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That Orbited The Earth Orbited The Earth the earth the first to o a circumlunar unmanned orbit Luna 1 and the first to land a probe on the moon Luna 2 and the first to take pictures of the far side of the moon Luna 3 Apollo 8 was America s audacious answer to this competitive raceOne of the most heartrending chapters in Rocket Men is Chapter 13 A Deeply Troubled Year in which Kurson sets this event suarely in the history of the times which were indeed troubled With young people Facial Action Coding SystemInvestigator's Guide Part 16701 decidingon t trust anyone over 30 and the older generation complaining about the music of the young people and their lack of respect for authority and their government the Vietnam war raged Riots broke out on college campuses and after Martin Luther King Jr s assassination there was violence across the country Politics seemed polarized and when Robert Kennedy was assassinated many people were convinced that the country had gone crazy Kurson shows how Apollo 8 was the one bright spot showing man s true capabilities It was not a panacea but still it was a moment of intense national pride and satisfactionWhile reading I thought of the Apple TV series For All Mankind where an alternate version of history has the Soviets landing the first man on the moon in 1969 In the TV series the Soviet accomplishment actually offers an impetus to NASA s space exploration in which they eventually far exceed what has in reality happened It s an interesting viewpoint and a what if we can never know as our history took its own course shaped by the events of 1968 and years prior The most fascinating section of the book for me ealt with how the human perspective of our blue planet changed with the pictures that Bill Anders took of Earthrise These men traveled 240000 miles and found the moon a lonely and isolated world of blacks and grays while their habitable and troubled world beckoned out the window of their spacecraft beautiful and mysterious An environment that has cradled man since his origin and nurtured his biology and social adaptation a world that is too often taken for granted Against a backdrop of infinity there came an almost mystical vision of our total ependence on the good earth and our interconnectedness on this fragile blue planet our home Before Apollo Eleven landed on the Moon astronauts had to prove they could actually get there This was the record breaking mission of Apollo EightThe first men who left Earth s orbitflew to the Moonorbited the Moonsaw the far sidemapped the landing siteand returned safely to EarthThe year 1968 was a Alchemy Martial Supreme disaster for America and the world Dissent revolution the assassinations of Luther King Jr and Robert Kennedy the unraveling of Vietnam the riots in Chicago all were pulling the country apart and the Russians had planned to get to the Moon first If this happened the Russians would remain first in all aspects of the Space RaceThen NASA planned the impossible launch Apollo Eight for a Lunar orbit to arrive by Christmas 1968 With only four months for planning everyone prepared to beat the Russians to the Moon It all began with President KennedyApollo had a single goal perhaps the greatest and most audacious ever conceived to land a man on the Moon and return him safely to Earth In 1961 President John F Kennedy had committed the United States to achieving this goal by the end of theecade Never had a inspiring promise been made to the American people or one that could be so easily verifiedThis is a marvelously crafted record of not just the Apollo Eight flight but on all the newsworthy events of 1968 that Nicholas Flamels First Codex drove the astronauts to achieve their missionEnjoy Absolutely loved this book A meticulous uplifting pardon the pun and beautifully written account of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts who made Man s first Journey to the moon I knew when one of my friends here at Goodreads whose reviews I respect and love reviewed and rated this book 5 stars that it was one I wanted to get my hands on sooner rather than later and was so happy to have sourced this one on AudibleI read this along with my husband and weiscussed and marvelled over the Alien details everyay and to be honest I am going to miss the suspense and rama and company of this wonderful book Robert Kurson tells the story of the Apollo 8 and its crew and their amazing and riveting first mission to the MoonThis book reminded me in ways of my reaction to the book Unbroken A World War II Story of Survival Resilience and Redemption and while both books are totally ifferent I wondered going into this one African American Literature in Transition, 1830-1850 did I really want to read a book about Rockets and space and the moon and yet the moment I started listening to this book I was hooked I enjoyed reading about the men and their families the challenges that they and their families and NASA faced with this mission What it meant to Science and the average Joe all over the world I wasn t very familiar with the Apollo 8 and the Astronauts but obviously knew they flew a very successful mission and yet the suspense creat. On the Moon was in jeopardy and the Soviets were threatening to pull ahead in the space race By August 1968 with its back against the wall NASAecided to scrap its usual methodical approach and shoot for the heavens With just four months to prepare a fraction of the normal time the agency would send the first men in history to the Moon In a year of historic violence and iscord the Tet offensive the Comprehensive story but I think should have had A Paper Copy The Audio paper copy The audio t keep attention This is an amazing story made even amazing by Ray Porter s excellent narration I can t help but feel that much like 1968 when this tale took place we need this kind of patriotic inspiring story to get us through this tough time And then I see something like this proposed Trump July 4th parade and I think to myself this is NOT what we need right nowSorry to get political These men were patriots they were brave and they were Americans It was a pleasure to learn about them Thanks to my public library for the free ownload Libraries RULE How is it even possible to make a book about space that I BWWM (Interracial African American Billionaire Baby Romance Marriage Urban) 40 (Interracial African American Billionaire Baby Romance Marriage Urban) 40: Billionaires Secret Baby (Interracial African American Romance Urban Baby Romance Short Stories) don t love Here are some ways Continuous unrepentant use of idioms and clich s If you re uoting someone oreliberately reflecting the patterns of speech
