Author(s): Charles Fishman
President John F. Kennedy astonished the world on May 25,1961, when he announced to Congress that the United States should land a man on the Moon by 1970. No group was more surprised than the scientists and engineers at NASA, who suddenly had less than a decade to invent space travel. Over the next decade, more than 400,000 scientists, engineers, and factory workers would send 24 astronauts to the Moon. Each hour of space flight would require one million hours of work back on Earth to get America to the Moon on July 20,1969. Charles Fishman's One Giant Leap is the sweeping, definitive behind-the-scenes account of the furious race to complete one of mankind's greatest achievements. It's a story filled with surprises-from the item the astronauts almost forget to take with them (the American flag), to the extraordinary impact Apollo would have back on Earth, and on the way we live today. Book jacket.