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Voices from the Moon: Apollo Astronauts Describe Their Lunar Experiences [Englisch] [Gebundene Ausgabe]

Andrew Chaikin
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14. Mai 2009
The epic of the Apollo missions told in the astronauts' own words and gorgeously illustrated with their photographs

Andrew Chaikin's A Man on the Moon is considered the definitive history of the Apollo moon missions-arguably the pinnacle of human experience. Now, using never-before-published quotes taken from his in-depth interviews with twenty-three of the twenty-four Apollo lunar astronauts, Chaikin and his collaborator, Victoria Kohl, have created an extraordinary account of the lunar missions. In Voices from the Moon the astronauts vividly recount their experiences in intimate detail; their distinct personalities and remarkably varied perspectives emerge from their candid and deeply personal reflections. Carefully assembled into a narrative that reflects the entire arc of the lunar journey, Voices from the Moon captures the magnificence of the Apollo program like no other book. Paired with their own words are 160 images taken from NASA's new high-resolution scans of the photos the astronauts took during the missions. Many of the photos, which are reproduced with stunning and unprecedented detail, have rarely-if ever-been seen by the general public. Voices from the Moon is an utterly unique chronicle of these defining moments in human history.

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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 224 Seiten
  • Verlag: Studio (14. Mai 2009)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0670020788
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670020782
  • Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: Ab 18 Jahren
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 23,1 x 26,9 x 2,3 cm
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Andrew Chaikin is the author of the acclaimed A Man on the Moon and several other books about space. He is a commentator for NPR’s Morning Edition and had appeared on Good Morning America, Nightline, Fresh Air, and Talk of the Nation.

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You say, Hey, I'm out here 150 or 200 thousand miles away from home, going in the other direction. It's not just home—it's not like you're on a trip from Houston to California. I mean, you have really left society.


The Saturn V was such an enormous machine. And the size of the engines. You still wonder, when you see it on its side down there in Houston. It was an enormous thing. And I think I felt that more going up the morning of the launch. Because it was so quiet, nobody around it… I don't want to say awe, a combination of admiration— yeah, maybe awe. Wonderment.


It's a little different sitting in the rocket, rather than watching it … from the ground, and hearing the announcer, you know, dramatically talk about the countdown, and what's going on. Inside the rocket, sitting there, waiting for the countdown, is a lot different, because you don't get that momentous buildup, that anxiety buildup. You're sitting there, and you just do certain things. And the launch is a little bit different too, because on the ground you get that vibration in your stomach, whereas in the spacecraft itself, it's a big rumble. You can hear those valves open up and all that fuel drop down those manifold valves. You know, the pipes are big. You know, you're burning fifteen tons per second. And so you really go to town, and you can hear that. And it's a big rumbling noise, and off you go.


There's always the element of unreality in it because a launch is not real until you lift off. And until you lift off, something could always happen to call you back, to prevent the launch… So you don't commit yourself to the flight—totally—until you get ignition and you're off the pad. And then, it's all or nothing. That's the gamble— it's either heads or tails. At that point, you're committed to the flight. Whether you come back is not important at that point. Then, the flight is the important thing… I would say, at the instant of liftoff (snaps his fingers),—and you know they can't call you back, there's a momentary thing that says, This is for real. And then, training kind of takes over. And you go through things like you did in the simulator.


Above: Apollo 8's liftoff, viewed by a camera on the launch pad. Opposite: A tracking camera view of Apollo 15.

There was a startling moment there, right at liftoff. Everybody got quite startled. Because we had simulated the hell out of everything— aborts and everything—but nobody had ever been on a Saturn V… As we lifted off, you can imagine this rocket—it's a giant thing, but it's not bulky like an obelisk or like the Washington Monument; it's not rigid. It's more flexible. Not quite a whip antenna on your automobile, but somewhat like this… So we were literally being thrown around. I mean, "thrown around" is the best way I can describe it. I felt like a rat in the jaws of a giant terrier. I mean, here we'd hardly started, and already we had something that we hadn't simulated.


I really wasn't sure the crazy thing was going to stay together. Even to read the gauges was almost a guess.


It was raining so goddamn hard—it was really a damn storm that morning. We wanted to launch, obviously. We delayed during the countdown, but we weren't about to crawl out of that goddamn thing and go back. We were ready to launch. And then we were running out of the [launch] window, and it looked like it was easing off some, and they fired our butts right through that stuff.


