Jim Lovell: Lost Moon The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13



Ologically can be somewhat old hat these days in this case it would have kept my attention for the entirety of the story As well the book was filled with dates and technical details and procedures so it was difficult to separate out and remember all that was going on with Apollo 13 when I came back to chapters regarding their missionsOverall I had a blast reading this book If you are interested in the history of space travel and don t mind a few technical details read this book Well if you liked this book you should read Rocket Men and probably The Right Stuff and Hidden Figures The story of Apollo 13 is the story of how smart people face failure with their best work It s right up for my preference for good government and history of science and technology books The American mission to the moon is full of those kinds of stories Kudos to Jim Lovell who made the story not ust about himself Surely he and his wife are central characters But most of the book is about the folks on the ground at NASA in Houston and at Grumman on Long Island who faced a series of ticking time bomb challenges to salvage enough water propellant oxygen and heat from a broken rocket to keep three men alive all the way to the moon and back Hell even Richard Nixon gets to act heroically This book upon which the film Apollo 13 is based provides a lot details and background information about the accident I m guessing that science ournalist Jeffrey Kluger had a major role in shaping the narrative which was expertly told and whose chapters alternated between flashbacks and current dramas The book highlights things missed in the movie the vast amount of flight experience Lovell already had having flown twice around the moon the personal connection Lovell had with ill fated Apollo 1 tragedy the social protocol NASA astronauts had including that of Lovell s wife who had to keep one wife busy while NASA prepared to deliver the news of her husband s death the nitty gritty detail of the necessary burn operations they had to take how the venting of oxygen surrounded the ship during most of the return home and interfered with visibility The book certainly captures the exciting and heroic efforts of the astronauts and crew strangely the whole story is told in first person which papers over the fact that inside the spaceship at least the perspective is entirely Lovell s Recommended I read this book some time ago but it was such a good read I thought I d review it ust in time for the holidaysI think it would make a good gift for nonfiction buffs I don t know if its age makes it hard to find but it almost guarantees that it may not be familiar to a lot of readersThis book is a telling of the Apollo 13 saga as seen by the commander of the mission Jim Lovell If you saw the movie Apollo 13 you will recognize a lot of details right down to exact uotes It also helps explain things that may not have made sense to viewers ie why it was such a compliment to tell an engineer he s a steely eyed missile man Even though we know the happy ending the book is a fascinating read and an inside view of a critical event in America s space program You don t have to be a science space or history nut to be drawn into the story This dialog taken from the official Apollo 13 technical Air to Ground Voice Transcription and reproduced here without permission between the Mission Control Center and the men aboard Apollo 13 is basically the reason why this book has been writtenThe story of NASA s successful failure is a very engaging read even if you already know the Hollywood movie There s a lot information given in this book the techno babble is explained and intelligible to all and the movie s inaccuracies are ironed out Some flashbacks to Lowell s life prior to Apollo 13 ease things upWhat impressed me most about the Apollo 13 mission is how calmly and seemingly unexcited the astronauts and people in mission control dealt with the situation which is considered the most dramatic episode in manned space travel If you have some time on your hand you can listen to 50 hours worth of audio recordings I used this as a soundtrack while reading although it didn t take me 50 hoursI recommend this book to anyone even slightly interested in the exploration of spaceAs I hurtled through space one thought kept crossing my mind every part of this rocket was supplied by the lowest bidder John Glenn This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike 30 Unported Licens. N Jim Lovell and coauthor Jeffrey Kluger add a new preface and never before seen photographs to Apollo 13 In their preface they offer an incisive look at America's waxing and waning love affair with space exploration during the past three decades culminating only recently when the Apollo 13 spacecraft itself long consigned to an aviation museum outside Paris was at last returned to its rightful home in the United States As inspiring today as it was thirty years ago the story of Apollo 13 is a timeless tribute to the enduring American spirit and sparkling individual heroi.

