RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 48495163 LA English T1 Apollo : the epic journey to the moon A1 Reynolds, David West., PB Harcourt PP New York YR 2002 SN 0151009643 9780151009640 AB The first single-volume illustrated retrospective of the dynamic individuals, stunning technology, and dramatic events that put us on the moon. For centuries men had dreamed of reaching Earth's pale companion in the night sky, but it was not until a novelist dramatized the possibilities of a new era that a way to reach upward became more than fantasy. Inspiration drove a generation of rocket theorists and experimenters to design new instruments and build in their minds the way to the stars. A world war seized the power of these new instruments and filled them with strength. In the aftermath two superpowers engaged in a duel over the world's imagination, and their arena became the realm beyond the clouds. Their weapons became the instruments of the visionaries. And their ultimate contest would drive both powers in an unprecedented race to set foot on the sky. The Apollo missions were undertaken as a political gamble, but it would embark mankind upon an odyssey of the spirit. David West Reynolds provides the reader with an engaging reconstruction of all the key events and personalities behind the Apollo saga.