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japhyr · 2019-05-14 · Original thread
I just finished Moondust, which is a really good read for anyone interested in the Apollo story. The author was a journalist working on a story about the Apollo astronauts, and he was interviewing one of the men who walked on the moon. During the interview the astronaut took a phone call, and came back a while later saying, "Now there's only nine of us." I believe it was Pete Conrad that had just died.

Shortly after that, the author (Andrew Smith) decided to go find each of the men who had walked on the moon, and ask them what they'd done with their lives since walking on the moon. It's a wonderful mix of his own recollections of growing up when Apollo was happening, each of the astronaut's personal backstories and recollections of what it was like to be at the center of the Apollo program, and what life has been like after walking on the moon.

I can't recommend it highly enough. It's being re-issued this summer for the 50th anniversary of the first landing, but you can also order the original version from 2005.

https://www.amazon.com/Moondust-Search-Men-Fell-Earth-dp-006...

japhyr · 2019-03-21 · Original thread
You might be interested in a book called Moondust. The author realized in the early 2000s that at some point soon all of the astronauts who walked on the moon would be gone. He set out to interview each of them about their experiences at the time, and since visiting the moon.

It's a mix of space history and personal reflections on the perspective they got, that none of us will likely have.

https://www.amazon.com/Moondust-Search-Men-Fell-Earth-dp-000...

japhyr · 2018-09-28 · Original thread
I am currently reading Moondust: In Search of the Men Who Fell to Earth, by Andrew Smith. Around 2002, he decided to track down all the people who walked on the moon and are still living, and ask the basic question, "What do you do after you've walked on the moon?"

It's a fascinating mix of personal stories, science, and a sense of what it was like for people from all parts of society to experience the moon frenzy of the late 60s/ early 70s.

https://www.amazon.com/Moondust-Search-Men-Fell-Earth/dp/000...

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