15 is Arabic
Apollo 16 is Arabic
Apollo 17 is Roman

So 6 Roman to 5 Arabic. If you count the patch from Apollo 1 (Arabic) it is 6 to 6.

If you go by press kits, they all (7-17) use Arabic numerals. The same is true for Mission Reports.

So, who knows?

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posted 01-09-2009 05:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave Clow   Click Here to Email Dave Clow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I seem to remember Jim McDivitt having an opinion on this. As I recall he felt that Gemini missions were properly designated by Roman numerals and Apollo by Arabic.

Now that the question of who photographed "Earthrise" is settled, more or less, we need new material.

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posted 01-09-2009 07:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Apollo11   Click Here to Email Apollo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The press kits for Gemini 3, Gemini 4,Gemini 5, Gemini 6, Gemini 7/6, Gemini 8, Gemini 9-A, Gemini 10, Gemini 11, and Gemini 12 each use Arabic numerals.

The Gemini mission patches use Arabic numerals for flights 3-6 and Roman numerals for flights 7-12. However, I seem to recall that the patches for the first two flights were unofficial, with the first "official" patch coming with Gemini 5.

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posted 05-23-2009 10:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for gliderpilotuk   Click Here to Email gliderpilotuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
According to Amazon UK, Mission Control: This is Apollo is in stock now.

Philip
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posted 08-19-2009 01:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Congrats Andrew, this book is far the best on Al Bean's work... and the only must-have in my opinion!

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posted 08-19-2009 06:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jvertrees   Click Here to Email jvertrees     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have problems calling this book a children’s book. Although the information is basic, it is laid out very intelligently and can only spark an interest in space in someone unfamiliar with the subject while reminding those who do know the subject just how impression the missions where and remain. Andrew Chaikin did an outstanding job of honing down a massive amount of information into a thin volume while making it still seem complete.

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posted 08-23-2009 03:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ilbasso   Click Here to Email ilbasso     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The best picture in the book - by far - is on the back cover's flap: a photo of 12-year-old Andy Chaikin with Alan Bean in April 1969. Can you imagine what Andy must feel when looking at that photo? What would that young boy have thought if you told him that he and Captain Bean would write books together someday?

Congratulations to both men for another outstanding book. I just got my signed copy from Novaspace this week. Now I have to go out and buy another copy that I can READ!!

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What would that young boy have thought if you told him that he and Captain Bean would write books together someday?
Knowing Andy for more than 25 years now, it would be no shocker to that 12-year old. Andy knew his destiny before that. He has Aviation Weeks and other publications from the mid-1960s in his collection... everything about space and the space program that served as a basis for A MAN ON THE MOON.

Over his formative years, he made all the right friends, and not in a shy way. He majored in Geology at Brown, and got in on the early Mariner explorations to Mars, interned at the National Air and Space Museum, all while looking like a prescient 15 year old, when in fact he was older and knew exactly what he wanted. What a guy!

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posted 08-23-2009 11:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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...all while looking like a prescient 15 year old, when in fact he was older and knew exactly what he wanted. What a guy!
And he does the best Carl Sagan impression I've ever seen!

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posted 08-24-2009 05:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
But on that photo you don't see Jim Irwin who was standing to the left... the complete photo is shown in Andrew's "A Passion for Mars" book.

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posted 08-24-2009 01:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Jay Chladek:
And he does the best Carl Sagan impression I've ever seen!
Actually he's quite a gifted impressionist. Not only a drop-dead Sagan, but also Bean, Pete Conrad, Charlie Duke. Jacques Cousteau, Farouk el-Baz(!)

His advice while coaching a colleague on Sagan: "Speak like you're giving BIRTH to each WORD."

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posted 08-25-2009 12:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, then if this writing books gig doesn't pan out, at least we know he has another career to fall back on.

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posted 08-25-2009 11:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone know if Andy has ever been invited to any of the autograph shows?

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posted 08-25-2009 11:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
He was at Spacefest this year, which included a book signing session.

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posted 08-25-2009 12:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Same with Spacefest 2007...

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Originally posted by Jay Chladek:
Well, then if this writing books gig doesn't pan out, at least we know he has another career to fall back on.

Andy and actor Kevin Pollak were cut-ups on the set of From the Earth to the Moon. Kevin does a great Christopher Walken (see YouTube) and played NASA manager Joe Shea in the miniseries.

Andy is also a talented musician (his older brother is a recording engineeer) and not a half-bad artist. A real Renaissance Man.

Kim

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