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Kranz was part of the mission control team that, in January 1961, launched a chimpanzee into space and successfully retrieved him, and made Alan Shepard the first American in space in May 1961. Just two months later they launched Gus Grissom for a space orbit, John Glenn orbited Earth three times in February 1962, and in May of 1963 Gordon Cooper completed the final Project Mercury launch with 22 Earth orbits. And through them all, and the many Apollo missions that followed, Gene Kranz was one of the integral inside men--one of those who bore the responsibility for the Apollo 1 tragedy, and the leader of the "tiger team" that saved the Apollo 13 astronauts.
Moviegoers know Gene Kranz through Ed Harris's Oscar-nominated portrayal of him in Apollo 13, but Kranz provides a more detailed insider's perspective in his book Failure Is Not an Option. You see NASA through his eyes, from its primitive days when he first joined up, through the 1993 shuttle mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope, his last mission control project. His memoir, however, is not high literature. Kranz has many accomplishments and honors to his credit, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, but this is his first book, and he's not a polished author. There are, perhaps, more behind-the-scenes details and more paragraphs devoted to what Cape Canaveral looked like than the general public demands. If, however, you have a long-standing fascination with aeronautics, if you watched Apollo 13 and wanted more, Failure Is Not an Option will fill the bill. --Stephanie Gold --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Gene Kranz is an actual living American hero. What a fantastic read!Published 9 hours ago by R. Barlow
If you or someone you know cares anything about space or the apollo program, this is the best book for an insiders view. Makes a great gift!Published 4 days ago by Mike
The men and women in the spacecraft are those most often associated with spaceflight in the minds of the public. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Felix Major
If you interested in the history of NASA pick up this book. I learned a lot for this book. Just a heads up there is some language in here.Published 22 days ago by F. Cairo
Great book! A little bit too technical for me, but very very interesting. I've enjoyed it!Published 27 days ago by Graciela Pierre
The meticulous recounting of America's space odyssey through to the conclusion of the Apollo Program is so densely packed with valuable parables that I lost count early on. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kurt Sauer
A very engaging and detailed narrative of a flight controllers life in the space program. Very well worth reading for anyone interested in the space program!Published 1 month ago by Cloudsplitter
Very well written, keeps you on edge the whole time even when outcome is known.
A ton of inside info never before known.
An awesome read!!!!
Wonderful inside look behind the scenes. This book tells the story of the brilliant and dedicated people who made space flight possible.Published 1 month ago by Papa