Of Your Subjects Think Tom Wolfe In The Right Stuff your subjects think Tom Wolfe in The Right Stuff s one thing If you re reaching for the easiest phrase in the phrasebook that s lazy This was Spare the Child: The Religious Roots of Punishment and the Psychological Impact of Physical Abuse definitely not the former Indistinguishable voices Every line of this book felt uniform in tone and pattern Thisoesn t ever happen in real life and I always notice when I m fifty or a hundred pages into a book and can t even remember which character said which line in a Managing Activism A Guide to Dealing with Activists and Pressure Groups dialogue because they Rocket Men is the masterfullyepicted tale of the three courageous astronauts who pioneered humankinds first trip to the moon and the NASA engineers and other employees who made such a journey possible 1968 was a tumultuous year in the United States with the escalation of the Vietnam War the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr and Robert F Kennedy Nixon s election as President and massive protests and riots happening throughout the country Meanwhile the SovietUnited States space race was in high gear and it began to appear that the Soviets might send someone to orbit the moon before the US could Kurson expertly sets the stage for these astronauts incredible mission by alternating between the backstories of those individuals who played roles in helping Apollo 8 orbit the moon and elaborating on the cultural and political issues that were rocking the United States in 1968Kurson provides just enough technical Faith Into Action: Thoughts on Selected Topics details to interest the reader and effectively relay the story without boggingown the reader with information that most people would find unnecessary and potentially boring I was so intrigued by the process of rushing Apollo 8 into space that my poor husband was the beneficiary of an almost constant stream of facts and items that I found fascinating to the point that he finally told me he wasn t going to have to read the book himself since I had read most of it aloud to him While my favorite part of the book was the amazing story Kurson tells I also found some solace in the realization that the United States has previously survived a politically contentious time period similar to the one we are currently experiencing Rocket Men is a powerful and life affirming story that will resonate with anyone who reads it It was a joy to read from beginning to endListen to my podcast at for fun author interviews For book reviews check out my Instagram account I went into this book with hesitation spacecraft and rockets are not my usual cup of tea Understanding so little about them I feared I would either be bored stiff or totally lost confused by technical terms that would go over my head I was neither bored nor confused The book is irected toward Although I known about NASA s Apollo 8 circumlunar mission my knowledge was very very superficial Robert Kurson takes the reader inside the mission with words that Academic Motherhood: How Faculty Manage Work and Family describe the incredible power and complexities of the Saturn V rocket that astronauts Frank Borman Jim Lovell and Bill Anders rode to the moon on their incredible voyage in December 1968 Heescribes the lives of the men as they were growing up how they came to be astronauts their relationships with their wives how they interacted Alcohol Fuel: A Guide to Making and Using Ethanol as a Renewable Fuel during this spectacular mission and their lives afterward The narrative has a very generous scope but Kurson s laser focus reveals the mission s significance to the world of science and even importantly its role in the psyche of the troubled nation that was America in 1968 I was eleven years old at the time of the mission and my memory evokes only that family gathered around the TV and that I knew that something important was taking place Back then I certainly wouldn t have understood words like a vehicle that will generate the energy of a small atomic bomb or the six and a half million pound beast broke free from its bonds I still find the fact of something that weighed that much blasting off from a launchpad into outer space almost incomprehensible and the fact that a loved one would have been inside the beast unimaginable And yet the astronauts wives and children watched as their beloved husbands and fathers were sent on a journey that had been planned only months before It was an aggressive move by NASA to jump ahead of the Soviets in The inside lesser known story of NASA's boldest and riskiest mission Apollo 8 mankind's first journey to the Moon on Christmas in 1968 A riveting account of three heroic astronauts who took one of the mostangerous space flights ever from the New York Times bestselling author of Shadow Divers In early 1968 the Apollo program was on shaky footing President Kennedy's end of Uprising Emerge Series decadeeadline to put a man.
