Book: #Houston69 - Apollo 11 - When Men Walked on the Moon (Hashtag Histories) by Philip Gibsoncategories: Book, History, Space Travel, Adventure, Neil Armstrong, Moon, 1969, Lunar Mission, Apollo 11
Philip Gibsonabout this book: The unique social media format of this book allows us to experience all the drama and achievements as if we were following them live. The narrative is based on actual astronaut accounts, NASA transcripts of the continual communications with the astronauts, broadcasts of the all main TV networks covering the mission and the thoughts of laypeople observers. It also includes details that were not publicly available at the time, such as the secret speech to be delivered to the nation by President Nixon should the astronauts fail to return from the Moon.
This is not a book, therefore, written in the usual book format. It is the story of man's first exploration of Earth's nearest neighbor, the Moon, told as if in real time in the form of imaginary social media posts by the main participants and observers. By using the fictional (at the time) vehicle of social media, the book is able to give an accurate account of the historic mission, revealing what the people involved in, and those witnessing, the momentous events were thinking, doing and saying at each stage of the mission.
The account covers the entire mission, from the tense build up and countdown to the launch, to the heart-stopping descent to the lunar surface, the first moonwalk, the experiments on the surface, the journey back to Earth, re-entry, recovery and the triumphal reception back in New York.
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