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Moonshot
Author: Dan Parry

Publisher: Ebury Press

ISBN: 978-009192837-7

Price: ?11.99 (Pb), 312pp


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If you already have a good knowledge of the Apollo 11 mission, then it's probably not essential that you read Moonshot. For everyone else there is plenty to enjoy in Dan Parry's book. Despite being written to coincide with a drama made for ITV and the History Channel in the US, the book stands up on its own as a factual piece. The focus is on the
experiences of Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, as well as the team of engineers and flight directors around them, as they prepared for that 'giant leap'.

The narrative begins with Armstrong and Aldrin piloting the Eagle on that perilous journey down to the lunar surface,
leaving us at a cliff-hanger (though of course we know the outcome) before going back to the beginning of the Apollo
story, with flashbacks into the lives of the astronauts highlighting how they became the men in the right place at the right time to be chosen to walk on the Moon.

Moonshot doesn't dwell on the missions that followed Apollo 11, its legacy or really on the lives of the astronauts after they had returned to Earth bar a short epilogue, so don't expect too much insight into their personal lives (although this reader
finds the actual mission as told here far more fascinating than reminiscing on the astronauts' personal lives anyway). But what all of these fortieth anniversary celebrations are reminding us is how courageous, fearless, skilled and smart these men were - they truly were the right stuff.

Keith Cooper

2009 Yearbook
This 132-page special edition features the ultimate observing guide for 2009, a review of all the biggest news stories of 2008, in depth articles covering all aspects of astronomy and space missions for 2009, previews of International Year of Astronomy events and much, much more.
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Infinity Rising
This special publication features the photography of British astro-imager Nik Szymanek and covers a range of photographic methods from basic to advanced. Beautiful pictures of the night sky can be obtained with a simple camera and tripod before tackling more difficult projects, such as guided astrophotography through the telescope and CCD imaging.
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Exploring Mars
Astronomy Now is pleased to announce the publication of Exploring Mars. The very best images of Mars taken by orbiting spacecraft and NASA's Spirit and Opportunity rovers fill up the 98 glossy pages of this special edition!
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Mars rover poster
This new poster features some of the best pictures from NASA's amazing Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity.
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