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In 1999, Andrew Smith was interviewing Charlie Duke, astronaut and moon walker, for the Observer. During the course of the interview the telephone rang and Charlie left the room to answer it. When he returned, some 20 minutes later, he seemed visibly upset. He'd just heard that, the previous day, one of his fellow moon walkers, the astronaut Pete Conrad, had died. 

'Now there's only nine of us,' he said. Which meant that, one day soon, there would be none, and when that day came, no one on earth would have known the giddy thrill of gazing back at us from the surface of the moon. The thought shocked Andrew Smith. 

Moondust is his attempt to understand why.  

©2005 Andrew Smith (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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"It left me spellbound...belongs to the same tradition as Tom Wolfe's The Right Stuff." (Sunday Times

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  • Lightrhino
  • 09-22-20

One of the best audiobooks I’ve listened to - and I’ve got nearly 700 in my library

A fantastically interesting book, brilliantly read, telling the very human stories of men with extraordinary courage and determination. Highly *highly* recommend

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  • DesiB
  • 12-27-21

Engaging, insightful and illuminating

I read this book when it came out, saw Smith's documentary about Armstrong and have recommended it to many people over the years.
Short of inspiration, I downloaded the audiobook and relived the excitement I felt first time around as Smith tracks down the 9 surviving astronauts of the 12 who walked on the moon during the Apollo missions.
It becomes something of a quest and Smith's book is the engaging chronicle of that quest. The reader, like the author, has some notions challenged and new ideas introduced continually as some of these interesting men reveal their thoughts on how the landings affected them.

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  • Justin
  • 09-12-21

An incite into those who walked luna

Just fantastic. Informative from start to finish. The author makes you feel as if you have met the moon walkers yourself

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  • Nick Cook
  • 09-29-19

An essential read for all Apollo space fans

Even better as an audiobook. This and A Man On The Moon by Andrew Chaikin are essential reads.

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  • Bill
  • 08-20-19

not many left

if you’re of an age where the death of JFK and man landing on the moon, woodstock, are key in your life. this book gives insight from those Astronauts that where still alive at the time of writing.

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  • Oscar
  • 08-14-19

Really Wonderful

I have always been fascinate by the Apollo missions and brought this book in paper back when it was first published. This years 50th anniversary of the lunar landings and the release of first man, made me return to it . It was a great book with so much background detail and really enjoyable listen. I will no doubt return to it again. I will always admire the bravery of these men and cannot imagine ever doing something like this. It does how illustrates the recklessness of politicians and sound bites, to win votes. Men died as a result of one presidents political ambitions. Great book and recommended listen.