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A uniquely earthbound story of space travel, The Apollo Chronicles immerses readers in the obsessive lives and work of NASA’s engineers from the starting gun of the space race through the triumphant Moon landings. Filled with new interviews, scrubbed of technical jargon, and infused with the turbulent backdrop of the 1960’s, the narrative follows a handful of main characters through their longest days, tightest deadlines, and most confounding challenges. In the end, the surviving engineers reflect: how exactly did we do it and what did we learn?
"Brandon Brown has not only captured the salient facts, but more importantly, he’s captured the soul of what was arguably the most challenging and significant engineering accomplishment of the 20th century… a great read for all audiences… I learned things about ‘my era’ that I never knew!" -- Gerry Griffin, former Director of the Johnson Space Center, and former Apollo Flight Director.

Brandon R. Brown is a Professor of Physics at the University of San Francisco. Born in Houston, TX, he grew up with interests in science, literature, basketball and music. He completed a bachelors degree in physics at Rice University, and earned his PhD at Oregon State University studying vortex dynamics in superconductors. Sustained dual interests in physics and writing then led him to the Science Communication program at UC Santa Cruz.  Since 1998, Brandon has been teaching undergraduates and running a modest research program at USF.

His writing for general audiences has appeared in New Scientist, SEED, the Huffington Post, and other outlets. His biophysics work on the electric sense of sharks, as covered by NPR and the BBC, has appeared in Nature, The Physical Review, and other research journals. He lives in San Francisco with his wife Dana Smith, a research specialist at UCSF. Brandon is represented by the Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency.

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ISBN: 9780190681340
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Oxford University Press, USA - June 7th, 2019