AP publishes Apollo 11 biography for 50th anniversary

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The Associated Press has published "Apollo 11: An AP Special Anniversary Edition" to mark the 50th anniversary of the first manned lunar landing.

The biography explores how the U.S. forged the necessary technology during the turbulent 1960s to allow man to set foot on the moon. It remembers those who sacrificed to make the great enterprise succeed.

The triumph of the astronauts, especially Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, was more than a victory for the U.S. It was also a milestone for mankind.

"What makes this biography about the Apollo 11 mission special is its real-time approach to how the AP covered this historic event as it happened," said Peter Costanzo, AP's director of programming. "It also includes a section featuring original newspapers with headlines that captured the excitement of that pivotal moment back in 1969."

The space race began in 1957, when the Soviet Union hurled Sputnik, the first man-made satellite, into orbit. The U.S. took up the challenge to also explore the next frontier. A dozen years and $25 billion later, Apollo 11 landed on the moon and man set foot on the lunar surface for the first time.

"Apollo 11: An AP Special Anniversary Edition" features an introduction by AP Aerospace Correspondent Marcia Dunn, a photo gallery, and images of artifacts from the AP Corporate Archives.

It is available as a paperback and an e-book on Amazon.

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