Fallen Astronauts: Heroes Who Died Reaching for the Moon, Revised Edition
Near the end of the Apollo 15 mission, David Scott and fellow moonwalker James Irwin placed on the lunar soil a small tin figurine called The Fallen Astronaut . By telling the stories of the sixteen astronauts and cosmonauts who died in the quest to reach the moon between 1962 an... read full description below.
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|Library of Congress
||Astronauts - United States, Space flight to the moon - History, Manned space flight, Astronauts - Soviet Union, Astronauts - Death
||Biography: Science, Technology & Medical
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A tribute to sixteen space pioneers. Near the end of the Apollo 15 mission, David Scott and fellow moonwalkerJames Irwin conducted a secret ceremony unsanctioned byNASA: they placed on the lunar soil a small tin figurine called TheFallen Astronaut, along with a plaque bearing a list of names. Bytelling the stories of those sixteen astronauts and cosmonauts whodied in the quest to reach the moon between 1962 and 1972, thisbook enriches the saga of humankind's greatest scientific undertaking,Project Apollo, and conveys the human cost of the space race. Many people are aware of the first manned Apollo mission, in whichGus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee lost their lives in a fireduring a ground test, but few know of the other five fallen astronautswhose stories this book tells as well, including Ted Freeman and C. C.Williams, who died in the crashes of their T-38 jets; the Gemini Twins, Charlie Bassett and Elliot See, killed when their jet slammed into thebuilding where their Gemini capsule was undergoing final construction;and Ed Givens, whose fatal car crash has until now been obscuredby rumors. Supported by extensive interviews and archival material,the extraordinary lives and accomplishments of these and other fallenastronauts-including eight Russian cosmonauts who lost their livesduring training-unfold here in intimate and compelling detail. Theirstories return us to a stirring time in the history of our nation andremind us of the cost of fulfilling our dreams. This revised editionincludes expanded and revised biographies and additional photographs.
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||Every generation learns the hard lesson yet again: space flight is a risky business, not only the missions themselves but the arduous training.Fallen Astronautsis a long-overdue tribute to a group of men who paid the ultimate price for their tragically unfulfilled dreams of space flight. Michael Cassutt, author of Who s Who in Space and coauthor of We Have Capture --Michael Cassutt (09/14/2015)
Colin Burgess is the author or editor of several books on spaceflight, including Footprints in the Dust: The Epic Voyages of Apollo, 1969-1975 (Nebraska, 2010) and Teacher in Space: Christa McAuliffe and the Challenger Legacy (Nebraska, 2000). Kate Doolan is a longtime space researcher and writer. Bert Vis is a Dutch space analyst who conducts research on the Soviet/CIS space program. Capt. Eugene A. Cernan lives and works in Texas and is the author of The Last Man on the Moon.