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Moonshot : The Inside Story of Mankind's Greatest Adventure

By (author) Dan Parry

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'It didn't matter that they were now three miles beyond their target site, that communications were dropping out and that they were running low on fuel. All that mattered to Neil as he searched for a safe spot to land was that boulders littered the surface below. 'Thirty seconds', called mission control. In truth, the flight controllers were now no more than spectators, just like everybody else. No more needed to be said. It was down to Armstrong.' Simultaneously connected and separated by television, millions of people around the world held their breath as a human being looked back at them from the surface of the Moon. Yet who were these men capable of such an achievement? How did the passionate Buzz Aldrin, inscrutable Michael Collins and enigmatic Neil Armstrong learn to depend on one another as they endured the most intense period of their lives? From the personal tragedies and triumphs they encountered along the way to the terrifying climax of a mission that redefined humanity, "Moonshot" - now also a major TV factual-drama - draws on interviews with many of the leading participants and hundreds of hours of archive material to tell the compelling true story of an event that captured the imagination of generations, then and now.

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  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 134 x 214 x 26mm | 399.16g
  • 23 Jun 2009
  • Ebury Publishing
  • Ebury Press
  • London
  • English
  • 2 x 8pp colour picture sections
  • 0091928370
  • 9780091928377
  • 337,008

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Author Information

As a former BBC journalist and now Head of Research at Dangerous Films, Dan Parry developed his passion for history while working on diverse array of projects for television, ranging from the Neolithic period in Italy to the British Empire. He is the author of D-Day and Blackbeard.

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"Readers in a quest of a gripping and thoughtful paperback account should set their coordinates for Dan Parry's Moonshot, which is far better written that your average "accompanying the major television factual-drama" book." Daily Telegraph

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