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Product Details

  • Paperback: 124 pages
  • Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing (April 29, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609110633
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609110635
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 10 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,880,102 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Review

I am one of two women who worked on the Saturn V as an aerospace engineer during Apollo.
We worked on the SI-C stage at Michoud, La. I love the Saturn V. This is my  is my autobiography. --Author

From the Author

This is a light-hearted and funny book about the high-jinks and
overall devilment that occurred during Apollo. It is an easy read that anyone can enjoy.
There are no complicated equations, detailed physics or complicated engineering.
It appeals to everyone.

More About the Author

Sara Howard graduated from Louisiana State University with an Honors Degree in Math and Astronomy. She worked as an Aerospace Engineer on the Saturn V during Apollo. Sara's first Apollo book "Something Funny Happened on the Way to the Moon" is a light-hearted autobiography of Sara both before and after her experiences working on Apollo.
Sara's newest book is, "Mischief at Michoud", published by Tate Publishing and is available on Amazon. This is an updated version of her first book and contains new information.
Sara is one of the only two women who were engineers on the first stage (S-IC) of the Saturn V. We worked at the Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF) near New Orleans in the 1960s. Sara is honoring the incredible men and women who dedicated their lives to protecting others and changed the course of history forever.

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This is one of the 'must read' books on space exploration.
randy
If one word can be used to describe Something Funny Happened on the Way to the Moon it would be - delightful.
Harvey A. Green
I loved the humour in this book which is written in an easy conversational style.
Lyn Aldred author of Ring of Stones

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

42 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Harvey A. Green on June 21, 2010
Format: Paperback
An enchanting work, Something Funny Happened on the Way to the Moon, is the perfect read on a pleasant Sunday afternoon. More than an autobiographical snapshot in the life of an aerospace engineer, Sara Howard's work is a balled; a love song. From beginning to end, this story is bound together by the author's unqualified love of the Apollo space program in which she participated as a technician extraordinaire.
As the author describes her work at NASA it is presented in the simple and engaging style that somehow seems unusual for a mathematician. Likewise, Howard's emotional relationship with her work in the space program, her relationship with her colleagues, and the Apollo program itself seem somehow out of sync with what one would expect from an accomplished aerospace engineer and protégé of Werner Von Braun. The reader cannot help but be caught up in Howard's excitement, her wonder and her joy in being part of the one of the greatest projects to date in the history of space exploration.
An easy read, the entire book can be read in a single afternoon, leaving the reader wanting more. For those interested in the human side of the experience of being one of the 400,000 dedicated people that participated in landing on the moon and returning again, this book is a joy to read. In the end the reader cannot help but salute Sara Howard's experience, her relationship to it, and her ability to share it in such an appealing way. If one word can be used to describe Something Funny Happened on the Way to the Moon it would be - delightful.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Juliann Troi, on July 3, 2010
Format: Paperback
Something Funny Happened on the Way to the Moon is the fascinating account of a little noticed, yet essential part of the American space program. Told from the perspective of one of the "peons in the pits", Something Funny Happened on the Way to the Moon reveals an inspiring, never-before-seen side of the program. Having been a member of the team that built the Saturn V rockets used during the Apollo Program, Ms. Howard is an authoritative source on the greatest technological marvel in history.
Yet, this book is far more than a scintillating primer on the components that make space travel possible; it is a tribute to the 400,000 individuals who, together, made history by putting Americans on the moon. Without their expertise and hard work it could not have happened.
Thank you, Ms. Howard for sharing your remarkable story. This is truly "American history at its finest"!
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Poppy on August 9, 2010
Format: Paperback
I read Sara Howard's book, 'Something Funny Happened on the way to the Moon' because of the title. It was seriously funny, as the curious title told me it should be. I was seriously surprised and learned valuable history lessons of the formative years of space travel and NASA, and the events that led to the first moon walk in 1969. I laughed with Sara's account of the the fact the Russians were the first to send a rocket into orbit, on my second birthday, October 4th, 1957. I remember looking into the heavens for it.

Her father wasn't real happy, and only made great minds think harder and be more determined to push the envelope into outer space further with safe and sound results. Sara Howard, a woman, and grown in the midst of changes with the 1960's, had the same fun the hippies were getting into, but she kept her feet on the ground and helped put the first human on the moon, literally. No doubt inspired by seeing her father launch his own rockets over six thousand feet up into the atmosphere. One of her dad's rocket was designed with the aide of Dr. Werner Von Braun. That name alone gave me the depth and seriousness of her book, written in an easy reading style with a flow that will take you to the last page at light speed for the interesting history lesson alone. No Hollywood movie script with a hyped up and distracting dialog for the suspenseful successful, hit movie ending, all landing in the lap of a few characters.

Instances as this and who made it possible for a human to travel as far as the moon, were entertaining. But, learning of the ones who actually had the ideas and made the design for a blueprint of a space ship that worked, and then not getting the recognition for it, was a feeling of disappointment I could understand.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Norman Edelen, Author of "After A While You Wonder" on August 2, 2010
Format: Paperback
I saw Sara speak at the United States Naval Academy in November of 2008.
What a speech it was! The Midshipmen and women were standing and screaming.
Sara is unique and one of the very few women who worked as an engineer on the Saturn V. Many of the things of which she spoke are in her book. She literally
brought the house down.

Many of the instructors became her friends. She is invited back as a "special
guest" in 2011. I can't say enough about this remarkable woman.
Her enthusiasm is so contageous that we came down with her "flu".

We all read her book. It is a wonderful and fun account of a great chapter
in our history. She started out watching her dad launch rockets with some
very funny endings. After she graduated from Louisiana State University with
an Honors Degree in Math and Astronomy, she went to New Orleans to apply for
a job working on Apollo with Boeing.

Not only does she tell the funny things that happened, she writes of the
Range Safety Officer and the need to destroy a rocket which upset her immensely. Her work was such a joy and you will read it in her book. Also contained in her book is a wonderful chapter of Naval History about the
Naval Recovery ships for our Apollo Astronauts.

To the delight of the Naval Academy she told the Mids that she worked
on the Trident Nuclear Missile Submarine. Sara is our kind of gal!

There are aerospace engineers at the Naval Academy and they told Sara that
she is considered a "National Treasure". She will be cherished by us forever.
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