Some might think that this story is over told or over dramatized If you are one of these people then you need to read this retelling of the story Co authored by Jim Lovell commander of Apollo 13 the book gives authenticity weight and Salvation: A Novel (Salvation Sequence) just a down right first hand feel to the tale After the prime of the moon landing days which NASA was emerging from Apollo 13 seemed to be a routine mission into outer space as if there could be such a thing However a mechanical failure and explosion caused this routine mission to become National headlines and a test of what the people of NASA were made of astronauts engineers and commanders alike Just the sheer man power bravery determination and leadership that it look to bring Jim Lovell Jack Swigert and Fred Haise home from a mission that and looked like it was going to end badly is cause for amazement We can learn from this story and these men s lives and how they handled themselves when faced with disaster It was fascinating to read about all that went into getting the Apollo 13 crew back to earth after the explosion of oxygen tank no 2 told in third person from multiple points of view This book is very stressful But in a good way Even though we all know the story of Apollo 13 and we all know how it ends the pacing in the book is so good that the harrowing moments are well harrowing There s a fair amount of technicalargon but it s defined in a way that if you care enough to understand it you ll understand it The use of third person POV is effective giving the reader a needed glimpse into the thoughts and actions of people other than the main character I recently read Michael Collins s Carrying the Fire so I automatically compared the two books even though that s probably unfair I d consider Collins a poetic and thoughtful writer and I probably like his book better But Lovell definitely has the exciting story on his side Both are great books that should be read in order to re ignite the wonder of space that we ve grown too used to Just don t be thrown by the NASA speak On April 11 1970 Apollo 13 launched from Kennedy Space Center en route to the moon temporary home to commander Jim Lovell command module pilot Jack Swigert and lunar module pilot Fred Haise On April 13 minutes after finishing a broadcast touring the Lunar Module LM oxygen tank 2 of 2 exploded throwing the mission and mission control and the world into chaos 1 Written as a A River of Royal Blood (A River of Royal Blood, joint effort between Lovell commander of Apollo 13 and Jeffrey Kluger Apollo 13 is a technically dense narrative of the mission It contains a high level of detail but also does its best to balance Lovell s account of the mission with those of ground control and Marilyn Lovell it also loops back to touch on the Apollo 1 tragedy as well as Lovell s first lap of the moon on Apollo 8 I personally liked the tone and the amount of information about the systems and people involved in triaging the situation when shit started to get real I felt like I understood enough to track the severity of the situation without being overwhelmed and without feeling like I was being spoon fed the science 2 That said holy goddamned shit The sheer number of issues and problems and hurdles Lovell Swigert and Haise had to deal with 200000 goddamned miles away in the vacuum of space isust phenomenal Not only did oxygen tank 2 explode it took oxygen tank 1 with it as well as 2 of 3 fuel cells that generated power for the Command Module once ground control figured out what was happening the astronauts had to completely shut down their command module and take up residency in the lunar module a ship meant to hold 2 dudes for 2 days to go to the moon Not y know support 3 dudes for a return trip to Earth But needs must Then they had to figure out how to adjust their trajectory to slingshot themselves back to Earth on a ship not calibrated to fly with the lunar module as the primary engine with the inert command module still attached And then there s carbon dioxide to deal with And lack of heat And lack of power And lack of water And exploding batteries And general drift And attempting to calibrate their position against stars they can t see because of the MULTITUDE OF DEBRIS FROM THE EXPLOSION I mean god damn That s SO MANY THINGS And NASA and the Apollo 13 crew ustdealt with them One at a time Need to scrub Carbon dioxide Okay take this part and a plastic bag and the hose for your suit s oxygen and some duct tape and the lunar landing instructions you aren t going to use an. In April 1970 during the glory days of the Apollo space program NASA sent Navy Captain Jim Lovell and two other astronauts on America's fifth mission to the moon Only fifty five hours into the flight of Apollo 13 disaster struck a mysterious explosion rocked the ship and soon its oxygen and power began draining away Written with all the color and drama of the best fiction APOLLO 13 previously published as Lost Moon tells the full story of the moon shot that almost ended in catastrophe Minutes after the explosion the three astronauts are forced to abandon the main ship fo.

