July 1969. It’s a little over eight years since the flights of Gagarin and Shepard, followed quickly by President Kennedy’s challenge to put a man on the moon before the decade is out. It is only seven months since NASA made a bold decision to send Apollo 8 all the way to the moon on the first manned flight of the massive Saturn V rocket. Now, on the morning of July 16, Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins sit atop another Saturn V at Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center. The three-stage 363-foot rocket will use its 7.5 million pounds of thrust to propel them into space and into history.
Michael A. O’Neill is a writer and actor who trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. For many years he wrote scripts
for historical documentaries, which he also produced and narrated; these have been shown worldwide on a variety of TV channels such as the
Discovery Channel and the History Channel.He has written many best selling books including a biography of Frank Sinatra.
Several anniversaries are near the day of publication - July 2019 marks
the 50th anniversary of the first man on the moon, October 2018 marks
60 years since NASA’s first day of operation, and December 2018
marks the 50th anniversary of Apollo 8’s launch
• Full of insights and accounts of the long journey to getting a man
on the moon, Pioneers of Spaceflight is the perfect companion for
anyone with a love of space travel, and the moon landings.
• With dozens of stunning photographs and images - follow the space
race and Yuri Gagarin’s first space flight, to the many successes and
failures of the Apollo mission, all the way to that boots- on-the-ground
moment we have come to know so well.
• Uniquely complemented by a Space Timeline and an explanation of
The Solar System - you can become fully immersed in this interactive
story of mankind’s ongoing journey into the final frontier..