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FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION

Mission Control from Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond

By Gene Kranz

Narrated by Danny Campbell

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15 Audio CDs List Price: $54.99    Your price: $43.99
EAN: 9781452603902
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EAN: 9781452653907
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Publication Date: 08/30/2011 Running Time: 18 hrs 30 min
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Synopsis

A fascinating inside look into the space program of the 1960s from former NASA Mission Control flight director Gene Kranz.

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"These incredible stories will thrill listeners of all ages. . . . Campbell's delivery is steady and focused; he keeps listeners engaged for the duration of the book." ---AudioFile

"Plenty of books (and several films) have already tried to depict the space program's excitement; few of their creators had the first-person experience or the attention to detail Krantz has, whose role as flight control "White" his readers will admire or even wish to emulate." ---Publishers Weekly

"An engaging behind-the-scenes memoir, a welcome contribution to the history of space flight." ---The New York Times Book Review

Summary

Gene Kranz was present at the creation of America's manned space program and was a key player in it for three decades. As a flight director in NASA's Mission Control, Kranz witnessed firsthand the making of history. He participated in the space program from the early days of the Mercury program to the last Apollo mission, and beyond. He endured the disastrous first years when rockets blew up and the United States seemed to fall further behind the Soviet Union in the space race. He helped to launch Alan Shepard and John Glenn, then assumed the flight director's role in the Gemini program, which he guided to fruition. With his teammates, he accepted the challenge to carry out President John F. Kennedy's commitment to land a man on the moon before the end of the 1960s.

Kranz was flight director for both Apollo 11, the mission in which Neil Armstrong fulfilled President Kennedy's pledge, and Apollo 13. He headed the Tiger Team that had to figure out how to bring the three Apollo 13 astronauts safely back to Earth. (In the film Apollo 13, Kranz was played by the actor Ed Harris, who earned an Academy Award nomination for his performance.)

In Failure Is Not an Option, Gene Kranz recounts these thrilling historic events and offers new information about the famous flights. What appeared as nearly flawless missions to the moon were, in fact, a series of hair-raising near misses. When the space technology failed, as it sometimes did, the controllers' only recourse was to rely on their skills and those of their teammates. Kranz takes us inside Mission Control and introduces us to some of the whiz kids—still in their twenties, only a few years out of college—who had to figure it all out as they went along, creating a great and daring enterprise. He reveals behind-the-scenes details to demonstrate the leadership, discipline, trust, and teamwork that made the space program a success.

Finally, Kranz reflects on what has happened to the space program and offers his own bold suggestions about what we ought to be doing in space now.

This is a fascinating firsthand account written by a veteran mission controller of one of America's greatest achievements.


HISTORYGeneral
SCIENCEAstrophysics & Space Science
COMPUTERSGeneral
COMPUTERSInformation Technology
HISTORYUnited StatesGeneral
HISTORYUnited States20th Century
HISTORYExpeditions & Discoveries

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