Failure Is Not an Option: Mission Control From Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond

Failure Is Not an Option: Mission Control From Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond

Gene Kranz


This memoir of a veteran NASA flight director tells riveting tales from the early days of the Mercury application via Apollo eleven (the moon touchdown) and Apollo thirteen, for either one of which Kranz was once flight director.

Gene Kranz used to be current on the construction of America’s manned house application and used to be a key participant in it for 3 many years. As a flight director in NASA’s venture regulate, Kranz witnessed firsthand the making of heritage. He participated within the area application from the early days of the Mercury application to the final Apollo challenge, and past. He continued the disastrous first years whilst rockets blew up and the USA looked as if it would fall extra in the back of the Soviet Union within the area race. He helped to release Alan Shepard and John Glenn, then assumed the flight director’s position within the Gemini software, which he guided to fruition. together with his teammates, he approved the problem to hold out President John F. Kennedy’s dedication to land a guy at the Moon ahead of the tip of the Nineteen Sixties.

Kranz recounts those exciting old occasions and provides new information regarding the well-known flights. What seemed as approximately ideal missions to the Moon have been, in reality, a chain of hair-raising close to misses. whilst the distance expertise failed, because it occasionally did, the controllers’ basically recourse used to be to depend upon their abilities and people in their teammates. He unearths behind-the-scenes info to illustrate the management, self-discipline, belief, and teamwork that made the distance application successful.

A attention-grabbing firsthand account by means of a veteran project controller of 1 of America’s maximum achievements, Failure isn't an Option displays on what has occurred to the gap software and provides his personal daring feedback approximately what we needs to be doing in house now.

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