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One Giant Leap: The Impossible Mission That Flew Us to the Moon

Charles Fishman

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SIMON451
01 November 2019
History of the Americas; 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000; Mathematics & Sciences; Aerospace & aviation technology; Space science
From New York Times bestselling author of The Wal-Mart Effect, Charles Fishman reveals the untold true story of the men and women charged with taking the United States to the Moon.

President John F. Kennedy astonished the world on May 25, 1961, when he announced to Congress that the United States would land a man on the Moon by 1970. No group was more surprised than the engineers at NASA. On the day of the historic speech, America had a total of fifteen minutes of spaceflight experience-with just five of those minutes outside the atmosphere. In fact, Soviet canines had more spaceflight experience than US astronauts.

To fulfill President Kennedy's mandate, NASA engineers had to invent space travel. When Kennedy announced his goal, no one knew how to navigate to the Moon. No one knew how to build a rocket big enough to fly to the Moon. No one knew how to build a computer small enough to put on that rocket. No one knew how to feed astronauts in space, and no one knew how astronauts would even use the bathroom in space. And NASA had just nine years to make it happen.

In One Giant Leap, Charles Fishman introduces readers to the men and women tasked with putting a man on the moon. From the halls of MIT, where the eccentric and legendary digital pioneer Charles Draper created the two computers aboard Apollo 11, to the factories where hundreds of women weaved computer programs with copper wire, Fishman captures the sweeping achievement of these ordinary Americans. This is the captivating story of men and women charged with changing the world as we know it-their leaders, their triumphs, their near disasters, all of which led to arguably the greatest success story of the twentieth century.
By:   Charles Fishman
Imprint:   SIMON451
Country of Publication:   United States
Edition:   Export
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 38mm
Weight:   515g
ISBN:   9781982130152
ISBN 10:   1982130156
Pages:   496
Publication Date:   01 November 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Charles Fishman is the acclaimed author of One Giant Leap, A Curious Mind (with Brian Grazer), The Wal-Mart Effect, and The Big Thirst. He is a three-time winner of the Gerald Loeb Award, the most prestigious prize in business journalism.

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