Afterglow: Reflections on the Golden Age of Moon Explorers

Derek Webber
Founder, Spaceport Associates and Judge, Google Lunar XPRIZE

About the book:
Twenty-four guys went to the Moon in the late sixties/early seventies. Of them, 12 walked on its surface. Three of them made the journey twice. The author met (and photographed) 20 of the 24 who made the journey, and 11 of the 12 who walked on its surface, and has an archive of transcribed tapes from talks and presentations and book signings given by them. These 24 humans have been the only ones to see at first-hand what our planet looks like, slowly spinning without any visible means of suspension in the vastness of space. Who were they, and how did they describe their experience? This book will provide a record of the human tales and complexity behind the technological triumph of Apollo, how going to the Moon affected them, and the lives they led on returning to Earth. This, in some way, represents the Legacy; passing on what we learned from the first time we went to the Moon. In summer 2019 it will be the Golden Anniversary of the Golden Age of spaceflight, and any of the Moon travelers still alive at that time will be in their late eighties/early nineties.

About the author
Derek Webber has, over a 50-year span, been involved in many of the significant developments of commercial space. He is a published author and has been Head of Procurement at Inmarsat and Managing Director at Tachyon Europe, both companies engaged in the satellite communications business, and is a former satellite and launch vehicle engineer. As the Director of Spaceport Associates, he developed key space tourism market research data, and is currently one of the international judges of the Google Lunar XPRIZE, while also presiding over the “Gateway Earth” space policy initiative.


The Journey to Moonwalking

Kenneth S. Thomas

About the book:
By setting the goal for going to the Moon by the end of 1969, President Kennedy transformed the Soviet/U.S. arms race, with its escalating confrontations, into a “space race.” Perhaps the greatest obstacle to going to the Moon was the development of the spacesuit. This is the story of human efforts, specifically the innovation, struggle and sacrifice carried out by otherwise ordinary men and women that culminated in the spacesuit that made the first human surface explorations of the Moon possible.

The success of Apollo resulted in replacing the looming spectre of a possible world-devastating war with peace and cooperation in space between these two great rival nations. However, few people know of all the contributions that were required to allow the first humans to set foot on, and explore, the Moon. Most are not aware of the magnitude and abundance of challenges to such an endeavour, let alone the solutions needed.

About the author:
This book represents over two decades of research, interviewing original participants and working with other spacesuit historians to determine Apollo spacesuit contributions and contributors. The author brings a unique expertise to this historic achievement. He was a spacesuit engineer for 22 years and has been a consultant to national museums since 1993. Additionally, performing knowledge-capture for NASA gave the author views into the Apollo history at a micro-level, which provided him with additional enlightenment. The result is a human chronicle of the challenges, achievements and experiences related to the most watched historical event of its time.