Apollo 12 lifts off into a rainstorm. Half a minute later, the ascending spacecraft was struck by lightning, knocking out the command module's electrical system.

No matter what single, double, or triple failure those guys [the simulation instructors] put into the electrical system, they never came up with anything that turned on every electrical warning light in the caution and warning system. Man, they all lit. I think there were eleven of them. And they all came on. Everything that had anything to do with the electrical system lit up on the caution and warning panel. Every one of those hummers was on. Every one! I couldn't believe it.


Pete called it right; he told [the ground] he thought we got struck by lightning, but neither Al nor I had a window to look out of, and we didn't see anything… There was a boost protective cover over us; during launch, his is the only window … until the [launch escape] tower goes and pulls the boost protective cover off.


I thought the service module had somehow separated from the command module. Because I didn't know any other way—I knew that no failure, or two failures, could do it. Because we'd had all the failures. So I knew them. You know, I'd look at six lights; that's AC [bus] 1. You soon learn the patterns and the numbers. And there were so many… I said, "They didn't bolt the command module right to the service module, and it slipped." Because, see, we lost three fuel cells. The only way you can do that is to kind of break it… So that's what went through my mind. I never thought of a lightning bolt…


I never thought about aborting—at that point. Obviously, I did not want to wind up with a dead spacecraft in orbit.


In retrospect, it could have been catastrophic. But it wasn't.


Burning in the invisible flame of the Saturn V's second-stage engines, a connecting ring falls away following first-stage separation. An automatic camera aboard the unmanned Apollo 4 captured these views.

We had a lot of acceleration just prior to [first-stage] cutoff. We were really being squashed back… We were up to four and a half Gs or whatever it was. And, you know, your chest gets compressed down. You're panting. Your arms feel real heavy, so you're not moving around flipping any switches. And of course the fluid is all back here in your ears. But you get used to it. So you're kind of semiacclimated. And suddenly, you go from that, not only to zero G as the engine cuts off, but there's little retrorockets that fire on that engine to pull it back off, just before the second stage cuts in… . You know, you've seen those old movies like Captain from Castile, where they have a catapult that heaves the rock over the wall? I mean, I suddenly felt like I'd been sitting on a catapult and somebody cut the rope. Because I felt like I was going to go right through the instrument panel. Literally… And so I threw my arms up. And just as I got my hand up like that, the second stage cut in, and, clunk, the wrist ring hit my helmet. So I was a little embarrassed. Of course there was this big cloud of fire around us, you know (laughs), it was a very spectacular part of the flight. And of course, I'd just gone through my first launch; then two minutes and forty seconds later, we're in the middle of this, and I thought, Boy, this is going to be something. [It was] dull after that.


Having that whole mission in my hands when we lifted off—I had that T-handle, which could've shut that Saturn V down, aborted the mission if I wanted to. I mean, I had that...

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Die Auswahl der Fotos ist excellent gelungen. Dazu kommen die Kommentare bzw. die Aussagen der betroffenen Astronauten passend zu den Bildern. Ein Super - Buch in fantastischer Aufmachung. Absolut empfehlenswert!
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Das die Astronauten die eine oder andere Frage dazu, wie es im Weltraum ist, nicht mehr hören können, ist verständlich. Das sie dennoch von dem, was sie erlebten, fasziniert sind, ist ebenso verständlich. In diesem Buch sind zunächst einmal viele, viele Zitate gesammelt. All die Apollo - Astronauten kommen zu Wort. Jeder mit seinem ganz eigenen Charakter. Die ersten Bilder zeigen die Jungs der Apollo-Missionen als Testpiloten in ihren Flugzeugen sitzen. Eindrücke über die Vorbereitungen der Missionen werden in Bildern präsentiert, die immer wieder auch von reichhaltigen Zitaten begleitet werden. Schließlich zeigt der Bildband die prächtigen und kargen Landschaften des Monds. Wer sich einmal in dieser Sternstunde der Menschheit, die einige Jahre lang anhielt, verlieren will, wird hier bestens bedient. Allein das Buch "Full Moon" soll schöner sein. Ich bin mit diesem hier zunächst sehr zufrieden und kann es absolut empfehlen. Die niedrigen Preise zu denen es teils angeboten wird, sind weit unter dem Wert des Buchs!
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Let's start with what this book is not. It is not the complete story of the Apollo moon missions; there are lots of history and technology books for that. It is not the best picture book of the Apollo moon missions; there are some stunning large format books for that. It is not the detailed personal story of what it was like to go to the moon; there are many individual autobiographies for that. So what is this book? Well, it is maybe the best, closest to first-hand, most beautiful summary of what it was like to experience going to moon in the 1960's and `70's.

