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    DescriptionThis memoir of a veteran NASA flight director tells riveting stories from the early days of the Mercury program through Apollo 11 (the moon landing) and Apollo 13, for both of which Kranz was flight director. Gene Kranz was present at the creation of America's manned space program and was a key player in it for three decades. As a flight director in NASA's Mission Control, Kranz witnessed firsthand the making of history. He participated in the space program from the early days of the Mercury program to the last Apollo mission, and beyond. He endured the disastrous first years when rockets blew up and the United States seemed to fall further behind the Soviet Union in the space race. He helped to launch Alan Shepard and John Glenn, then assumed the flight director's role in the Gemini program, which he guided to fruition. With his teammates, he accepted the challenge to carry out President John F. Kennedy's commitment to land a man on the Moon before the end of the 1960s. Kranz recounts these thrilling historic events and offers new information about the famous flights. What appeared as nearly flawless missions to the Moon were, in fact, a series of hair-raising near misses. When the space technology failed, as it sometimes did, the controllers' only recourse was to rely on their skills and those of their teammates. He reveals behind-the-scenes details to demonstrate the leadership, discipline, trust, and teamwork that made the space program a success. A fascinating firsthand account by a veteran mission controller of one of America's greatest achievements, "Failure is Not an Option" reflects on what has happened to the space program and offers his own bold suggestions about what we ought to be doing in space now.

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    Failure Is Not an Option
    Mission Control from Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Gene Kranz
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 415
    Width: 154 mm
    Height: 232 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 440 g
    ISBN 13: 9781439148815
    ISBN 10: 1439148813

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    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S9.0
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: TBX, TRP
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/20CNTY, CHRN/1960
    B&T Merchandise Category: SCI
    B&T General Subject: 710
    BISAC V2.8: SCI005000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 26820
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    Ingram Subject Code: TE
    Libri: I-TE
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/1970, CHRN/1950
    BISAC V2.8: BIO015000
    Abridged Dewey: 629
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    BISAC V2.8: TEC002000
    B&T Approval Code: S87360000
    LC classification: TL
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    BISAC V2.8: HIS036060
    DC22: 629.4530973
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    Thema V1.0: TBX, NHK, TRP
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
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    Publication date
    23 June 2009
    Author Information
    Eugene F. Kranz joined the NASA Space Task Group in 1960 and was Assistant Flight Director for Project Mercury (the original manned space missions). He continued as Flight Director for the Apollo 11 lunar landing. He is a co-recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his work leading the Apollo 13 teams. "Failure Is Not an Option" is his first book. He lives with his family near Houston, Texas.
    Review quote
    "A rich, behind-the-scenes account of the experts who held the lives of America's first space explorers in their hands." -- Mark Carreau, "Houston Chronicle"