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Rocket Men:The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and The Astronauts Who Made Man's First Journey to the Moon

Robert Kurson

By August 1968, the American space program was in danger of failing in its goals to land a man on the Moon and triumph over the Soviets in space. With its back against the wall, NASA made a bold decision: It would risk everything on a launch of the Apollo 8 mission, sending the first men to reach and orbit the Moon—in just four months during Christmas. In this gripping account, Robert Kurson (Shadow Divers, 2004) puts the focus on the three astronauts and their families: Frank Borman, the commander on his final mission; Jim Lovell, who dreamed since boyhood of riding a rocket to the Moon; and Bill Anders, a young nuclear engineer and hotshot fighter pilot making his first space flight.