Jeffrey Kluger is the author of several books including Apollo 13 originally published as Lost Moon, co-authored with Jim Lovell, and The Sibling Effect. He has been a science editor and senior writer for Time, for more than two decades, and he has written more than forty cover stories for the magazine. He lives in New York City.
In August 1968, NASA made a bold decision: in just sixteen weeks, the United States would launch humankind’s first flight to the moon. Only the year before, three astronauts had burned to death in their spacecraft, and since then the Apollo program had suffered one setback after another. That Christmas Eve, a nation that had suffered a horrendous year of assassinations and war was heartened by an inspiring message from the trio of astronauts in lunar orbit. After the first view of the far side of the moon, the first earth-rise, and the first re-entry through the earth’s atmosphere following a flight to deep space—the impossible dream of walking on the moon suddenly seemed within reach.
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