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A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts by Andrew Chaikin

By Andrew Chaikin

It choices up the place the precise Stuff left off. [Stu Roosa, Apollo 14, again cover]


In a 2007 afterword, Chaikin discusses how a scarcity of growth in human spaceflight has compelled exploration-hungry observers to show their curiosity to robot probes. to make sure, the achievements of those remote-controlled explorers were striking and intriguing to monitor. As Chaikin wrote, rovers have been exploring Mars, Cassini had arrived at Saturn, and New Horizons was once simply starting its trip to Pluto. yet Chaikin is obvious that merely human spaceflight can encourage humans and ignite their passions within the manner Apollo did. [Apollo evaluation,]

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But the astronaut program, he knew, was beyond his reach as long as he lacked test pilot credentials, and after graduation in 1962, he was ready to try again at Edwards. By now, the air force had developed an interest in space, and the test pilot school had been replaced by the Aerospace Research Pilots School, otherwise known as ARPS, to help air force pilots gain the qualifications to be as­ tronauts. When Anders contacted ARPS he learned the school wasn't taking any new students for a while.

And he meant it. Around this time, there was a definite change in the Original 7’s attitude: they began to warm up to the Nine. With Mercury over, Gemini was on the near horizon, and it was clear that even sixteen astronauts would have their hands full planning and flying those missions. Meanwhile, Apollo was gaining momentum. NASA was already in the process of selecting more astronauts. Of course, the Seven could afford to be friendly, because none of the Nine were going to take a mission away from any of them.

Something was hang­ ing from the open hatch; it was an arm, clad in a white spacesuit. Kelly and Harter, the two doctors, were here; they told Slayton the dead men were still inside, snared in a web of melted nylon netting j^RQKBifiHOP MITTY HIGH SCH OO L U S R a W Ran Jo**. California 22 A MAN ON THE MOON that had once hung within the cabin. The doctors had been unable to remove them. Slayton gripped the rail just above the hatchway and leaned into the cabin of Apollo 1. He could see the familiar configuration of the command module cabin: three couches, side by side; the broad center instrument panel, amid a forest of switches, knobs, and controls.

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