Norman Mailer | MoonFire The Epic Journey of Apollo 11 | 50th Anniversary Edition

Norman Mailer | MoonFire The Epic Journey of Apollo 11 | 50th Anniversary Edition

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No one captured the men, the mood, and the machinery of the Moon landing like Norman Mailer. One of the greatest writers of the 20th century, he was hired by LIFE magazine in 1969 to cover the Moon shot. He enhanced his reportage in the brilliantly crafted book, Of a Fire on the Moon, which is excerpted here.

Equally adept at examining the science of space travel and the psychology of the people involved-from Saturn V rocket engineer Wernher von Braun to the crucial NASA support staff to the three astronauts-Mailer provides provocative and trenchant insights into this epoch-making event.

This 50-year anniversary edition of MoonFire includes:

  • captions by leading Apollo 11 experts that explain the history and science behind the images, citing the mission log, publications of the day, and postflight astronaut interviews
  • an evocative introduction by Colum McCann celebrates Mailer's incomparable skill at transforming "the science of space... the weight of history... the breadth of mythology" into prose
  • hundreds of photographs and maps from the NASA vaults, magazine archives, and private collections. These images document the development of the agency and the mission, life inside the command module and on the Moon's surface, and the world's jubilant reaction to the landing.
  • By Norman Mailer.
  • Contributing author Colum McCann
  • Hardback with fold-outs
  • 348 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen GmbH; Anniversary edition (26 April 2019)
  • Product Dimensions: 28.6 x 3.8 x 33.7 cm

Just one of our Astronomy & Space books at Royal Museums Greenwich. 

We have more Moon-inspired homewaresclothingbooksprints and gifts. 'The Moon', our new major exhibition is at the National Maritime Museum from 19 July 2019 until 5 January 2020. 

The Moon Exhibition book stack surrounded by a telescope, space shuttle and moon print

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