The First Men on the Moon

The Story of Apollo 11

  • David M. Harland

Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Pages 1-12
  3. Pages 13-28
  4. Pages 29-104
  5. Pages 105-143
  6. Pages 145-175
  7. Pages 177-207
  8. Pages 209-249
  9. Pages 251-293
  10. Pages 295-348
  11. Pages 349-360
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 361-378

About this book


On 12 April 1961 Yuri Gagarin became the first man to orbit the Earth. One month later, President John F. Kennedy challenged the American nation to land a man on the Moon before the decade was out.

On 16 July 1969, Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin set off in Apollo 11 to attempt this audacious mission, and succeeded magnificently. This book tells the story of Apollo 11, starting with crew selection and training, the choice of the landing site, and the assembly of the space vehicle, then a detailed account of the mission, featuring the lunar landing and moonwalk, and a review of how our knowledge of the Moon's history was revolutionised as a result. The story is enlivened by dialogue between the astronauts in space and the flight controllers in Mission Control.


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Authors and affiliations

  • David M. Harland
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  1. 1.Kelvinbridge, GlasgowUK

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