Failure is Not An Option: Mission Control From Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond, by Gene Kranz

My Copy: 9781439148815 (image from bn.com) Anyone who's a fan of (or has even seen) Apollo 13 probably remembers a guy with a crew cut and a white shirt and vest stomping out of a room yelling "Failure is not an option" during one of the many tense scenes. That guy was Gene Kranz, played … Continue reading Failure is Not An Option: Mission Control From Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond, by Gene Kranz

We Seven: The Classic Story of the Heroes who Launched America Into Space, by the Astronauts Themselves

My Copy: 9781439181034 (image from Simon and Schuster .com) I was pretty excited to read this book after I found it in the source notes from The Right Stuff...and it gives me some insight as to the limitations The Right Stuff had in its own narrative. We Seven, by the Astronauts themselves, is a collection … Continue reading We Seven: The Classic Story of the Heroes who Launched America Into Space, by the Astronauts Themselves

Apollo 13 Owner’s Workshop Manual: An Engineering Insight Into How NASA Saved the Crew of the Failed Moon Mission, by Dr. David Baker

My Copy: 9780760346198 (image from Goodreads.com) I thought it was a joke at first, with the Haynes cover and all. I thought of Haynes as the fix-your-own-car guide, the source of all wisdom for all wannabe do-it-yourselfers (Boy, I miss those days). I thought it was a funny idea, silly to have a book like … Continue reading Apollo 13 Owner’s Workshop Manual: An Engineering Insight Into How NASA Saved the Crew of the Failed Moon Mission, by Dr. David Baker