'Houston, Tranquility Base here.
The Eagle has landed."
This terse message transmitted live from the surface of the Moon twenty-five years ago, on July 20, 1969, was heard by more than a billion people a quarter of a million miles away on Earth. It was a once in-a-lifetime moment when all humankind was united in awe and triumph, and nowhere was the exultation greater than at Mission Control, where Alan Shepard and Deke Slayton were among the wildly cheering NASA personnel. Both men were heroes of the New Frontier, members of one of the world's smallest elites: the Mercury Seven, America's original astronauts. Shepard was our first man in space; Slayton would fly on one of the last Apollo missions, the historic rendezvous, with the Soviet spacecraft Soyuz, which signaled a brief pause in the intense race between the US and the USSR to establish preeminence in space. Alan Shepard and Deke Slayton were part of America's effort to reach the Moon from the very beginning, and no one else could be as qualified to tell this fascinating and thrilling tale of the courage, dedication, and teamwork that made the journey to the moon possible. MOON SHOT is a compelling human drama of the sacrifices and risks asked of a small but remarkable group of astronauts who put their lives on the line as they led the way to the lunar landscape a quarter of a century ago. It's the story of those who built, launched, and flew America's spacecraft, a dramatic account of a decade of superpower rivalry, scientific discovery, and personal bravery.
- 1994 Alan Shepard, Donald Slayton, Jay Barbree, Howard Benedict
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- Turner Publishing, Incorporated
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- History, Nonfiction, Science,
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