Apollo Moon Missions: The Unsung Heroes by Billy Watkins
Read by Jake Williams. Reading time 7 hours 34 minutes
Interviews conducted between 1999 and 2005 with fourteen behind-the-scenes contributors. Features the NASA photography chief who instructed astronauts on picture taking, the chief technician for space-suit maintenance, the wife of an Apollo 14 astronaut, and the project director who developed a lunar roving vehicle on a truncated timeline. 2007.
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Flight: My Life in Mission Control by Chris Kraft
Read by Lou Harpenau. Reading time 14 hours 43 minutes
NASA's first flight director offers an insider's view of the early days of the space program in the 1960s. He describes past achievements such as the first manned launch with Alan Shepard, and the glitches, near disasters, and successes, culminating with the astronauts walking on the moon. Some strong language. 2001.
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For Spacious Skies: The Uncommon Journey of a Mercury Astronaut by Scott Carpenter
Read by Bill Wallace. Reading time 14 hours 42 minutes
Autobiography of one of the seven Project Mercury astronauts. Carpenter revisits his childhood, Naval aviation training, and selection to NASA's landmark program. He details his 1962 three-orbit mission aboard Aurora 7 and his reactions that averted disaster upon reentry. Cowritten with his daughter. 2002.
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Gus Grissom: The Lost Astronaut by Ray Boomhower
Read by Steven Carpenter. Reading time 7 hours 46 minutes
Biography of one of the seven original Mercury astronauts, Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom. Follows Grissom's selection by NASA in 1959 and his missions in space. Describes the catastrophic fire in the Apollo 1spacecraft that killed him, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee on January 27, 1967 at Cape Kennedy. 2004.
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Light This Candle: The Life and Times of Alan Shepard, America's First Spaceman by Neal Thompson
Read by Dan Bloom. Reading time 18 hours 54 minutes
Journalist describes how NASA chose Mercury Seven's Alan Shepard (1923-1998) as the first American in space. Drawing on exclusive access to private papers and interviews, Thompson portrays Shepard as impatient, driven, womanizing, and competitive. Details his life and career before, during, and after the space program. Strong language. 2004.
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Men From Earth by Buzz Aldrin
Read by Lou Harpenau. Reading time 11 hours 8 minutes
Aldrin discusses the triumphs and tragedies of America's moon exploration. He describes the race between the Soviet Union and the United States to put a man on the moon, and the effect of that competition on the space program. He provides a description of the moon landing and offers new ideas to revitalize the space program. 1989.
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Moondust: In Search of the Men Who Fell to Earth by Andrew Smith.
Read by Bill Wallace. Reading time 15 hours 4 minutes.
Journalist tracks down the nine surviving Apollo astronauts who walked on the moon between 1969 and 1972. Interviews each spaceman--from the first to land on the lunar surface, Neil Armstrong, to the last, Gene Cernan--to learn what they felt about their missions and how they reconciled with Earthbound life. Some strong language. 2005.
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The Moonlandings: An Eyewitness Account by Reginald Turnill
Read by Bruce Huntey. Reading time 15 hours 9 minutes
Memoir by award-winning British journalist chronicles the U.S. space program from projects Mercury to Apollo. Author's firsthand account draws on unparalleled access to politicians, scientists, technicians, and early astronauts like Alan Shepard, John Glenn, and Neil Armstrong who pioneered techniques that made moon landings possible. Foreword by Buzz Aldrin. 2003.
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Rocket Boys: A Memoir by Homer Hickam
Read by John Polk. Reading time 14 hours 26 minutes
Retired NASA engineer reminisces about boyhood in the Sputnik era in West Virginia when his first rocket attempt burned down his mother's garden fence. He and his friends improved their models culminating in winning the 1960 National Science Fair. Movie October Sky is based on this book.
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Rocket Men: The Epic Story of the First Men on the Moon by Craig Nelson.
Read by Lou Harpenau. Reading time 17 hours 42 minutes.
Prizewinning author retraces America's race against the Soviet Union to be the first to land on the moon. Chronicles NASA's 1969 Apollo 11 mission using interviews and declassified documents. Provides glimpses into the personal family lives of astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin Eugene "Buzz" Aldrin Jr., and Michael Collins. 2009.
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