For the 50th anniversary, the epic story of Apollo 11 and the astronauts, flight controllers, and engineers who made it happen, by the author of the bestselling A Terrible Glory and The Blood of Heroes. On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the Moon, a moment forever ingrained in history. Perhaps the world's greatest technological achievement-and a triumph of American spirit and ingenuity-the Apollo 11 mission, and the entire Apollo program, was a mammoth undertaking involving more than 410,000 men and women dedicated to putting a man on the Moon and winning the Space Race against the Soviets. Seen through the eyes of the those who lived it, Shoot for the Moon reveals the dangers, the challenges, and the sheer determination that defined not only Apollo 11, but also the Mercury and Gemini missions that made it possible. Both sweeping and intimate, and based on exhaustive research and dozens of fresh interviews, bestselling author James Donovan's Shoot for the Moon is the definitive and thrilling account of one of humankind's most extraordinary feats of exploration.
Part I: Up : One: Cossacks in Space -- Two: Of Monkeys and Men -- Three: "The Howling Infinite" -- Four: Man on a Missile -- Part II: Around : Five: In Orbit -- Six: Under Pressure -- Seven: The Gusmobile -- Eight: The Walk, and a Sky Gone Berserk -- Part III: Out : Nine: Inferno -- Ten: Recovery -- Eleven: Phoenix and Earthrise -- Twelve: "Amiable Strangers" -- Thirteen: A Practice Run and a Dress Rehearsal -- Part IV: Down : Fourteen: "You're Go" -- Fifteen: The Translunar Express -- Sixteen: Descent to Luna -- Seventeen: Moondust.