Sep 5, 2016

Review: In the Shadow of the Moon: A Challenging Journey to Tranquility, 1965-1969

In the Shadow of the Moon: A Challenging Journey to Tranquility, 1965-1969 In the Shadow of the Moon: A Challenging Journey to Tranquility, 1965-1969 by Francis French
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The cover of the book caught my attention to pick up from the library. The book is about the race to reach Moon.

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Foreground is Moon and the crescent is the Earth. First photo of Earth from Moon. Image courtesy NASA.

It is well researched and the author has given much details about the space programs to put man on the moon, he also given the biography of each astronauts and selected cosmonauts in the space race. The vivid description of each mission is worth mentioning.

The description given for first manned flight in Gemini program Gemini III nicknamed Molly Brown and the first space walk by Ed White on June 3rd 1965 engrossed me and which let to NASA website to quench my thirst about these two missions. Below are some of the images from NASA website.

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Gemini III lift off

The difficulties faced in each mission, how the astronauts coped with inside the capsule, the space walk they performed and how they mastered, docking procedures and re entry procedures are worth mentioning. We can feel how much difficulties the astronauts suffered.

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The first American space walk

The failures of US and Russia are given in detailed manner. After the loss of three precious lives of Astronauts they created faultless rockets to put man on the Moon.

I enjoyed reading the book and I wanted to buy this book for my future reference.


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