With July 20th marking the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing, I decided to listen to an Audible Original production titled, The Man Who Knew The Way To The Moon by Todd Zwillich.
Listening time for The Man Who Knew The Way To The Moon by Todd Zwillich is 3 hours, 32 minutes.
I was able to download The Man Who Knew The Way To The Moon by Todd Zwillich to my Kindle for FREE from Audible.
Below is my honest, unbiased review of The Man Who Knew The Way To The Moon by Todd Zwillich.
I enjoyed learning about the behind the scenes information about how we, as a nation, were able to make it to the moon in July 1969.
I knew nothing about the story of John C. Houbolt, a mid-level engineer at NASA, who advocated the use of the Lunar Orbit Rendezvous to get to the moon until I listened to The Man Who Knew The Way To The Moon. Nor did I know much about the politics and so on that came to building Apollo 11.
The Man Who Knew The Way To The Moon by Todd Zwillich makes for a fascinating listen for readers that want to learn more about Apollo 11.
Below is the publisher's summary of The Man Who Knew The Way To The Moon by Todd Zwillich from Audible:
The story of John C. Houbolt, an unsung hero of Apollo 11 and the man who showed NASA how to put America on the moon.
Without John C. Houbolt, a mid-level engineer at NASA, Apollo 11 would never have made it to the moon.Below is video footage of author, Todd Zwillich talking about his book, The Man Who Knew The Way To The Moon.
Top NASA engineers on the project, including Werner Von Braun, strongly advocated for a single, huge spacecraft to travel to the moon, land, and return to Earth. It's the scenario used in 1950s cartoons and horror movies about traveling to outer space.
Houbolt had another idea: Lunar Orbit Rendezvous. LOR would link two spacecraft in orbit while the crafts were travelling at 3,600 miles an hour around the moon. His plan was ridiculed and considered unthinkable. But this junior engineer was irrepressible. He stood by his concept, fired off memos to executives, and argued that LOR was the only way to success.
For the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11, hear the untold story of the man who helped fulfill Kennedy’s challenge to reach the moon and begin exploring the final frontier.
I am giving The Man Who Knew The Way To The Moon by Todd Zwillich a rating of 3 stars out of 5 stars.
Until my next post, happy reading!!
I have a couple books about this event and what went with it. I hope to get to them soon.ReplyDelete
I look forward to seeing which books you'll be reading with regards to the Apollo Lunar Landing.Delete