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Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13…

Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13 (1994)

by Jim Lovell, Jeffrey Kluger

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    A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts by Andrew Chaikin (paulkid)
    paulkid: I found Jim Lovell's account of Apollo 13 more gripping and technically explicative than any of Chaikin's stories. Of course, "Lost Moon" did not address the geological exploration of the moon; Chaikin's book is a good choice if you're interested in that.
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Lost Moon reads like a drama. The language isn't bogged down by rocket science verbiage even through at the time of publication Jim Lovell was a famous astronaut and Jeffrey Kluger was an adjunct instructor (in other words, two really smart men). You pretty much know what is going on at all times. Lost Moon is suspenseful even though factually you know how it all turns out in the end. You should know, if not through the news (because you lived it), then because of the movie of the same name (because it starred Tom Hanks and won a whole bunch of awards). Here's a ten second recap: On April 11th, 1970 Apollo Lucky 13 lifts off into space. By April Lucky 13th an oxygen tank explodes and the crew abandons the mission and Odyssey and moves into Aquarius. Two days later, on April 15th, a battery explodes in Aquarius. A day later a helium disk bursts. A day later, six days after liftoff, Aquarius splashes down in the Pacific ocean.
One of the most interesting facts I learned after reading Lost Moon was the Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space. Article five of the document talks about ensuring the safe return of space travelers clause. In the event of an unplanned or off-target landing in hostile territories the space traveler would be safe and not be punished, imprisoned, or held responsible for the emergency landing in their territory. ( )
  SeriousGrace | Jan 3, 2019 |
A gripping story including a bit of what came before the launch and a very realistic and detailed story of events in the ship and with the many groups and individuals on the ground working to make it possible for the astronauts to get back home. The tale is told in the third person by one of Jim Lovell who was on that ship. The dialogue is very realistically presented which helps put the reader into the scene. At the end we get the report on what went wrong. Great book. ( )
  ajlewis2 | Jul 11, 2018 |
3480. Lost Moon The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13, by Jim Lovell & Jeffrey Kluger (read 27 Jun 2017) This is a detailed account of the mission in April 1970 which planned to land men on the moon for the third time but an explosion made a landing impossible and the fearsome task was to prevent the death of the three astronauts. One of the authors, Jim Lovell, was on the mission, but the book is told in the third person..The book is full of much technical detail and, while the danger the men faced is gripping, I found myself not able to understand much of the terminology and felt that a better job could have been done to explain such. For instance, there was much talk about a necessary "burn" which was successfully accomplished--yet I, at least, never knew what the "burn" was and how it accomplished the feat of saving the men. I never saw the movie and possibly it did a better job of explaining some of the mechanics of the voyage. And since I knew one of the authors of the book 23 years later helped write the book I always knew the dire situation would be resolved successfully. ( )
  Schmerguls | Jun 27, 2017 |
A great, awe-inspiring read. Enjoyed every minute of it. ( )
  Steven_Burgauer | Jan 19, 2017 |
Favorite Line: Marilyn Lovell reacting to request of news media to put a broadcast tower in her front yard, "If landing on the moon wasn't enough of a news story for them, I don't know why NOT landing on the moon should be. You tell the networks that they're not to put one piece of equipment on my property from now through the end of this flight. And if anyone has any problem with that, tell them they can take it up with my husband. I'm expecting him home on Friday."

Watched movie "Apollo 13" with Tom Hanks playing Jim Lovell while reading book. ( )
  Kayvette | Mar 2, 2016 |
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Kluger, Jeffreymain authorall editionsconfirmed
Herrmann, EdwardNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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This true adventure is dedicated to those earthbound astronauts: my wife, Marilyn, and my children, Barbara, Jay, Susan, and Jeffrey, who shared with me the fears and anxieties of four days in April, 1970.
- Jim Lovell
With love to my family — nuclear and extended, past and present — for providing an always stable orbit.
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On April 13, 1970, three American astronauts were on their way to the moon when a mysterious explosion rocked their ship, forcing them to abandon the main ship and spend four days in the tiny lunar module which was intended to support two men for two days. A harrowing story of danger, courage and brilliant off-the-cuff engineering solutions which resulted in a dramatic rescue.

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Chronicles the rescue mission to return the crewmen of the Apollo 13 spacecraft safely to earth following an explosion on board.

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