2nd, corrected edition In the sands of the Moon, at a place called the Marsh of Decay, there lies a little item which should not have been there. It is a tiny figurine, shaped to look like a man, and he is dead. Behind it, a plaque stucks upright in the soil, bearing fourteen names. Some sound American, some Russian. This figurine is known as the Fallen Astronaut. The crew of Apollo 15 took it there, without knowledge of their superiors, and they placed it on the Moon to commemorate their colleagues from two countries whom doom had not allowed to fly. But there are other names still, which are not even mentioned on that plaque, and their fates are lost. Who now remembers Dr Graveline, the man with the shortest astronaut career ever? Charles Bassett who was assigned to write history but dropped the quill? Robert Lawrence who would almost have performed a pioneering achievement? They were selected to make history, but history passed over them. Their stories tell a darker chapter of the American moon-landing myth. These men are the Forgotten Astronauts, those who failed and disappeared – sometimes tragically, sometimes tragicomically – and whose stories were for a long time hushed up, so they did not cloud the worship of the heroes. Their fates are told in this booklet. With 28 b/w images. Full-colour edition also available! See the book trailer on http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2dl491_the-forgotten-astronauts-book-trailer_tech
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Our shelves contain countless books on the history of space travel, illustrated with colourful images of the moon and names we have frequently read: Alan Shepard, first American in space, John Glenn who orbited earth, Neil Armstrong, first man on the moon, Elliot See … Wait a minute. Who is Elliot See? And then we discover that most books on the history of space travel do not mention his name at all. And closer examination reveals more unknown faces on NASA's group photos. Their accounts, told in this book, reveal the darker side of the American moon-landing myth. These men are the Forgotten Astronauts, those who failed and were erased from history - sometimes tragically, sometimes tragicomically - and who were for a long time hushed up about, not to cloud the worship of the heroes of the Space Age. See also the kindle edition of this book (ISBN 9783957036469).About the Author:
Codex Regius is the pseudonym of two authors from Germany and Slovenia who collaborate in science fiction, non-fiction and historical novels set in the Roman Empire.
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Book Description CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2014. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 1st edition. 48 pages. 7.81x5.06x0.10 inches. This item is printed on demand. Bookseller Inventory # zk149597362X