"Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed": First edition of Moon Shot: The Inside Story of America's Race to the Moon; Signed by Alan Shepard

  • Moon Shot: The Inside Story of America’s Race to the Moon.

Moon Shot: The Inside Story of America’s Race to the Moon.

Item Number: 81164

Atlanta: Turner Publishing, 1994.

First edition of Shepard and Slayton’s story of the human drama behind the lunar race between two superpowers. Octavo, original boards, illustrated. Signed by Alan Shepard on the title page. From the library of publisher and philanthropist James C. Seacrest with the original bill of sale dated June 9th 1994 laid in. Very good in a very good dust jacket.

As one of the original seven Mercury astronauts, Alan Shepard (1923–1998) became the first American in space on May 5, 1961, and a decade later took, with his partner Edgar Mitchell, the longest walk—two miles—on the moon before hitting a golf ball for miles and miles across the lunar landscape. Another Mercury astronaut, Deke Slayton (1924–1993) was meant to be the second American in Earth orbit, but was grounded because of an irregular heartbeat. He stayed on at NASA to supervise his fellow astronauts and was returned to flight status in 1972. In 1975, after sixteen years as head of the astronaut office, Slayton made it into space for the historic first docking of an American and a Russian spacecraft, a step that was a long stride on the road to end the Cold War.