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Moonbound: Apollo 11 and the Dream of Spaceflight

by Jonathan Fetter-Vorm

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This graphic history is the story of the first men who first traveled from Earth to the moon. Wrapped into their story are the stories of the visionaries, the stargazers, the adventurers. Meticulously detailed, readers will see how the people and events that came before made Apollo 11 possible. Explore the mission, the destination, the history; meet rocket builders and engineers who toiled behind the scenes, helping to make the mission a success. Here, in this unique graphic history, are the events, the people, and the legacy of man’s first steps on another world.

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Yes, studying the moon was enough to encourage curious thought, for the Moon was a phenomenon, the Moon was a voice which did not speak, a history whose record all revealed could still reveal no answers: every property of the Moon proved to confuse a previous assumption about its property. Yes, the Moon was a centrifuge of the dream, accelerating every new idea to incandescent states. One takes a breath when one looks at the Moon.
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The idea is to go to the Moon, land there, take off and get back.
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For Charlotte and Arthur, my fellow travelers of the Earth
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It's nice and quiet over here, isn't it?
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On July 20, 1969, something extraordinary happened, something civilizations had dreamed of for centuries: humans walked on the moon. Jonathan Fetter-Vorm's Moonbound is the story behind those first steps. It begins with the tense, suspense-filled descent of the spidery Lunar Module, which transported Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to the surface of the moon; the narrative offers a close-up view of the action. Then the story splits to an examination of the history of man's fascination with space--from the earliest observers of the moon to the clear-eyed descriptions recorded by such visionaries as Galileo--and continues into the modern era, from Nazi atrocities and Soviet intrigues to square-jawed astronauts and a revolving cast of space-age dreamers. The narrative returns to July 20, 1969, the moment when our heroes made their historic moon walk, and finally moves on to the Space Shuttle program, the cosmic ambitions of deep-space probes, and the aspirations of companies like SpaceX.The story of space has always been about the conflict of imagination versus reality, of dreams versus politics. With a foreword by Michael Collins and publishing in time for the fiftieth anniversary of the moon landing, Moonbound revisits this classic story in a new way, as a graphic history.… (more)

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