By Von Hardesty

ISBN-10: 1426201192

ISBN-13: 9781426201196

ISBN-10: 1426203217

ISBN-13: 9781426203213

while Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked at the moon in 1969, they personified a virtually incredible feat—the particularly advanced job of sending people appropriately to a different celestial physique. This outstanding odyssey, which grew from the contention among the U.S. and the Soviet Union through the chilly conflict, used to be galvanized by way of the Sputnik release in 1957. To mark the 50th anniversary of Sputnik, nationwide Geographic recaptures this gripping second within the human event with a full of life and compelling new account. Written by means of Smithsonian curator Von Hardesty and researcher Gene Eisman, Epic Rivalry tells the tale from either the yankee and the Russian issues of view, and exhibits how each one space-faring country performed an essential position in stimulating the paintings of the opposite. ratings of infrequent, unpublished, and robust pictures remember the urgency and technical creativity of either countries' efforts.

The authors recreate in vibrant aspect the "parallel universes" of the 2 house exploration courses, with visionaries Wernher von Braun and Sergei Korolev and political leaders John F. Kennedy and Nikita Khrushchev on the epicenters. The clash among nations, and the stressful drama in their self sustaining development, unfolds in shiny prose. imminent its topic from a uniquely balanced point of view, this crucial new narrative chronicles the epic race to the moon and again because it hasn't ever been informed before—and captures the curiosity of informal browsers and technological know-how, area, and heritage fanatics alike.

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