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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: 9.8 x 0.7 x 10.5 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: #6,495,341 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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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 Delta Sigma on June 19, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I worked on Gemini and Apollo at Kennedy, and I try to read every space history book I can get my hands on. From the title, I expected this book to be exclusively about the Apollo 11 mission. However, there is a lot of material included that, while still of interest, has nothing to do with Apollo 11. The photos are good, altho some of the captions are a little misleading. There are several technical and factual errors, including the strange one making the rounds lately about Apollo 6 heading toward earth before recovering and limping into orbit.
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