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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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    Title
    Failure is Not an Option
    Subtitle
    Mission Control from Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Gene Kranz, Narrator Danny Campbell
    Physical properties
    Format: CD-Audio
    Width: 136 mm
    Height: 192 mm
    Thickness: 16 mm
    Weight: 118 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781452653907
    ISBN 10: 1452653909
    Classifications

    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBB
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: TEC
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.9
    B&T Merchandise Category: AUD
    BIC subject category V2: PDX, TBX, TRP
    BISAC V2.8: SCI034000, COM032000
    Ingram Subject Code: JN
    Libri: I-JN
    LC classification: T
    B&T General Subject: 229
    Abridged Dewey: 004
    BISAC V2.8: TEC002000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 56100
    BISAC V2.8: HIS000000
    DC22: 629.453
    Thema V1.0: TBX, PDX, TRP
    Edition
    Unabridged
    Edition statement
    Unabridged
    Publisher
    Tantor Media, Inc
    Imprint name
    Tantor Media, Inc
    Publication date
    30 August 2011
    Publication City/Country
    Old Saybrook, CT
    Author Information
    Gene Kranz is a former NASA Mission Control flight director and the co-recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his work leading the Apollo 13 teams. Actor Danny Campbell has appeared in CBS's "The Guardian," the recent films "A Pool, a Fool, and a Duel" and "Greater Than Gravity," and over twenty-five commercials. An "AudioFile" Earphones Award winner, his narrative work includes the part of David Foster Wallace in Mike Lipsky's "Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself."
    Review quote
    "Plenty of books (and several films) have already tried to depict the space program's excitement; few of their creators had the first-person experience or the attention to detail Krantz has, whose role as flight control "White" his readers will admire or even wish to emulate." ---Publishers Weekly