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Failure is Not an Option: Mission Control From Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond

By: Gene Kranz
Published: ©2000
Pages: 415
Total Copies: 22
Genre: Nonfiction | Biographies & Memoirs | Science & Technology


Description: This memoir of a veteran NASA flight director tells riveting stories from the early days of the Mercury program through Apollo 11 (the moon landing) and Apollo 13, for both of which Kranz was flight director. Kranz recounts these thrilling historic events and offers new information about the famous flights. What appeared as nearly flawless missions to the Moon were, in fact, a series of hair-raising near misses. When the space technology failed, as it sometimes did, the controllers’ only recourse was to rely on their skills and those of their teammates. He reveals behind-the-scenes details to demonstrate the leadership, discipline, trust, and teamwork that made the space program a success.

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