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Reviewed in the United States on May 8, 2020
Written in in the late 90’s this is a walk back through much of the Manned Space Program, but ending with the completion of the Apollo flights. The book revels not only Kranz’s journey into his now famous roll in the program, but many behind the scenes drama that took place on missions that the public, and even those of us who worked in the field were unaware of. After a career in the Air Force flying F-86 Super Sabers, he was forced to change careers and was lucky enough to be hired by the Space Task Group at NASA Langley, in Hampton Virginia. Two weeks after he arrived he was sent to the nascent launch facilities at Cape Canaveral to start writing the plans for launch control of the Redstone Mercury vehicles. Starting from scratch he literally wrote the book defining the Mission Control functions throughout the Manned program. Valuable as it is as a history of this period, it is equally valued for his personal reflections on the events as they occurred. Well worth the read.
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