The production quality is outstanding. The pictures are stunning, the layout inspired. And the extensive text is comprised entirely of extended quotations from the original moon voyagers taken from lots of long interviews with trusted moon mission expert Andrew Chaikin. This is not a quick cut and paste job. This is original quality, a true contribution to our fledging space history captured with care and understanding before it's too late. It's the reflections of the men that really walked and lived on the moon, the only men that can tell the story, organized and illustrated. The feeling I have is of sitting around a comfortable living room with all the legendary moon astronauts as they share memories and reflections, while they hand around the best pictures you've never seen. But the book is better than that! Chaikin draws out the best from the astronauts, and then distils his over 150 hours of conversation down to just the best parts.

So in summary, there are lots of good books about the Apollo moon missions, but this is one of the best you can have to get close to the real human experience of getting there, being there, and coming home. Hope this review helps you.
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Of all the books written about the Apollo program, this book is the personal stories of what it was like to train and fly these missions. My colleague Andy Chaikin has extracted from his vast archive of interviews, conducted for his earlier Apollo book "A Man on the Moon" some of the most powerful and evocative quotations and observations from the lunar crews that flew to the moon from 1968 to 1972. If you buy and read this book, you will see a side to these iconic astronauts rarely shown to the public: sensitive, thoughtful, contemplative and focused. Above all, they show a sense of wonder at their experience and describe views of the universe that most of us will never see. I read the book once and re-read it to savor these reflections. I know personally some of these astronauts, but have never heard them speak this way before.
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When the story of our time is written, the missions of the Apollo program will be among our most significant legacies to the history and evolution of the human race. Read this important work-and buy a copy for any young student you know that is considering a career in science, math, engineering-or history.
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It is hard to believe that forty years have passed since Neil Armstrong uttered one of history's most famous lines. But largely unread are the words of a few others that walked on or orbited our closest celestial neighbor, the Moon.

The starkness of the lunar landscape with a black sky and briliiant sun rays inspired these men to say words that are enshrined in Andrew Chaikin's latest masterpiece. He is the definitive journalist who has spent hundreds of hours interviewing and compiling the peotic and inspiring words of the first lunar voyagers.

The stunning, breathtaking pictures using the latest printing technology are a magnificent visual experience compared to the grainy, soft color photos from Life magazines of the sixties and seventies. Many images are published here for the first time. The American flags and the marble blue Earth are printed in mesmerizing bold colors. A five star presentation indeed. Priced at a great point for the quality it delivers.

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The author of 'A Man on the Moon' has been able to get the men who have a marvelous story to tell,to express their stories like few have been able to accomplish,including their own admitted difficulty in telling the rest of us 'what it was like'.This book demonstrates quite well how one can get a person to open up their recollections with the right questions asked.History is served well when the story is told by those who made the history.I hope Chaikin has at least one more of these in depth stories to publish..they are indeed special!
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Andrew Chaikin is one of the greatest living Apollo historians: I still hold his brilliant "A Man on the Moon" up as the single best comprehensive introduction to Apollo when recommending books on the program. In "Voices From the Moon", Chaikin and Victoria Kohl have painstakingly gone through thousands of still photos (virtually all of them are NASA official photos), and hours of motion picture imagery looking for the ideal set of photos to capture the essence of the Apollo lunar voyages from numerous vantage points.

Along with the photographic challenge, Chaikin also interviewed 23 of the 24 lunar Apollo astronauts (sadly Jack Swigert died before he had the opportunity; Conrad, Shepard, Roosa, Irwin, and Evans have now passed away as well) to better understand their experiences during the program. Unlike many of these types of interviews, these interviews and the quotations from them focus on perceptions and emotions more than the technical challenges of the flights. That's what made this an invaluable book in my library: not only are the images stunning, but the quotes from the people who lived the experience are thoughtful and perfectly selected to match the photos.

This is not a history of lunar exploration in any conventional sense, but it is an amazing and beautiful book full of insights and perceptions from 23 very diverse personalities. I highly recommend this book.
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