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Much has been written about Neil Armstrong Americas modern hero and historys most famous space traveler Yet shy of fame and never one to steal the spotlight Armstrong was always reluctant to discuss his personal side of events Here for the first time is the definitive story of Neils life of flight he shared for five decades with a trusted friend - Jay BarbreeWorking from years of conversations he had with Neil from notes interviews NASA spaceflight transcripts and remembrances of those Armstrong trusted Barbree writes about Neils three passions - flight family and friends This is the inside story of Neil Armstrong from the time he flew combat missions in the Korean War and then flew a rocket plane called the X- to the edge of space to when he saved his Gemini by flying the first emergency return from Earth orbit and then flew Apollo-Eleven to the moons Sea of Tranquility Together Neil and Jay discussed everything from his love of flying to the war years and of course his time in space The book is full of never-before-seen photos and personal details written down for the first time including what Armstrong really felt when he took that first step on the moon what life in NASA was like his relationships with the other astronauts and what he felt the future of space exploration should beAs the only reporter to have covered all American astronaut flights and moon landings Jay knows these events intimately Neil Armstrong himself said xBarbree is historys most experienced space journalist He is exceptionally well qualified to recall and write the events and emotions of our timex Through his friendship with Neil and his dedicated research Barbree brings us the most accurate account of his friends life of flight the book he planned for twenty years.

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