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This is the untold story of the historic voyage to the moon – a national triumph that closed out one of the darkest years in modern American history.
In August 1968, NASA made a bold decision: in just sixteen weeks, the United States would launch humankind’s first flight to the moon. Only the year before, three astronauts had burned to death in their spacecraft, and the Apollo program had subsequently suffered one setback after another. Meanwhile, the Russians were winning the space race, the Cold War was getting hotter, and President Kennedy’s promise to put a man on the moon by the end of the decade seemed sure to be broken.
Apollo 8 was the groundbreaking mission that resulted in the iconic earthrise photo that is credited with jump-starting the climate change movement. It made all other moon missions possible, including the Apollo 11 moon landing. It climaxed most poignantly on Christmas Eve, when the astronauts pointed their camera out the small window of their spacecraft and beamed images of the lunar horizon crawling below and the Earth hanging in the distance to 3.5 billion people, forever changing the way we view our planet.
With the help of extensive interviews with all three astronauts, as well as oral histories, NASA documents, and the mission audio archive, Kluger re-creates the drama, suspense, and triumph of this historic event.
Jeffrey Kluger is the author of several books, including Apollo 13 (written with Jim Lovell and originally published as Lost Moon) and The Sibling Effect. As a science editor and senior writer for Time for more than two decades, he has written more than forty cover stories for the magazine. He lives in New York City.
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Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 7:00pm