Moon Shot: The Inside Story of America's Race to the Moon, By Alan Shepard and Deke Slayton, Signed by Shepard, First Edition, 1994

Shepard, Alan, Slayton, Deke, Moon Shot: The Inside Story of America's Race to the Moon. Atlanta: Turner Publishing, 1994. First Edition, Signed by Alan Shepard on the full title page. Introduction by Neil Armstrong. Original blue hardcover boards with silver titles to the spine and original dust jacket. New custom archival cloth slipcase.

Presented is a first edition printing of Moon Shot: The Inside Story of America's Race to the Moon, written by Alan Shepard and Deke Slayton. The book was published by Turner Publishing in Atlanta, Georgia in 1994.  Alan Shepard signed the full title page, “Alan Shepard,” in blue ink. The book is presented in its original boards and dust jacket. It is complete with an introduction by astronaut Neil Armstrong and is illustrated with 32 glossy pages of black and white photographs. 

Moon Shot provides the never-before-told story of the bravery and teamwork that made the journey to the Moon possible. Authors Shepard and Slayton, both part of the pioneering space program from the beginning, tell this fascinating inside perspective. The book references the Cold War's Space Race, in which the United States and the Soviet Union competed to gain dominance in outer space exploration. It offers readers a personal look at the Apollo mission that made history, from two of the brave men who first ventured into space.

Alan Shepard was one of the original NASA Mercury Seven astronauts in 1959. In May 1961, he made the first crewed Project Mercury flight, Mercury-Redstone 3, in a spacecraft he named Freedom 7. He became the first American to travel into space. After serving as chief of the Astronaut Office, he returned to space on the Apollo 14 mission and logged nine hours exploring the Moon. In 1974 he retired from both NASA and the Navy, where he held the rank of rear admiral. 

Deke Slayton, also one of the original seven NASA astronauts, was assigned to fly the second orbital mission. Grounded by an irregular heartbeat, Slayton stayed on to supervise the astronaut corps, and his dedication was rewarded in 1972 when he was restored to flight status. Slayton was the docking module pilot of the 1975 Apollo–Soyuz Test Project. The flight culminated in the first meeting in space between American astronauts and Soviet Cosmonauts. He remained with NASA until his retirement in 1982. 

CONDITION:

Very good condition. Octavo, in original blue hardback boards with silver embossed titles to the spine. Original pictorial dust jacket, with light wear and fading. New Mylar covering on the dust jacket. Alan Shepard has signed the book on the title page, in blue felt-tipped ink. Signature is legible and in very good condition. Interior pages are healthy, with only light toning to paper. 383 pages. Presented with a new archival cloth slipcase with an inlaid photograph of Mercury 7 astronauts on the front.




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