Inside a special edition book released to mark the 50th anniversary
As we get closer to July 20, expect more than a few reminders that 2019 is the 50th anniversary of man’s first steps on the Moon. Book publishers Taschen, for example, will be releasing a 50th anniversary edition of Moonfire by the late Normal Mailer, one of America’s top literary figures, featuring rare and unseen images from the NASA vaults, as well as magazine archives and private collections, recounting the before and after of that giant leap for mankind.
The crew of the Apollo 11 mission – Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins – underwent a decade of tests and training, with 400,000 engineers and staff, a budget of billions, and the most powerful rocket ever launched. Norman Mailer was on-hand to document the events leading up to July 20, 1969 and beyond – hired by Life magazine to cover the landing itself, then following it up with a book, Of a Fire on the Moon, which Taschen has included excerpts of.
Inside the Moonfire 50th anniversary edition are hundreds of behind-the-scenes images, showing the preparations for the mission, life inside the command module and on the Moon’s surface, plus the world’s reaction to the landing. The new edition features content from the mission log, the publications of the day, and post-flight astronaut interviews.