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BRANDON R. BROWN at Books Inc. Mountain View

Brandon R. Brown author photo and The Apollo Chronicles cover image

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moonwalk with Brandon R. Brown,  Professor of Physics at the University of San Francisco, and his fascinating work The Apollo Chronicles: Engineering America's First Moon Missions.

The moon landing of 1969 stands as an iconic moment for both the United States and humankind. The familiar story focuses on the journey of the brave astronauts, who brought home Moon rocks and startling photographs. But Apollo's full account includes the earthbound engineers, mounds of their crumpled paper, and smoldering metal shards of exploded engines. How exactly did the nation, step by difficult step, take men to the Moon and back?

In The Apollo Chronicles, fifty years after the moon landing, author Brandon R. Brown, himself the son of an Apollo engineer, revisits the men and women who toiled behind the lights. He relays the defining twentieth-century project from its roots, bringing the engineers' work and personalities to bright life on the page. Set against the backdrop of a turbulent American decade, the narrative whisks audiences through tense deadlines and technical miracles, from President John F. Kennedy's 1961 challenge to NASA's 1969 lunar triumph, as engineers confronted wave after wave of previously unthinkable challenges.

Brown immerses readers in key physical hurdles--from building the world's most powerful rockets to keeping humans alive in the hostile void of space--using language free of acronyms and technical jargon. The book also pulls back from the detailed tasks and asks larger questions. What did we learn about the Moon? And what can this uniquely innovative project teach us today? 

Event date: 
Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Books Inc.
317 Castro Street
Mountain View, CA
Books: 
The Apollo Chronicles: Engineering America's First Moon Missions Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780190681340
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - June 7th, 2019

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