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“Lost Moon” retitled “Apollo 13” by Jim Lovell & Jeffrey Kluger is an Incredible Read

Apollo 13 Book Review Previously titled Lost Moon Jim Lovell

Around the time that the film adaptation of Lost Moon, called Apollo 13 came out, my parents who knew I was in love with all things NASA bought me the book by Jim Lovell and Jeffrey Kluger.

The book, in a concerted marketing effort with the movie was also retitled from Lost Moon to Apollo 13 and with a picture of not Lovell but Tom Hanks as Lovell on the front cover. And while I read the book, or read through it when I picked it up recently, I now had the knowledge of the other books I’ve been reading.

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Kranz’s Failure is Not an Option is a Great Look Back and a Kick in the Pants To Get Going Again

Failure is Not An Option by Gene Kranz Book Review

There is much more to Gene Kranz than Ed Harris’s portrayal of the Flight Director in the movie Apollo 13. As one of the early members of Flight Control, Kranz was there for Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo before moving up into more of a management role.

His book “Failure Is Not an Option: Mission Control from Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond” is not only a vivid first-hand account of history as it happened, but the perspective is unique to mission control…

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Small Oddities

Small Oddities: Wizards

The definition of Wizard has changed over the years, but many of us think of Gandalf, or the classic D&D Wizard, which is basically a younger Gandalf with no beard and a blue hat with stars on it. So I looked up “Wizard” on DeviantArt to see what would come up, and I wasn’t disappointed.

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