During the 1960s and early 1970s, northern Arizona played a critical role in fulfilling President Kennedy's bold challenge of sending humans to the moon. From the rocky depths of the Grand Canyon to lofty cosmic views from Flagstaff's dark skies, northern Arizona was ideal for activities ranging from moon buggy testing and geology training to lunar mapping and mission simulation. Every astronaut who walked on the moon, from Neil Armstrong to Gene Cernan, prepared for his journey in northern Arizona, and all used maps created by Flagstaff artists to navigate their way around the lunar surface. This book captures the spirit of these pioneers with stunning images from NASA, the US Geological Survey, and others.
Kevin Schindler is the historian at Lowell Observatory, where he has worked for 21 years. He regularly contributes articles about science and history to a variety of publications and writes a regular column, The View from Mars Hill, for the Arizona Daily Sun. William Sheehan is a psychiatrist by profession and an independent scholar of the history of astronomy. Recognized worldwide as an authority in this field, he writes extensively for various magazines and journals and has authored more than a dozen highly acclaimed books.