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The new books commemorating the 40th anniversary of the moon landings….

Moon landings anniversary books

Monday 20th July 2010 marks the 40th anniversary of when man first set moon boot on our closest cosmic neighbour. The amazing success of the mission was nearly a devastating failure – Lance Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin missed their planned landing spot and managed to touch down on the moon’s surface with only 17 seconds of fuel left.

From 1969 to 1972, the Apollo missions sent 21 astronauts to the moon and a dozen of them to the surface, but it has now been four decades since man left low Earth orbit. Two new books look back at the NASA space programme’s history and the astronauts’ experience, while a third, written by Buzz Aldrin, is a personal memoir of his life-changing trip to the moon and what happened afterwards, as well as a exhortation to return to manned space exploration.

The website www.wechoosethemoon.org recreates the Apollo 11 mission, along with archival images and other information.

Rocket Men: The Epic Story of The First Men on The Moon
by Craig Nelson
Viking, $27.95 / £18.99

Voices From The Moon: Apollo Astronauts Describe Their Lunar Experiences
by Andrew Chaikin with Victoria Kohl
Viking Studio, $29.95 / £21.99

Magnificent Desolation: The Long Journey Home From The Moon
by Buzz Aldrin with Ken Abraham
Harmony, $27.00 / £16.99