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Before This Decade Is Out: Personal Reflections On The Apollo Program

by Glen E. Swanson

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This significant collection of oral histories of the Saturn/Apollo program recounts the unique adventure of the lunar landing program as witnessed by some of the political leaders, engineers, scientists, and astronauts who made it such a success. It includes recollections from James Webb, the NASA administrator whose political connections in Washington extended back to the New Deal of the 1930s; rocket pioneer and architect of the Saturn V rocket Wernher von Braun; the resolute Robert Gilruth, director of the Houston center; the engineering iconoclast Maxime Faget, whose designs of spacecraft made flights to the moon possible; and astronauts such as Harrison Schmitt and Charles Duke.

These reflections on this unique time, place, and accomplishment are a must read for any student of space history and Project Apollo. A foreword by Christopher C. Kraft, Jr., former director of NASA's Johnson Space Center, introduces this extraordinary first chapter in America's space history.

About the Author
Glen E. Swanson is a historian at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. He is a former editor of Countdown, a monthly magazine covering the Space Shuttle program and the founder of Quest, the world's only scholarly publication devoted to the history of space flight.



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