by James Lovell, Jeffrey Kluger
Editor: HOUGHTON MIFFLIN
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In April 1970, during the glory days of the NASA Space Program Apollo sent Navy Captain Jim Lovell and two other astronauts to America from the fifth mission to the moonOnly fifty-five hours in Apollo 13 flight, disaster struck: a mysterious explosion shook the ship, and, soon, oxygen and energy began to drainWritten with all the color and drama of the best fiction, APOLLO 13 (previously published as Lost Moon) tells the complete story of the moon blow that almost ended in disasterMinutes after the explosion, the three astronauts are forced to abandon the main ship for the lunar module, a small boat designed to keep the two men alive for only two days.As the hours go by, the story passes from the crippled spaceship of the Control Mission, from the research engineers desperately a way to repair the ship to Lovell’s wife and children to pray for her safe returnThe whole nation shows as one crisis after another and to overcome themAt the moment when the ship projections down into the Pacific, we understand why the heroic effort to save Lovell and his crew is considered by many as NASA’s hour of gloryNow, thirty years after the launch of the mission, Jim Lovell and co-author Jeffrey Kluger add a new preface and never-before-seen photos of Apollo 13In their preface, they offer an incisive look at America’s growing and shrinking love story with exploration of space over the past three decades, culminating only recently, when the Apollo 13 spacecraft itself, long relegated to an aviation museum outside Paris, was finally relocated home to the United States.As a source of inspiration today as it was thirty years ago, the story of Apollo 13 is a timeless tribute to the persistence of the American soul and sparkling with individual heroism.
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