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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.
My dad worked on the Atlas through the Space Shuttle. The history of my youth..thanks to all who was part of that history.Published 8 days ago by 4192
This book was worth the time to read. I enjoyed it very much and I recommend it to anyone interested in reading about our countries fight to be the first on the moon. Mr. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Sully4252
Interesting and informative about "the other side" of rocket launches and trips in space.Published 14 days ago by Sanoma Goodwill
I am told it is a great read but can not read it myself. The kindle app for
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Very detailed, very thorough, and an excellent learning tool. Makes you feel as if you really knew Mr. Kranz, his team and the astronauts and their experience.Published 1 month ago by Carol Bouchard
This book made me grateful that people like Gene Kranz were on hand, setting high standards for themselves; often having grueling schedules and high anxiety situations, but... Read morePublished 1 month ago by A. Davis
Bought it for my husband who is a great admirer of Gene Kranz. Very informative and a great readPublished 1 month ago by Kim Hamilton
An amazing story told from the other side of the fence, not from a hot shot pilot but from the men that were critical in ensuring safety and success were achieved where no others... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ricardo
Have followed the space program since the 60's. Both happy and sad to read the "behind the scenes " of the glory days!Published 2 months ago by Michael Quenzer