In 1970, the US Space Program attempted to send it’s fifth manned spaceship to the moon. Numbered Apollo 13, the ill-fated flight experienced an explosion, knocking out a portion of the mission’s power and oxygen. Suddenly, the awe and heroism of sending men in space took a back seat to the ability to bring them home.
Jim Lovell was the commander of Apollo 13, and Lost Moon is a terrific accounting of the events of his life that lead him to the life of an astronaut and that fateful mission. It’s also the book on which Ron Howard based his award-winning movie, Apollo 13. I appreciated the details provided by the book that couldn’t be included in the film. Lovell and his co-writer, Jeffrey Kluger, presented the events in such a way that the science wasn’t over my head, and I was completely gripped by this amazing story.
5 stars (out of 5)
Published in 1994