Failure is Not an Option, Signed by Gene Kranz, Later Printing, 2000

Kranz, Gene. Failure Is Not an Option: Mission Control From Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2000. Signed by Kranz. First Edition, Later Printing. Original Dust Jacket.

Offered is a first edition, later printing, of Gene Kranz's Failure is Not an Option. The book includes a bold signature from Kranz on the first free endpaper.

Eugene “Gene” Kranz served as an integral part of the nascent NASA program and helped the United States to achieve wondrous goals of space travel during the 20th century. Kranz's autobiography tells about his experiences in the space program and his instrumental role in the Space Race. It recounts the events that enthralled and stunned the nation as the space program attempted new and dangerous missions. The book's title was the motto that reportedly carried Kranz through the Apollo 13 crisis.

Born in Ohio in 1933, Kranz served in the Air Force after graduating college and always had a fascination with space and aeronautics. Kranz soon answered a “Help Wanted” ad in a magazine for NASA’s newly formed Space Task Group and began his new career. Eventually, Kranz worked his way through the ranks to become NASA Flight Director working on Gemini and Apollo Missions. Throughout his career he guided Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to the Moon and directed the successful efforts of the ‘Tiger Team’ to save the Apollo 13 crew. Kranz served for over 30 years and retired from NASA in 1994. Since then he has worked as a flight engineer, consultant, and speaker.

Kranz's autobiography is a New York Times Bestseller and served as the basis for the History Channel’s documentary Mission Control.


Near fine condition. Dark and bold signature from Kranz on a Mission Control signature card pasted onto first free end paper. Yellow and black boards intact. Internally clean and bright. Very minor surface wear on dust jacket, otherwise well kept and clean.

Dimensions: 9 ½”H x 6 ½”W x 1 ¼”D

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