It has been called the single most historic event of the 20th century: On July 20, 1969 Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin & Michael Collins met John F. Kennedy's call for a manned moon landing by the end of the 1960s. A decade of tests & training, a staff of 400,000 engineers & scientists, a budget of $24 billion, & the most powerful rocket ever launched all combined in an unprecedented event watched by millions the world over. And no one captured the men, the mood & the machinery like Norman Mailer. Equally adept at examining the science of space travel & the psychology of the men involved (including Saturn V rocket engineer Wernher von Braun, the crucial NASA support staff & the three astronauts) Mailer provides provocative and trenchant insights into this epoch-making event.
Includes photos & maps from NASA vaults, magazine archives & private collections
Written by Norman Mailer
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