Essay On Failure By Francis Kranz

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Eugene Francis Kranz (aka Gene Kranz), a former Air Force fighter pilot, and a reputed Flight Director for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has supervised many Manned and Unmanned space missions launched by the United States of America(USA). He was involved with the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo missions. He was the flight director for the Apollo 11 mission as well, that successfully landed the lunar module ‘Eagle’ on the surface of the moon July 20 1969. In his Autobiography titled “Failure is not an option”, published by Simon and Schuster in 2000, Kranz recollects the events and missions, both failed and successful, that led to one of mankind’s greatest accomplishments. He provides the reader with a very vivid account of the various space exploration missions launched by the USA during the space race.
With the successful launch of the Sputnik I in 1957 Russia had officially heralded the space race and they were in the
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One of them is the fact that quite a few individuals are introduced in this book, so the names are a little hard to keep track of. This only goes ahead to prove the point that a program like this requires the skills of many people, and in a way brings to light the grandeur of the Space Program. Another aspect is the fact that the text gets a bit technical sometimes so the “Lay-man” might have some difficulty understanding the whole process involved. In the Author’s defense, Kranz does provide the reader with an extensive Index and a glossary of terms and names.
Failure is not an Option is an account by a veteran Flight director of one of the America’s major accomplishments. He provides the user with a way to experience the tense environment of a Flight Control room from the comforts of their homes. The books reflects on what led to the success of the American Space program and suggests what the nation should be doing in the field of space

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