Countdown An Autobiography by Frank Borman with Robert J. Serling. When President Kennedy announced America's commitment to the exploration of space in 1961, he launched the greatest adventure of the second half of the twentieth century. A handful of singular men and women stepped forward to spearhead that national quest, and Frank Borman was one of them. Frank Borman, (born March 14, 1928, Gary, Indiana, U.S.), U.S. astronaut who, in Apollo 8 with James A. Lovell and William A. Anders in December 1968, made the first crewed flight around the Moon. The astronauts remained in an orbit about 112 km (70 miles) above the surface of the Moon for about 20 hours, transmitting television pictures back to Earth and verifying that lunar landmarks could be used for navigation to lunar landing sites. Three years earlier Borman and Lovell had made the Gemini 7 endurance flight in which they remained in space for 330 hours 35 minutes. Borman and Lovell also performed the first space rendezvous, coming within a few feet of Gemini 6.
COUNTDOWN AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY BY FRANK BORMAN
- Binding: Hardcover; Book Condition: Very Good; Dust Jacket Condition: Fair, taped tear and edge-wear (see images); Publication Date: 1988; Edition: First Edition; Publisher: Silver Arrow Books