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One Giant Leap: Apollo 11 Forty Years on Hardcover – May 25, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd (May 25, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845134222
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845134228
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 9.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,061,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

The first moon landing in July 1969 captured the imagination of the world as no subsequent “space spectacular” has.  Forty years later, space historian Piers Bizony has produced a stunning visual record of this unparalleled mission.   Drawing on high-resolution images from the entire suite of Apollo 11’s on-board film magazines, the book presents a complete picture of the mission: the launch, the astronauts’ lives inside the spacecraft, the landing and moon walk, and finally the return to earth to worldwide acclaim.  Accompanying these images is Bizony’s essay on the lasting cultural and emotional impact of the mission, augmented with quotes from astronauts, scientists, and literary commentators. 

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About the Author

Piers Bizony has written about science, aerospace and cosmology for a wide variety of magazines in the UK and the US. His previous books include 2001: Filming the Future, The Rivers of Mars (shortlisted for the NASA/Eugene M. Emme Award for Astronautical Writing), Starman (a biography of Yuri Gargarin, also a BBC TV programme) and Space: 50, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and HarperCollins, marking the 50th anniversary of Sputnik. His latest project, Atom, will tie-in with a major BBC TV series on the discovery of quantum physics.

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Well, Well This book has great pictures.
Sara Howard
The book purchased contained thick paper pages of pictures of the first Appolo moon landing, not much better than could be gotten on the internet for free.
Linda J. Galante
This book was purchased in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the July 20, 1969 landing.
D. Price

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Price on September 13, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book was purchased in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the July 20, 1969 landing. It tells the story in detail with all of the original famous pictures, and even many color photos I had never seen before. It gives the history with wonderful large and full color photos of John Glenn's Mercury Atlas ship, Mission Control, etc. In addition, the book looks to the future with text and photo quality illustrations of Orion.

The only things I could not find were photos of Gemini and an index. However, this is more of a coffee table book so an index is not really necessary.

I greatly enjoyed this book and would recommend it without hesitation to the spaceflight enthusiast and/or the historian. THE BEST THING ABOUT THIS BOOK IS THE PICTURES.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By star wars grandma on September 14, 2009
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Beautiful book commemorating moon landing. Pictures are awesome - very well done.
Gave it to a family member who turned 40 on the same day as the moon landing.
A perfect gift!
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I LOVE PICTURES AND THIS HAS A LOT OF THEM AND PHOTOS NEVER HAVE SEEN BEFORE! JUST LOOKING AT THE PICTURES TELLS THE WHOLE STORY AND THE CLARITY OF THE PHOTOS IS GREAT! READING IS ALSO VERY GOOD. THIS IS A GOOD PICTORIAL HISTORY OF APOLLO 11 MISSION! HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS ONE ALSO!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Colin Brown VINE VOICE on July 25, 2012
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This is a coffee table sized book which I bought mainly for the photographs, some of which have not been published before (although can be found on various websites if you look hard enough).
The photographs are excellent, highly detailed, a lot of color photographs taken from the training and the before the flight, with some taken years after the flight (a good one of Neil Armstrong given a talk 40 years later). There are also some computer generated pictures to give a feel for what some things were like where photographs were not available.
Unfortunately for a book dedicated to the 40th Anniversary of the Apollo moon landing, the narrative that goes along with the book is fairly badly written and in quite a few places just plain wrong.
One glaring example can be found starting on P45 where the author is talking about the computers on board and the infamous program alarm incident during decent. The author starts correctly with mention of Program Alarm 1201 then in the text gives the quote of "Give us the reading on the 1202 alarm". This 1202 alarm happened later and was not part of the same sequence of events. The author then goes on to say the that when Charlie Duke gave the 30 second fuel warning then the Eagle starting moving horizantal (this happened before) and also that when the fuel ran out the abort system would automatically take the astronauts back up to dock with the command module (incorrect). The author states that has heard the air to ground communication tapes and goes on about inflections in the voices but if he had truly heard the tapes then he would know that what he had just written was plainly wrong.
The narrative is a great letdown to what could have been a good book.
The book is worth it for the pictures but do not read it for the content.
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