'Through the windows of the slowly turning spacecraft they looked out at the place where the sun had once been, and there was the moon: a huge, magnificent sphere bathed in the ceric blue light of earthshine, each crater rendered in ghostly detail.'
The American people are frustrated with their government-dismayed by a series of high-profile failures (Iraq, Katrina, the financial meltdown) that seems to just keep getting longer. Yet our nation has a proud history of great achievements: victory in World War II, our national highway system, welfare reform, the moon landing. We need more successes like these to reclaim government's legacy of competence. In If We Can Put a Man on the Moon, William Eggers and John O'Leary explain how to do it. The key? Understand-and avoid-the common pitfalls that trip up public-sector leaders during the journey from idea to results. The authors identify pitfalls including: -The Partial Map Trap: Fumbling handoffs throughout project execution -The Tolstoy Syndrome: Seeing only the possibilities you want to see -Design-Free Design: Designing policies for passage through the legislature, not for implementation -The Overconfidence Trap: Creating unrealistic budgets and timelines -The Complacency Trap: Failing to recognize that a program needs change At a time of unprecedented challenges, this book, with its abundant examples and hands-on advice, is the essential guide to making our government work better. A must-read for every public official, this book will be of interest to anyone who cares about the future of democracy.
Astronaut Eugene Cernan and America's Race in Space
Author: Eugene Cernan
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Category: Biography & Autobiography
The basis of the 2014 award-winning feature-length documentary! A revealing and dramatic look at the inside of the American Space Program from one of its pioneers. Eugene Cernan was a unique American who came of age as an astronaut during the most exciting and dangerous decade of spaceflight. His career spanned the entire Gemini and Apollo programs, from being the first person to spacewalk all the way around our world to the moment when he left man's last footprint on the Moon as commander of Apollo 17. Between those two historic events lay more adventures than an ordinary person could imagine as Cernan repeatedly put his life, his family and everything he held dear on the altar of an obsessive desire. Written with New York Times bestselling author Don Davis, The Last Man on the Moon is the astronaut story never before told - about the fear, love and sacrifice demanded of the few men who dared to reach beyond the heavens for the biggest prize of all - the Moon.
A gripping illustrated account of the historic first moon landings in July 1969, celebrating the 50th anniversary of this milestone in space exploration Pacey, accessible text recounts the story of the first moon landing, from its beginnings in the Space Race, to early missions, the successful Apollo 11 voyage, Armstrong's legendary first steps on the moon and the astronauts' heart-stopping return to Earth Fully illustrated throughout, with fresh, modern artwork breathing new life into this famous story. Perfect for readers aged 8 and up.
The screenplay of the film about the life of Andy Kaufman, eccentric comedian and vaguely Eastern European immigrant best known for his role of Lakta on the TV series TAXI and for lip-synching the theme song from "Mighty Mouse" on "Saturday Night Live".
There is a competition to make the spacesuit for the first moon landing! Ellie, an ordinary woman, is asked to lead a team of other talented seamstresses. No one believes they can win, but they are determined to try. Based on the incredible true story behind the spacesuit that astronauts wore on the first moon walk and the team of women who sewed it together.
My Extraordinary Journey Across the World to Become a Father
Author: Laurent Pehem
"The First Man on the Moon is a riveting story that will keep you on the edge of your seat, a true page-turner, full of unexpected twists." When Laurent and Harry, a gay couple living in Europe, learn that their adoption application has been rejected because of their sexual orientation, they embark on an insane journey across the globe to become parents. Their adventure takes them to Bangkok, Thailand, where they come across unscrupulous surrogacy agents and must find their way through the shambles of Thailand's big fertility business. And just when you think they are about to reach their objective, a military junta seizes power in a coup, and declares surrogacy out of bounds. If Laurent and Harry's yearning for a family is enduring, the possibility of finally becoming parents is far from certain. The First Man on the Moon is a true story with an unpredictable outcome and told with a dry sense of humor.
Learn about landing a Man on the Moon with iMinds insightful knowledge series. When the Cold War was at its height in the 1950s and 1960s, the US and Russia were fierce rivals. So, with burgeoning technology making flying safer and easier, these two world powers embarked on a "space race" to see who could be the first to launch a rocket into space. On 12 April 1961, Russia won! And the astronaut Yuri Gargarin went down in history as the first person to make it into space. That same year, John F Kennedy became President of the United States. NASA's Administrator, James Webb, was like a breath of fresh air for JFK, helping to stir up enthusiasm for an American moon-landing. iMinds brings targeted knowledge to your eReading device with short information segments to whet your mental appetite and broaden your mind.