September 2006 book reviews
Discover this month's offerings of astronomy titles.
Getting off the Planet: Training Astronauts
Mary Jane Chambers and Randall M. Chambers, 120 pages, CG Publishing, Apogee Books Space Series, 2006; paperback, $18.95
Apogee Books has done a great service for a new generation of readers by preserving and making accessible much of the history of spaceflight, in its Space Science book series. Each book in the Apollo Mission Report details one specific flight. While many books have been written by and about astronauts, less well-known are the stories of the manned space program's unsung heroes: those scientists and engineers, such as Harrison Storms and Guenter Wendt, whose skills, dedication, and purpose made it possible for the United States to progress from Alan Shepard's Mercury suborbital flight to a successful lunar landing and return in just over 8 years.