Failure Is Not an Option: Mission Control from Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond
by Kranz, Gene
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Gene Kranz was present at the creation of America's manned space program and was a key player in it for three decades. In Failure Is Not an Option, he recounts thrilling historic events and offers new information about the famous flights.
What appeared as nearly flawless missions to the Moon were, in fact, a series of hair-raising near misses. When the space technology failed, as it sometimes did, the controllers' only recourse was to rely on their skills and those of their teammates. Kranz takes us inside Mission Control and introduces us to some of the whiz kids - still in their twenties, only a few years out of college - who had to figure it all out as they went along. He reveals behind-the-scenes details to demonstrate the leadership, discipline, trust, and teamwork that made the space program a success. Finally, Kranz reflects on what has happened to the space program and offers his own bold suggestions about what we ought to be doing in space now.