Book Review: Shoot for the Moon

Book Review: Shoot for the Moon

The story of the race to the Moon has been told so many times that you might think another book on the subject would be superfluous, but James Donovan shows in his version of this oft-told tale that you’d be mistaken. A jacket blurb by Michael Collins calls this book “the best book on Apollo that I have read.”

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First Aussie: Dr. Philip Chapman, Apollo’s Astronaut from “Down Under,” Part Three

First Aussie: Dr. Philip Chapman, Apollo’s Astronaut from “Down Under,” Part Three

This Space Available, by Emily Carney. In the previous installment of This Space Available, Dr. Philip Chapman brainstormed one of the Apollo program’s most famous televised experiments, resigned from NASA’s astronaut corps following the cancellation of Skylab B, and entered into a post-NASA career that saw him rubbing elbows with Dr. Gerard K. O’Neill. In this concluding installment, we’ll return to the place where his scientific career began, undoubtedly one of the closest analogues to another planet that exists on Earth: Antarctica. Moreover, we’ll catch up with him at present time.

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First Aussie: Dr. Philip Chapman, Apollo’s Astronaut from “Down Under,” Part Two

First Aussie: Dr. Philip Chapman, Apollo’s Astronaut from “Down Under,” Part Two

This Space Available, by Emily Carney. In the last installment of This Space Available, the life and career of Dr. Philip Chapman, NASA’s first Australian-born astronaut, was discussed from the time he joined the exclusive cadre in 1967 to 1970, when he was doing his best to suggest scientific experiments to Stuart Roosa, Apollo 14’s command module pilot, to be performed as the latter astronaut orbited the Moon. However, Deke Slayton, the head of the astronaut office, was also doing his best in an effort to undermine Chapman’s suggestions at every turn.

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First Aussie: Dr. Philip Chapman, Apollo’s Astronaut from “Down Under,” Part One

First Aussie: Dr. Philip Chapman, Apollo’s Astronaut from “Down Under,” Part One

This Space Available, by Emily Carney. The “Excess Eleven” astronaut group would see many of its members resign before Skylab even made it off the ground in May 1973. One of the astronauts who left this exclusive cadre was physicist Dr. Philip Chapman, who was NASA’s first Australian-born astronaut. This is his story, and as you will see, many of the frustrations that resulted in his 1972 resignation from NASA were echoed by former colleague O’Leary in his 1970 opus, The Making of an Ex-Astronaut.

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