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Liftoff: The Story of America's Adventure in Space {FIRST EDITION}

Collins, Michael

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ISBN 10: 0802110118 / ISBN 13: 9780802110114
Published by Grove Press, Inc, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1988
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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"LIFTOFF tells for the first time the complete and spellbinding story of America's odessey in space-from early faltering steps in 1960 to the crisis that befell NASA in 1986-in a fascinating accout that could only have been written by an intimately involved participant. It is a story in which the human and technical interweave to create a portrait of NASA, its astronauts and space ventures, its designers and engineers of the machines that soared into the unknown.In LIFTOFF, he {Michael Collins} tells the whole epic story- the incredible triumphs of an adventure more daring than any of mankind's great explorations. For Collins, this is just the beginning. 'Exploring space isn't an option, it's an imperative,' he says, for human history has always pushed back the frontiers, across the seas and mountains to the mood and beyond-with Mars, perhaps, the next destination." This book has 288 pages and is illustrated throughout. The book is a SIGNED PRESENTATION copy from the author, Michael Collins. Overall, a FINE copy with FINE dustjacket of a VERY SCARCE SIGNED copy of this title. Bookseller Inventory # 052325

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Title: Liftoff: The Story of America's Adventure in...

Publisher: Grove Press, Inc, New York, New York, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1988

Binding: Hard Cover

Illustrator: James Dean {Illustrated By}

Book Condition:Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition {First Printing}

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The former astronaut traces America's ascent into space and the history of NASA, from the first faltering steps in 1960, to humankind's first small step on the moon's surface, to the 1986 Challenger tragedy

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In 1974, Collins wrote Carrying the Fire , a superb memoir of his experiences in the Gemini and Apollo programs. In this book, Collins begins with the origins of America's space program, Mercury , proceeds through Gemini / Apollo , and assesses post- Apollo programs through the Space Shuttle and plans for the space station. Collins is a master of lucid, colorful, and fascinating prose. As a veteran astronaut, including the Apollo 11 lunar mission, he also writes with unmatched insight. His coverage of the Gemini/Apollo era is different, and his interviews of other astronauts provide valuable understanding of the space program. Collins's analysis of the fatal shuttle accident and NASA's recovery efforts are particularly notable. An outstanding book. BOMC selection. Roger E. Bilstein, Univ. of Houston - Clear Lake
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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