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Angle of Attack: Harrison Storms and the Race to the Moon

Gray, Mike

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ISBN 10: 039301892X / ISBN 13: 9780393018929
Published by W W Norton & Co Inc
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Title: Angle of Attack: Harrison Storms and the ...

Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fair

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"Apollo" was the most ambitious engineering project ever undertaken by man: to take a rocket 50 storeys high, load it with the explosive power of a nuclear device, put men on top of it, and shoot it at the moon. Harrison Storms, head of North American Aviation's Space Division, is the man charged by the federal government with getting the astronauts to the moon and back. Just to find metals pure enough means creating a whole new technology, and new machine tools must be invented to build parts of the rocket and spacecraft. Storms commands a technical empire of 30,000 people, some of the greatest minds in industrial America, not to mention Werner von Braun and the German rocket scientists from Peenemunde. Chasing the triple nines (tolerances of .999), they give their careers, sometimes their lives, to this colossal machine.

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Imagine a version of The Right Stuff whose protagonists are engineers rather than cocky test pilots-turned-astronauts. Author Mike Gray gives a gripping account of the men who led the North American Aviation Company through one of the largest and most daunting engineering projects in history, the development of the S-2 rocket engine, and the Apollo spacecraft. Filled both with detailed technical background and explorations of the psyches who drove--and were sometimes crushed by--the race to the moon, Angle of Attack offers a captivating look at the monumental accomplishments of a bygone era.

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