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New York, N.Y. W. W. Norton & Company, 1992. First Edition [Stated], First Printing [Stated]. Hardcover. , 304 pages. Includes Author's Note and Prologue, 15 chapters, Epilogue, Bibliography, and an Index. In the panic that followed the Soviet launch of Sputnik, Harrison Storms, the legendary chief engineer of North American Aviation, captured the job of building the Apollo spacecraft. Storms was one of the country's foremost airplane designer, and at North American he is known, only half-jokingly, and The Creator. As Storms and his engineers feel their way through uncharted technologies on a killing schedule, the blizzard of changing orders from NASA keeps the design of the ship a constantly moving target. Harold Michael "Mike" Gray (October 26, 1935 – April 30, 2013) was an American writer, screenwriter, cinematographer, film producer and director. In 1965, Mike Gray and Jim Dennett co-founded The Film Group, a Chicago film production company. In 1968, the pair produced the award-winning documentary American Revolution 2, followed by the trio's The Murder of Fred Hampton. He also wrote and directed Wavelength, an independent science fiction film starring Robert Carradine, Cherie Currie, and Keenan Wynn, with a soundtrack by Tangerine Dream. Gray next co-created the television series Starman. Following Starman, he became series writer/producer for the 1988–89 season of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Screenwriter Mike Gray profiled Storms in his 1992 book, Angle of Attack. Publishers Weekly described it as a "swaggering portrait of NASA's Apollo project [which] might well be called Indiana Jones and the Engineering Mission of Destiny."
Washington DC: National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2008. Presumed First Edition, First printing. Hardcover. xii, 329,  pages. Illustrations (many in color). Inscribed by author on fep. Michael Douglas Griffin (born November 1, 1949) is an American physicist and aerospace engineer who is the current Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering. He previously served as Administrator of NASA, the U.S. space agency, from April 13, 2005, to January 20, 2009. As NASA Administrator Griffin oversaw such areas as the future of human spaceflight, the fate of the Hubble telescope and NASA's role in understanding climate change. In April 2009 Griffin was named eminent scholar and a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at the University of Alabama. Griffin had worked at NASA prior to serving as NASA Administrator, including as Associate Administrator for Exploration. When he was nominated as NASA chief, he was head of the Space Department at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL). In 2007 he was included in the TIME 100, the magazine's list of the 100 most influential people. Griffin's appointment as Administrator was associated with a significant shift in the direction of the agency.
New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1997. First Printing [Stated]. Hardcover. 24 cm. x, 398,  pages. Illustrations. Notes. Bibliography. Index. DJ has some wear, soiling, and small tears and chips. T. A. Heppenheimer's acclaimed chronicle of rockets, politics, and the pioneers who dared to reach beyond humanity's limits. "The most comprehensive, up-to-date, and best written history of space flight there is."-The Times "A lively account of the development of space activities in the U.S. and the Soviet Union. . . as good a one-volume overview of space as exists."-Scientific American. "Countdown is by far the best history of space flight I have ever read. It is detailed, lucidly written for the layman, and full of fascinating stories.-Adrian Berry, Daily Telegraph. "Science writer Heppenheimer's readable account provides a timely historical overview of the early visionaries, the engineers, and the geopolitical forces that placed men on the moon and created today's aerospace industry. . . . A thoughtful analysis that is highly recommended.-Library Journal. "By far the most significant and technically insightful account of the ventures into the space environment I have seen. . . . Heppenheimer] concentrates unerringly on key elements, both technical and managerial, in this account of man's initial space ventures."-Lee Atwood, Former president and chairman, North American Aviation Corporation. "Like a skilled artisan, Heppenheimer weaves social, political, scientific, technological, military, and economic threads of the history of space flight into a tapestry that reveals fascinating patterns and themes."-Publishers Weekly.