D MACGYVER YOURSELF A SCRUBBER SO YOU CAN CONTINUE TO BREATHE Can t align your navigation Okay we ll ust have you calibrate the damn thing against the FUCKING SUN EVEN THOUGH IT S PROBABLY A LITTLE CLOSE FOR COMFORT PRECISION WISE Need to power on your command module with minimal power Okay we ll Souvenirs de dbauches just write a new procedure for what s usually a 24 hour process ON THE FLY AND THEN READ IT TO YOU HOURS BEFORE SPLASHDOWN It s the epitome of divide and conuer and working towards something bigger than the individual pieces There s a bit about John Aaron straight up negotiating with all these various system owners about turning them on or not turning them on in preparation for Apollo 13 s return to Earth that puts the entire thing in perspective there was no room for ego because ego would kill those men in space And it sust very harrowing and inspiring and strange 3 I m sure there are biases I m not even aware of due to Lovell s personal feelings for NASA and the space program and his colleagues but it doesn t feel as vitally important as the fact that this program however flawed or problematic banded together to bring these men home in the face of ridiculous impossible odds 4 I MEAN THEIR GODDAMNED SHIP EXPLODED IN SPACE AND THEY SURVIVED THEY SURVIVED GUIDO EECOM Flight CAPCOM FIDO TELMU LEM CONTROL Simsups RETRO Roger Copythat GoI love NASA speak don t you It all takes me back to the days when I was glued to the television set watching as much as I could of the space flights in the 60 s and 70 sThis book tells the story of one of the scariest of all Mes recettes veggie au robot-cuiseur - 150 ides faciles et rapides ! journeys Apollo 13 And Houston they sure had problems The unraveling of the mission is a fascinating story as are the details of the way it was patched back together in order to get the crew back to EarthWe get to travel not only to the moon with the crew they got there in an orbit theyust were not able to get to the surfac Houston we ve had a problemOn April 11 1970 Jim Lovell Fred Haise and Jack Swigart blasted off from Earth on a Jesus and the Jewish Roots of Mary journey to the moon Three days later there was an explosion that ended the mission and almost ended their lives For four days they barely slept and did their best to limp home on limited power and oxygen This story describes in detail the actions of the crew and Mission Control to save Apollo 13 from an uncertain fateI liked the various perspectives presented from the Apollo 13 crew to Mission Control to the Lovell household It was interesting to see how everyone involved reacted to the situation and especially how the team in Houston handled the various problems with the compromised mission Reading the story from a 2012 perspective I felt somewhat removed from the issues The idea that that one problem could cause an almost complete meltdown of the spacecraft seems foreign Today it seems as if there are redundancies for any complex piece of machinery and any issues have long been worked out But you have to remember that space program was still fairly young in 1970 Man had only landed on the moon one year prior this missionAs well the authors did a goodob of creating empathy towards the characters Despite knowing the ultimate outcome of this mission due to its historical nature I worried about the Apollo 13 crew I wanted them to be safe I especially appreciated the attention to detail within Mission control and the spacecraft The reader experiences the flight Sherman Tank Manual just as the crew did and I found the tecnobabble tired me out Far from being annoyed at this it let me identify with crew and the tireless Mission Control employees who even slept at work during the crises It wasarring to have Lovell as a co author and yet the book wasn t in first person from his perspective I do understand that it wouldn t have made sense to write the story that way due to the various perspectives presented It did make the book seem colder and less personable creating distance between the reader and the storyOne thing I didn t like was the chronological Let Me Feed You jumping around in Lovell s and NASA s timeline I got used to it thoughumping from before Lovell was in the space program to his other space missions to Apollo 13 The problem was everytime we cut away from what was happening on Apollo 13 to a different time it undercut the tension If the reader is in the midst of worrying about this three man crew and then they re given a chance to relax by switching to an earlier point in history it diminishes the excitement the story creates While I believe that a book told chron. R the lunar module a tiny craft designed to keep two men alive for ust two days As the hours tick away the narrative shifts from the crippled spacecraft to Mission Control from engineers searching desperately for a way to fix the ship to Lovell's wife and children praying for his safe return The entire nation watches as one crisis after another is met and overcome By the time the ship splashes down in the Pacific we understand why the heroic effort to rescue Lovell and his crew is considered by many to be NASA's finest hourNow thirty years after the launch of the missio.

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James Jim Arthur Lovell Jr born March 25 1928 is a former NASA astronaut and a retired captain in the United States Navy most famous as the commander of the Apollo 13 mission which suffered a critical failure en route to the Moon but was brought back safely to Earth by the efforts of the crew and mission control Lovell was also the command module pilot of Apollo 8 the first Apollo miss