Download Ç PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ¿ Robert KursonEd in this account had me totally gripped and at times so anxious for these guys although I already knew the outcome of the mission On finishing this book I was as proud of the Rocket men as every American must have been back on Christmas 1968This is my second book by this author I also enjoyed his book Pirate Hunters Treasure Obsession and the Search for a Legendary Pirate ShipReally enjoyed the sense of time and place and the reminders of events and people mentioned in the book Above all I loved reading and iscussing this one with my husband who is a huge fan of all things space and science and he found this an entertaining and informative read too The audio read by Ray Porter and Robert Kurson and was extremely easy to listen to and the narration really added to my enjoyment of this book Space planets to listen to and the narration really added to my enjoyment of this book Space planets are not USUALLY SUBJECTS TO WHICH I GRAVITATESO WHY THEN DID subjects to which I gravitateSo why then id not want this book to end finished it ready eyes and gave it all the stars Well for one I m firmly convinced this author cannot write a bad book can make any subject interesting It s also because though this is about Apollo 8 it is also about real men their wives families and our country in the tumultuous year of 1968Kurson includes the three astronauts backgrounds their training their flight but also what they were thinking eating even how they had to go to the bathroom Why NASA chose Christmas for this first flight to the moon Their wives and their backgrounds fears for their husbands All the terrible events of that year and how Dare To Be Hero divided our country was by the Vietnam war and racial issues Kurson let s the reader in on little tidbits of interest making for a personal read His writing this story taking and immersing the reader back into this time these men and others at NASA who were in control central At books end Kurson himself takes over explaining how he became interested in this story his research his interviews with these three men who at the time of his writing were all still alive This was the only crew of astronauts who all stayed married to their original spouses Teary eyed You ll have to read it yourself to find out why It s imo fantastic as was the narration by Ray Porter Ion t read very many nonfiction books and I haven t listened to many audiobooks but I m sure that this one will remain one of my favorites in both categories Before I listened to this book when I thought of space missions and the moon I thought of the moon landing and Apollo 11 the planting of the American flag Neil Armstrong s comment one giant step for mankind While I remember Apollo 8 I had no idea of it s importance in laying the groundwork for future missions
#while i always #I always that astronauts as a group were brave I never really thought about their individual stories their personalities the affect on their families especially their spouses the intense training or what went into preparing for their mission Even though I knew the efforts of NASA to prepare plan build test and manage from mission control had to be enormous I never gave it a lot of thought I Sedition and Alchemy: A Biography of John Cale didn t think a lot about the historical context of these space missions All of that changed in such an impactful way for me while listening to this absolutely amazing accountI was captivated by the intimate look that I got of the crew Frank Borman Jim Lovell and Bill Anders how they grew up and became astronauts how they met and fell in love with their wives how their wives were impacted by what their husbands wereoing the sacrifice of family time The wives of these men The (Underground) Railroad in African American Literature deserve a lot of credit and are heroes in their own right Their personal stories are moving I was on the edge of my seat as Kurson so skillfully gave me a sense of being there I was surprised that some of the technical and scientific parts were made understandable and interesting and amazed at the scope of things that went into makingecisions The way the mission is brought into historical context is simply stunning I hung on every word as the picture is painted of a fractured time in American history with events that I remember the race to space with Russia John Kennedy s Handbook for Teaching African Literature African Writers dream of landing on the moon the Vietnam war civil rights protests race riotsemonstrations in Chicago unrest in the country the assassinations of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King This book Indiras Objective Agronomy MCQs for Agricultural Competitive Examinations doesn t just tell us about Apollo 8 it tells the story of our nation in 1968I loved the Epilogue finding out what the crewid afterwards and where they were in their lives at the time of the 50th anniversary of the mission I very much appreciated the author s note in his own voice how he was inspired to write this book Kurson s research is extensive including time spent with Borman Lovell Anders people from NASA reading a multitude of The Great Black Way: L.A. in the 1940s and the Lost African-American Renaissance documents watching videos and so much This is a story of extraordinary men and their families an extraordinary event in history The narration by Ray Porter is absolutely wonderful Thanks to my Goodreads friend and book buddy Diane S whose terrific review led me to this book. Ssassinations of MLK and RFK the Chicago DNC riots the Apollo 8 mission was the boldest test of what America couldo With a focus on astronauts Frank Borman Jim Lovell and Bill Anders and their wives and children this is a vivid gripping you are there narrative that shows anew the epic A New Reader's Guide to African Literature danger involved and the singular bravery it took for man to leave Earth for the first time and to arrive at a new wor.