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To Rule the Night: The Discovery Voyage of Astronaut Jim Irwin Hardcover – January 1, 1973


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  • Hardcover: 251 pages
  • Publisher: A. J. Holman Co.; 1st edition (1973)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879810246
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879810245
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.7 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By David K. Stephens on December 30, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The chapters about the Apollo 15 mission ( and the LTA-8 tests ) are terrific and factually correct ( unlike so many newer books on Apollo ). On the personal side, both Irwin and Worden were on the verge of divorces during their training, and Worden did divorce. It is easy to see how the constant training and travel could and did lead to the breakup of so many astronaut marriages.
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By Donald Law on September 22, 2013
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I loved this book since the author James Irwin personally signed my other similar book when he attended the rocket firing at Aerojet General back in 1974. This book I bought to have a second one for my family.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mevashir on December 7, 2013
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This is a very gripping account of both the NASA moon program and the life of one of its astronauts. Jim Irwin returned from the moon a changed man: he sensed God's presence in outer space and devoted the rest of his post mission life relaying this message to audiences around the world. Irwin demonstrates an incredibly keen memory as he recounts many details from the earliest days of his extraordinary life to his final role as a globetrotting cosmic evangelist.

Irwin was a diminutive man in a role dominated by macho military types, so his story is doubly inspiring to those of us who have ordinary physical constitutions but drive determination and devotion to a greater cause that may be enticing us. This book conveys the incredible physical mental and emotional preparation that go into the training of an astronaut: from military training as a Navy or Air Force pilot, to endurance training and advanced graduate level courses in astrophysics, engineering and geology.

For a number of years I have doubted that the NASA Apollo program really put men on the moon, but this book helped me put aside all doubts. It is inconceivable to me that NASA would spend $8 million on a Lunar Rover never to use it and five years of extremely expensive and exacting training of an astronaut never to deploy him in a real mission. For that reason alone I am glad to have read this book.

But on a deeper level I wonder if the NASA program was really worth it. Was it worth the enormous price tag to fly to the moon and collect a few hundred pounds of rocks? To plant a couple of American flags? To leave behind bags of trash, equipment and even human waste?
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9 of 26 people found the following review helpful By J. Butte on October 31, 2005
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Are you a space geek? Don't buy this book. Are you hyper-religious? You'll love it.

I wanted an insider's perspective on space travel. Not a sermon about how Jesus is the engineer of the space program and everything inbetween.
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