This is an unusually fascinating piece of work, not an interview with a foreigner, but a survey of the cultural moments (and what they mean) that brought humans to the moon. “How was the feeling of walking on the moon?” “What does it mean to be someone who believes in the same madness as putting humans on other rocks, not on Earth?” Did you? ”Funny and thoughtful.
This is a book with better writer’s new journalism than the subject. It probably exaggerates the case, but it’s still very true that we learned a lot about Andrew Smith while reading this book. Regardless of the style choice, I still liked it. I wish I could meet Edgar Mitchell.
Moondust: In Searching the Men Who Fell to Earth documents the experiences of the remaining nine astronauts in one month in a unique account by reporter Andrew Smith. As he put it:
“Of the more than 400 people currently going into space, only 27 left Earth orbit and saw her from an all-American and all-deep cosmic perspective during the 1968-1972 Christmas period.”
Andrew Smith, 2005 realized that this account had only a little left to write from their point of view. In fact, only 12 astronauts have landed on the moon. The majority of Apollo astronauts are simply circling it. Of those 12, three died and the rest were aging. The youngest was 69 in Charlie Duke on Apollo 16. He reports:
Andrew Smith told the story of his experiences of the month program and made it part of an autobiography, biography, and social, political, and cultural description of it. This projects us straight ahead, not only because of the experiences we all share as we remember those days, but also because we have what NASA and the media hoped we would like to experience. Most of the astronauts reported one common experience. It recognized how insignificant humans are.
Neil Armstrong realized that he could wipe the Earth with his thumb, remembering standing on the moon. Surely it must make him feel really big. But he answered ‘no’ and said, “That made me feel really, really small.”
This emotional response was repeated many times and all nine astronauts were deeply affected by experiencing this unique Earth perspective, with one admitting to weeping on the moon. Another example:
“Looking back on the astronaut’s journey, we are first looking at the Houston shopping mall. There, Alan Bean sat for hours after returning from space, eating ice cream and watching the people swirl. He was engrossed in the simple yet mysterious fact that they were there at that moment. So did he. “
This book is always interesting in that it reports the early experiences of astronauts in detail and into their later years. It is surprising to see how much difference individual astronauts are reacting to and acting now. After John Young of Apollo 16 The first space shuttle was blown up. In his interview, he obviously turned all the remarks to Andrew Smith’s back wall! Neil Armstrong, famous for his modesty in an interview, offered to send some e-mails and details of the technical parameters of his mission. Nothing else came.
Buzz Aldrin’s alcoholism became infamous. A fellow astronaut explains:
“He is resentful for not being the first person on the moon with the ideal of being the second. This can’t possibly explain why Neil Armstrong doesn’t have a photo of the moon. He claims he’s “too busy” and takes one of the commanders. refused to take
Apollo 16’s Charlie Duke became alcoholic until his wife Dotty and his child found God, or, as Andrew Smith said, “Ultimately, the Lord Sonny and Cher were. “
Other astronauts have also experienced compliance. When returning to his Apollo 14 capsule, Ed Mitchell said, “I was able to get a glimpse of the intellect of the universe and felt connected to it.” As a result, he founded the “Institute of Noetic Sciences”. Internet search actually finds something very strange. He gave up flying to become an arubin writer for Apollo 12. But he also seems to be engrossed in his experience, only drawing transformations on one scene of the moon.
Apollo 17’s Jack Schmidt was a Republican Senator. However, his tenure lasted only one term.
Surely you must be wearing what it feels like to walk on the moon? How can everyone answer such a question? Andrew Smith Apollo 12’s late Pete Conrad gave the same bubbly answer every time, but he said, “Super! It was so much fun!”
But the other side of the spectrum is revealing all the saddest events. David Scott of Apollo 15 was disgraced by smuggling stamped emails on the moon. His reputation was ruined The Daily Mail reported that he was blowing with newsreader Anna Ford five years before the book was published to block his fate. All this is very inspected by the modern eye and looks painful in the chest. Especially because the plan to sell his letter wasn’t really illegal, even if it wasn’t strictly publicly implemented. But it was to collect cash to send the kids to a college where he could never manage with the astronaut’s salary. Sounds amazing, the Apollo astronauts got the same rate as when they were in the army! They earned $ 8 a day on Apollo missions, minus free bed deductions. Buzz Aldrin still had a picture frame receipt on his wall.
“Billed to Cape Kennedy on the Pacific Moon in Houston: $ 33.31”
The situation surrounding early travel also creates an incredible reading. This man seemed to have little in common, except for the fact that he was the eldest son of all or the only son. Interestingly, less importantly, most people chose country and western tape to play on their Apollo trip, and of course walked all the moon. However, later on a jeep, NASA, which was used to create a superhero and honor the United States, made a huge amount of money. They were then abandoned and left to fight the physical, emotional, and perhaps psychological consequences of their reputation. None of them were equipped with the proper equipment to respond to his “crash to Earth”. What could I have done in my lifetime if I went to the moon?
But this is a very unique and fascinating group of electricity. Articles written by reporters are competent, compassionate and show all the humor. Andrew Smith describes the Apollo program as follows: Even if you don’t know
“the most phenomenal theater ever made,”
stumbles on how it has given us so much insight into how we see ourselves. These Apollo moon missions are said to be “the last optimistic act of the 20th century.” And the big achievements of the lunar lander have made us think for a while that anything is possible.
“Is Apollo worth all the effort and money? If it was the moon, the answer was “no” but not. It was about the earth. The answer is yes. All this thing I can’t see is the only reason I’m back. I haven’t found a way to take everything. “