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Tuesday, 10 April 2018 14:25

To the moon and back - ‘Rocket Men’

It’s remarkable to think that 50 years ago, we sent men to the moon with slide rules and punch-card computers. You’ve probably got something in your pocket right now exponentially more powerful than the combined computing power of NASA in the late 1960s.

But send them we did.

While history most clearly remembers Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon back in July of 1969, he and his crew were just the latest in a long line of astronauts who took many first steps of their own – steps that led to the planting of a flag somewhere not of the Earth.

Robert Kurson’s “Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man’s First Journey to the Moon” (Random House, $28) tells the story of one such step – the mission undertaken by Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and Bill Anders to become the first men ever to travel to the moon. From meticulous research and hours of interviews springs a lively narrative, one that brings the bravery and brainpower of all involved to vivid life.

Published in Tekk

Book offers thoughts on mankind’s outer space destiny

Published in Tekk
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 14:15

Satellite shenanigans

Visiting the lunar landscape

MOONBASE ALPHA, The Moon What's up, losers? Me, that's what!

Some of you might have been wondering what's been going on with the Main Man since my illustrious advice (the only reason to pick up this rag in the first place) has been unavailable these past months. Well, due to certain celestial confluences, I can tell you where I've been.

 

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