Published to coincide with the 50th anniversary the 1969 moon landings, The Apollo Missions is illustrated with documents, blueprints and photographs of the missions as they happened. Analysing the Apollo Space Program, it looks back at a key period in the development of space technology. From early attempts to send a manned vessel into space to Neil Armstrong's historic first steps on the moon, David Baker reveals what happened behind the scenes, including the development of the Service and Lunar modules, mission preparation and how man made an indelible impact on the Moon's surface by leaving bacteria to collect data. Full of fascinating stories and augmented by documents that chronicled the development of the program, this is a brilliant commemoration of one of man's most astounding feats.
On 25 May, 1961, President John F. Kennedy announced the hugely ambitious goal of sending a man to the Moon and returning him safely to Earth before the end of the decade. The president's announcement came at the height of the Cold War confrontation and it set off an intensely competitive race with the Soviet Union who desperately wanted to gain for themselves the huge propaganda victory of being the first nation to land a man on the Moon. President Kennedy's dramatic announcement galvanized the United States. There was just one problem: in May 1961, the United States' manned space program remained far, far behind that of the Soviet Union. In the months and years following the president's announcement, NASA threw itself into an intensively accelerated program in which they would attempt to launch 26 increasingly complex manned missions into space in a massive and hugely expensive effort to beat the Soviet Union to the Moon. This collection details all the NASA missions up to and including the first Moon landing, including moment-by-moment accounts of the particularly dramatic and historic Apollo 8 and Apollo 11 missions. These missions are retold in the form of today's social media platforms, allowing us to witness the unfolding drama of the missions as if we were following them in real time and as if the participants and observers were sharing their thoughts and actions with us directly. The narratives of these accounts are based on detailed recollections of the astronauts, NASA transcripts of the fascinating continual communications with Mission Control in Houston, broadcasts of the main TV networks covering the missions and the thoughts of many expert and laypeople observers of the time. There is an extensive list of major sources at the end of the book.
New Scientist magazine was launched in 1956 "for all those men and women who are interested in scientific discovery, and in its industrial, commercial and social consequences". The brand's mission is no different today - for its consumers, New Scientist reports, explores and interprets the results of human endeavour set in the context of society and culture.
The story of the famed race to the Moon between the US and the USSR has been told countless times. The strategies of these two superpowers have often been paralleled in a way that highlights their fight for dominance and efforts to develop needed new technologies. This book will show how beneath these surface similarities, the two competing nations employed very different core tactics. It provides a new perspective of the history of the space race by analyzing that history through philately - that is, from the images on postage stamps, post cards, and letters in circulation at that time. Through this fascinating historical visual record, the author shows how the propaganda-heavy approach of the USSR eventually lost out to the more pragmatic approach of the United States.
Discover the history of the space race in this exciting and riveting nonfiction title! Elementary readers will learn about the Kennedy Space Station, the Cold War, Sputnik, the first astronauts and cosmonauts to make it into space, and the first landing on the moon. Through captivating images, informational text, and impressive facts, readers will be enthralled and inspired by the amazing accomplishments that occured during the race to space!