Dark side of the moon: the magnificent madness of the by Gerard Degroot

By Gerard Degroot

Whilst President Kennedy introduced that the us might land a guy at the moon through the top of the Nineteen Sixties, he pressured NASA to imagine a "faster, more cost-effective, greater" approach that maintains to bedevil it at the present time, says DeGroot (The Bomb: A History). the gap employer quick got here up opposed to the budgetary pressures of the Vietnam warfare and increasing family courses, yet as DeGroot writes, Lyndon Johnson insisted the U.S. could meet his predecessor's target, whilst NASA's funds was once minimize each year. DeGroot finds that engineers grew to become a blind eye on slipshod elements so as to meet very unlikely time cut-off dates. NASA's public family computing device portrayed its astronauts as healthy all-Americans while a lot of them behaved like rutting frat boys while off accountability. The declare has usually been made that buyers benefited from the distance software, however the writer issues out that Tang, Velcro and Teflon have been invented lengthy earlier than Sputnik used to be introduced. DeGroot writes with 20-20 hindsight, and his sarcasm may possibly get rid of a few readers, even though it makes for exciting interpreting. an individual drawn to a corrective view to the reliable hagiographies of the gap software will locate this acid-etched background difficult to place down.
__________Увлекательная книга о том, что побудило Америку начать лунную программу в 1960-х годах. Автор приводит множество неизвестных фактов и разоблачает различные заблуждения, связанные с этим величайшим предприятием в истории человечества.

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They had concentrated their industrial effort into more immediate, practical, and down-toEarth weapons. In view of the German experience, that was an intelligent decision. Korolev was commissioned a colonel in the Red Army and sent to Germany to pick over what was left of Wernher von Braun’s rocket industry. He collected some 150 personnel and took them back to Russia, where they remained until around 1953. ” In fact, that was unfair, since Korolev never allowed his Germans to be incorporated into the program to quite the same extent that they were in America.

14 Or, as Clarke prophesied: Even if we never reach the stars by our own efforts, in the millions of years that lie ahead it is almost certain that the stars will come to us. 40 WHAT ARE WE WAITING FOR? Isolationism is neither a practical policy on the national or the cosmic scale. 15 The complexity of the task was not seen as an obstacle but rather as an indicator of its importance. Progress, the message went, implied tackling difficult challenges before their time. The turning point in the marketing of the rocket age came in 1952 when Collier’s magazine ran an eight-part series on space travel.

Writing in the New Times, an English-language magazine published in Moscow, a Soviet spokesman condemned the “sect” within the United States which pursues “the ruthless, ghoulish doctrine of the Hitler marauders, which in the end proved so fatal to themselves. . The Nazi bombardment of London with V-2 weapons proved how futile such attempts are. . The argument . . that intercontinental weapons will be a ‘grand strategic weapon’ is, from the military point of view, a wild utopia. ”5 Behind the rhetoric of outrage, Korolev was building the most powerful rocket the world had ever seen.

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