Rocket men : the epic story of the first men on the moon / Craig Nelson.
- New York : Viking, 2009.
xii, 404 p.,  p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.
- Project Apollo (U.S.).
Space flight to the moon.
Astronautics -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
- Author Craig Nelson restores the mystery and majesty to an event that may have become too familiar for most people to realize what a stunning achievement it represented in planning, technology, and execution. Through interviews, 23,000 pages of NASA oral histories, and declassified CIA documents on the space race, Nelson creates a vivid and detailed account of the Apollo 11 mission. From the quotidian to the scientific to the magical, readers are taken right into the cockpit with Aldrin and Armstrong and behind the scenes at Mission Control.--From publisher description.
The general's command
Anything but what he is
The sons of Galileo
Mr. Cool Stone
Don't eat toads
A way to talk to God
How the pyramids were built
Total cold war
The bluff at Nobleman's Grave
The fluid front
The Great Black Sea
The birth of the moon
The Eagle has wings
One of those sad days when you lose a machine
"Mr. President, the Eagle has landed"
To rediscover childhood
A tenuous grasp
We missed the whole thing
Through you, we touched the moon
When all those curves lined up.
- Includes bibliographical references (p. -393) and index.
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