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Eight Years to the Moon


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Nancy Atkinson is the editor and writer for Universe Today, a popular space and astronomy new site, and is a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador. She has written thousands of articles, and was the editor in chief for Space Lifestyle Magazine. She has also been published on,, NASA's Astrobiology Magazine and Space Times magazine. Nancy lives in Minnesota.


"Hundreds of thousands of unsung heroes were part of the Apollo program to reach the Moon, and Nancy Atkinson has meticulously researched and written about many of them here. She's a great storyteller and happily, Eight Years to the Moon takes us behind the scenes to many places we've never been before!"
--Peter King, correspondent, CBS News Radio Orlando/Kennedy Space Center"Atkinson has seamlessly woven the stories of hidden figures and forgotten linchpins into a narrative that lets readers live through the missions."
--Sarah Scoles, science journalist and author of Making Contact: Jill Tarter and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence"Atkinson has achieved the nearly impossible task of writing a truly original and engaging narrative of the Apollo program, with little-known and rarely told details of what it took to put humans on the Moon. Highly recommended."
--Rod Pyle, space author, journalist and Editor-In-Chief, Ad Astra magazine"Of nearly 400,000 people who worked on Project Apollo, we hear mostly about the handful of Apollo astronauts whose names will survive centuries into the future. But in this fascinating book, Nancy Atkinson introduces us to dozens of people, many of them engineers, who didn't make national headlines, yet were absolutely vital to the program. Her writing is based on an extensive collection of interviews that she conducted with many of the protagonists themselves, or with people who remembered them. Avoiding technical language, Nancy presents a captivating, behind-the-scenes history of Project Apollo that you will have trouble putting down."--David Warmflash, MD, author of Moon: An Illustrated History: From Ancient Myths to the Colonies of Tomorrow

"Transportive...immersive." - Fahrenheit Pop Science Book Club"Nancy Atkinson takes you deep into these events and many others in a very comfortable narrative style which is more personable than the somewhat stoic official recollections we've all read of those days...Highly recommended." - Keith Cowing, The Space Ref"Atkinson's book is one of the best books published on Apollo." - Asif Siddiqi, Science"What [Eight Years to the Moon
] does, though, is remind readers that Apollo was more than just a few astronauts, politicians, and engineers usually discussed in the history of the program. An army of people worked out of the spotlight on elements that were small but essential to the success of the program, each with their own tales of trials and triumphs." - Jeff Foust, The Space Review

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