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    DescriptionGene 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 was flight director for both Apollo 11, the mission in which Neil Armstrong fulfilled President Kennedy's pledge, and Apollo 13. He headed the Tiger Team that had to figure out how to bring the three Apollo 13 astronauts safely back to Earth. (In the film "Apollo 13, " Kranz was played by the actor Ed Harris, who earned an Academy Award nomination for his performance.) In "Failure Is Not an Option, " Gene 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. Kranz takes us inside Mission Control and introduces us to some of the whiz kids -- still in their twenties, only a few years out of college -- who had to figure it all out as they went along, creating a great and daring enterprise. He reveals behind-the-scenes details to demonstrate the leadership, discipline, trust, and teamwork that made the space program a success. Finally, Kranz 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. This is a fascinating firsthand account written by a veteran mission controller of one of America's greatest achievements.

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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: Other book format
    Number of pages: 415
    Width: 171 mm
    Height: 248 mm
    Thickness: 32 mm
    Weight: 698 g
    ISBN 13: 9780743200790
    ISBN 10: 0743200799

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.0
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCP
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    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: WNX
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/20CNTY
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/1960
    B&T General Subject: 710
    BISAC V2.8: SCI005000, TEC056000
    Ingram Subject Code: TE
    Libri: I-TE
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/1970, CHRN/1950
    BISAC V2.8: BIO015000
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    B&T Approval Code: S87360000
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    BISAC V2.8: HIS036060
    DC22: 629.4530973
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    DC21: 629.4530973
    DC22: 629.45/3/0973
    LC classification: TL873 .K73 2000
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    Simon & Schuster Ltd
    Imprint name
    Simon & Schuster Ltd
    Publication date
    24 April 2000
    Publication City/Country
    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"