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A father and son go searching for the stars, but much more than gravity will hold them back <P><P> Born the year of the Moon landing, Chris Terence spends his life fighting to return humanity to that pinnacle. An engineering student with dreams of spaceflight, he finds upon graduation that the United States no longer has need for astronauts. Years of bureaucratic meddling have reduced the space program to a shell of itself, and it will take the greatest scientific find in history to send humanity skyward once more. After years battling budget hawks, Chris finally gets his chance to walk on the Moon. While there, he finds evidence of an ancient alien civilization, the Tiberians, who visited Earth's satellite eight thousand years before. Understanding what happened to those long-forgotten travelers will define the lives of Chris and his son, as they fight against all odds to unlock the secrets of the universe.
On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin became the second human to walk on the moon. Here, he offers a first-person account of the lunar landing that came within seconds of failure, and gives an insider's perspective on how being part of NASA's nonstop public relations 'world tour' led him into a downward spiral of depression and alcoholism. The book continues on an optimistic note through Aldrin's recovery, his second marriage, and his work opening the doors of space tourism for all. Color historical and personal photos are included. Co-author Ken Abraham is a New York Times bestselling author. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc. , Portland, OR (booknews. com)
"Colonising space is essential for the long term survival of the human race, and Buzz Aldrin's book shows us how." --Stephen Hawking Legendary "space statesman" Buzz Aldrin speaks out as a vital advocate for the continuing quest to push the boundaries of the universe as we know it. As a pioneering astronaut who first set foot on the moon during mankind's first landing of Apollo 11--and as an aerospace engineer who designed an orbital rendezvous technique critical to future planetary landings--Aldrin has a vision, and in this book he plots out the path he proposes, taking humans to Mars by 2035.Foreword by Andrew Aldrin Chapter 1: The View from Air Force One Chapter 2: Time for Decision-making Chapter 3: Your Space: Building the Business Case Chapter 4: Dreams of My Moon Chapter 5: Voyage to Armageddon Chapter 6: The March to Mars Chapter 7: Homesteading the Red Planet Chapter 8: The Clarion Call
Buzz Aldrin's courageous, inspiring account of fame and depression following Apollo 11 When Buzz Aldrin returned victorious from the Apollo 11 mission as one of the first men to have walked on the moon, he didn't realize that, in other ways, his odyssey had just begun. "There was a jolt as the small drogue chutes opened," Aldrin relates in the opening passages of Return to Earth, remembering his abrupt descent into the gravity of the blue planet. "We landed with all the grace of a freight elevator." And with that atmospheric splash, Aldrin and coauthor Wayne Warga take us on a journey through the human side of the space program as the astronaut learns to cope with the sudden pressures of being a lionized public persona. In honest, stripped-away prose, Aldrin reveals a side of instant fame for which neither West Point nor NASA could have ever prepared him. One minute a fighter pilot and engineer, the next a cultural icon burdened with the adoration of thousands, Aldrin gives a candid account of the depression that resulted from trying to be too many things to too many people, leading the astronaut to later remark, "I traveled to the moon, but the most significant voyage of my life began when I returned from where no man had been before." Speaking openly about the affair that threatened his marriage and the concerns that plagued him upon returning from the historic mission, Aldrin pens a compelling memoir that also serves as an excellent guide for those times in life when power and success conspire to corrupt even the best of us.
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