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Fly Me to the Moon: Lost in Space with the Mercury Generation

4.6 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0965384650
ISBN-10: 0965384659
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From Publishers Weekly

While this enthusiast's wide-eyed scrapbook may not sweep away readers unattuned to the thrill and romance of space exploration, space buffs will be mesmerized. Ethier, a freelance journalist born in 1958, calls himself a member of "the Mercury Generation," an allusion to NASA's very first project (1958-1964) to launch a human into space. His breezy, informal, entertaining history of America's space program and of our Cold War race with the Soviets to own the heavens focuses on Project Mercury (Mercury astronaut Schirra, who orbited the earth in Sigma 7 in 1962 and went on to transmit the first live pictures from a manned spacecraft in 1968, contributes a foreword), yet the unabashedly nostalgic narrative also catapults from Projects Gemini and Apollo to John Glenn's historic 1998 return to space aboard the Space Shuttle. For EthierAwho cried tears of joy with college chums near Cape Canaveral when they watched the 1981 maiden launch of Space Shuttle ColumbiaAspace flight is a metaphor for life, proof that with perseverance, study and faith one can accomplish anything. This theme resonates throughout profiles and interviews with NASA astronauts, engineers, technicians and amateur rocketeers. Ethier's odyssey is spiked with offbeat digressions, including his wife giving birth to their son (an event he likens to a rocket launch) and the story of rock singer/songwriter Jeannie Cunningham, whose veneration of her role model, astronaut Judy Resnik (a victim of the 1986 Challenger explosion) reportedly helped her kick her cocaine habit. (June)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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The author, a freelance writer and fan of space exploration, tells the story of space flight, beginning with Project Mercury, from the perspective of the astronauts and their families, their neighbors, reporters, and space buffs. Drawing on interviews, Ethier offers glimpses of the astronauts as ordinary people and recaptures the excitement Americans felt watching each launch. He highlights the events that sparked the imagination of an entire generation of children. Just in time for the 30th anniversary of the first manned landing on the moon, his book will be inspirational to parents, young adults, children, their teachers, and even guidance counselors. For school and public libraries.ADale Ebersole Jr., Univ. of Toledo Lib.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: McGregor Publishing (April 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965384659
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965384650
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,406,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lost in Space was great. I enjoyed reliving the power and awe from the early years of NASA, and instead of rote facts, this book really gives you a feel of being part of the space program. It is a well written account of numerous personal experiences of the astronauts, to average Americans and their involvement surrounding this phenomenal thing we call space exploration. I strongly recommend this one for anyone who hold a special place in their heart for the US space program.
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Bryan Ethier has created a masterpiece. This book brought all of those childhood memories back that I thought I had forever forgotten. It brought me back to a time in America when things seemed so exciting and nothing could stand in our way of exploring the stars. It rekindled the feelings I had as a child when I watched the Apollo missions launch into space and wondered if I'd get a chance someday to touch a distant planet or star. Nothing seemed impossible then. There was nothing that we couldn't accomplish. With this book, Bryan Ethier made me realize that we still have that same spirit living in all of us and that the dreams of our youth should never be forgotten. Just a wonderful, wonderful book that I hope will one day be treated as an American treasure.
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I grew up in the area where the book was written. I was at the housing area where they had the swimming pool shaped like a space capsule. It brought back a lot of great memories. Anyone who is a space enthusiast will enjoy adding this book to their space library.
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I was very disappointed with this book. I expected to read about being a young boy whose imagination was captured by the beginnings of the American manned-space program; how the courageous efforts of those involved in the Mercury program brought about a wave of pride in America; and that it was the dream of many boys and girls to travel into space and maybe go to the Moon!

What I got was a book that talked a lot about the Space Shuttle program and child birth?!

Having grown up with the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs (and being old enough to remember them!) I was eager to share in the memories of a kindred spirit, but found the author's recollections lacking. It seemed the author struggled to have enough subject matter to give the book sufficient length.
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After voraciously reading this book from cover to cover, I could not help but reflect on my own childhood. "Fly me to the Moon" brings back many memories, experiences and emotions while I witnessed our fledgling space program mature into the complexities of today's Space Shuttle. The tales of crickets and mice becoming airbourne in model rockets was just one of the many entertaining anecdotes this book reveals. Commencing with Bryan's entrance into the Space Program utilizing a turkey baster as a model Mercury spacecraft, is a good opening that demands the reader's attention, leaving him to wonder, "Whats on the next page"? Contributing stories by astronauts, technicians, scientists, jounalists, and dreamers like you and me, makes this book not only comical but historical as well. (The Mercury Generation) I myself simulate Space Shuttle missions with 4th and 5th grade elementary kids and enjoy witnessing their expressions of delight when they launch and pilot their own spacecraft. (The Space Shuttle Generation). Bryan shows that it isn't wrong to be creative, experiment, invent and dream about thrilling space adventures not only in the pre-teen years, but throughout our lifetime. After all, children are our future astronauts. Listen to their dreams, explore with them, focus on their abilities! Bryan has opened up an avenue that has been rarely talked about or recorded. It certainly was about time! Thanks for a neat book that will always be remembered and kept in my library.
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When Mike Collins dropped his passengers off on the moon, this now 62-year-old woman sat transfixed watching on our black-and-white TV and my heart beat at the awe of this magical event! Who would have thought when we were kids looking at the "man in the moon" that there would ever BE things such as TV?
In "Fly Me to the Moon" Bryan Ethier wraps all these wonders up together and makes us relive all these awesome events with a flair of mirth and forgotten emotions.
My routine, prior to early Mass on Sunday, is to let Calgon take me away while I do my New York Times crossword puzzle. This Sunday, I opted to start reading Bryan Ethier's book. Having visited the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral last year, I was THERE as I read Bryan's description of the launch he viewed and, having given birth multiple times, I LOVED the author's description of his son Adam's birth. Every mother will enjoy the way he ties both "launches" together.
How could we get this WONDERFUL book into our schools so our youngster could appreciate the wonder of using their imagination and learn through "Fly Me to the Moon" the history of our space program?
Is there a way this could be done?
I hope this is not Bryan's last book!
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