Go, Flight! by Rick Houston
The Unsung Heroes of Mission Control, 1965–1992 (Outward Odyssey: A People's History of S)

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After reading the biography last year on Neil Armstrong and this years beginning of a new romance series on astronauts, I wanted to see “behind the scenes” to those on the ground...Thanks for shedding light on the (often) unsung heroes who helped make it all happen.
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The inspiration for the documentary Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo

At first glance, it looks like just another auditorium in just another government building. But among the talented men (and later women) who worked in mission control, the room located on the third floor of Building 30—at what is now Johnson Space Center—would become known by many as “the Cathedral.” These members of the space program were the brightest of their generations, making split-second decisions that determined the success or failure of a mission. The flight controllers, each supported by a staff of specialists, were the most visible part of the operation, running the missions, talking to the heavens, troubleshooting issues on board, and, ultimately, attempting to bring everyone safely back home.

None of NASA’s storied accomplishments would have been possible without these people. Interviews with dozens of individuals who worked in the historic third-floor mission control room bring the compelling stories to life. Go, Flight! is a real-world reminder of where we have been and where we could go again given the right political and social climate.
 

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Rick Houston is a journalist with twenty years of experience and a special interest in spaceflight history. He is the author of Wheels Stop: The Tragedies and Triumphs of the Space Shuttle Program, 1986-2011 (Nebraska, 2013) and Second to None: The History of the NASCAR Busch Series. Milt Heflin worked for NASA for nearly half a century, including on the prime recovery ships during splashdown and post-landing activities for Apollo 8, Apollo 10, Apollo 16, Apollo 17, each of the three Skylab flights, and the Apollo-SoyuzTest Project. He later became a flight director who led the mission control team during the flight of STS-61, widely considered one of the most important missions of the entire thirty-year Space Shuttle program. At the time of his retirement, he served as associate director (technical) at Johnson Space Center. John Aaron is a legendary former flight controller widely credited with saving the Apollo 12 flight and playing an instrumental role in the safe return of the Apollo 13 crew.
 
Published December 1, 2015 by University of Nebraska Press. 367 pages
Genres: History, Computers & Technology, Education & Reference, Science & Math. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Jayne S on Dec 04 2015

After reading the biography last year on Neil Armstrong and this years beginning of a new romance series on astronauts, I wanted to see “behind the scenes” to those on the ground...Thanks for shedding light on the (often) unsung heroes who helped make it all happen.

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