FailureIsNotAnOptionEssay (1) - Dunbar 1 Jillian Dunbar Ramsey DC US History 02 May 2017 Americas Reaction to the Launching of Sputnik The book Failure

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Dunbar 1 Jillian Dunbar Ramsey DC US History 02 May 2017 America’s Reaction to the Launching of Sputnik The book, “Failure Is Not An Option” by Gene Kranz is a story from an insider’s point of view about the first manned space missions in American History. Kranz vividly describes his experiences in the midst of adversity and high-stress situations during Project Mercury, Apollo 11, and Apollo 13. Many books and films have been created to depict the first exciting missions of the American space program, but none of them have included the specific details that Kranz first-hand experienced. Gene Kranz joined NASA in 1960 and was assistant flight director for Project Mercury. He continued as flight director for the Apollo 11 lunar landing and played a major role in leading the Apollo 13 teams. Aside from explaining the first American space missions, Gene Kranz goes into the Soviet Union’s launching of Sputnik, and the reactions that America had on it. The Space Race was a huge deal between Russia and the United States. The

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