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Volume 3: Fly me to the Moon

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Volume 3: Fly me to the Moon

20.00

In 1961, the newly elected John F. Kennedy found himself under extreme political pressure both at home and abroad. Could an ambitious initiative in the space race buy him the time he so desperately needed? After consulting veteran rocket builder Wernher von Braun, the President committed the U.S. to one of the most audacious and technologically challenging political gambits of all time – to place a man on the Moon and return him safely by the end of the decade. At the time, NASA’s scientists had only vague ideas about how to do it, and were still struggling to send an astronaut into orbit. Meanwhile the Soviet Union maintained its lead in the space race by launching a multi-person crew and conducting the world’s first spacewalk. 

Format: 220 x 280 mm casebound with dust jacket and ribbon, 96 pages 

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In 1961, the newly elected John F. Kennedy found himself under extreme political pressure both at home and abroad. Could an ambitious initiative in the space race buy him the time he so desperately needed? After consulting veteran rocket builder Wernher von Braun, the President committed the U.S. to one of the most audacious and technologically challenging political gambits of all time – to place a man on the Moon and return him safely by the end of the decade. At the time, NASA’s scientists had only vague ideas about how to do it, and were still struggling to send an astronaut into orbit. Meanwhile the Soviet Union maintained its lead in the space race by launching a multi-person crew and conducting the world’s first spacewalk. 

Format: 220 x 280 mm casebound with dust jacket and ribbon, 96 pages