In Their Own Words

The Space Age: a time of Sputnik and Saturn rockets, populated by men with names such as Glenn and Gagarin. Now you can relive the countdown with In Their Own Words: The Space Race ­ The Apollo, Mercury, and Gemini Missions, an unparalleled 7 Cassette audio suite that provides unfettered access to authentic Mission Control transmissions and interviews with the men behind them. Including a bonus 2-hour DVD containing rare archival footage and newsreels, In Their Own Words: The Space Race utilizes vintage vivid documentary and narrations, revealing interviews, and audio clips of Presidents and pilots alike to chronicle all 17 Apollo missions, including the pioneering Mercury and Gemini programs. From blastoff to splashdown, you are there, experiencing Neil Armstrong's lunar "leap for mankind" and the shocking suspense of Apollo 13. America's space program reverberates thrillingly throughout the In Their Own Words collection.

Rediscover the most groundbreaking moments in the history of space exploration with documentary footage and narration, candid interviews and the actual transmissions between Mission Control and crews of the Apollo, Mercury, and Gemini projects.

Tape/CD 1: The Beginning of the Dream: Project Mercury
Tape/CD 2: Gemini Ups the Stakes
Tape/CD 3: Race to the Moon
Tape/CD 4: The Triumph of Apollo 11
Tape/CD 5: Laughs from the Moon: Apollo 11 and 12
Tape/CD 6: "Houston, we have a problem"
Tape/CD 7: Apollo 14, 15, 16, 17 and the .Legacy of Apollo

*Race to the Moon

Features rare archival footage, documentaries, and an interview with Wernher von Braun, "father" of the Apollo program.

Synopsis
The Space Age: a time of Sputnik and Saturn rockets, populated by men with names such as Glenn and Gagarin. Now you can relive the countdown with In Their Own Words: The Space Race ­ The Apollo, Mercury, and Gemini Missions, an unparalleled 7 Cassette audio suite that provides unfettered access to authentic Mission Control transmissions and interviews with the men behind them. Including a bonus 2-hour DVD containing rare archival footage and newsreels, In Their Own Words: The Space Race utilizes vintage vivid documentary and narrations, revealing interviews, and audio clips of Presidents and pilots alike to chronicle all 17 Apollo missions, including the pioneering Mercury and Gemini programs. From blastoff to splashdown, you are there, experiencing Neil Armstrong's lunar "leap for mankind" and the shocking suspense of Apollo 13. America's space program reverberates thrillingly throughout the In Their Own Words collection.
Rod Pyle is a space author, journalist and historian. He has written ten books on space history, exploration and development for major publishers that have been published in seven languages.

"In Their Own Words: The Space Race; the Apollo, Gemini, and Mercury Missions" is a fascinating audio documentary of the Space Race presented on seven audio CDs with a bonus documentary DVD. The discs are organized chronologically: disc one is devoted to the Mercury program, disc two to Gemini; disc three covers the early days of Apollo, disc four is devoted to the triumph of Apollo 11 and the first lunar landing, disc five deals largely with Apollo 12, disc six deals with the problems of Apollo 13, and disc seven deals with the remainder of the Apollo program.

On balance the information is covered well, and requires no prerequisite knowledge to enjoy the CDs. I think the amount of time devoted to the different discs is just about perfect except disc seven which jams Apollo 14, 15, 16, and 17 all on one CD. I found the pacing and narration to be good, but unquestionably the best part of the set is the original NASA audio tracks which tell the story better than any narrator could. My only other minor critiques of the set would be the occasional music which tends to attempt sensationalization (the actual events are dramatic enough without the music,) and the pace of disc one, which is occasionally a bit slow, although that may just be my personal bias, as I find Mercury to be the least interesting of the American space programs.

The bonus DVD features several old NASA documentaries from the 1950s and 1960s, and is a great addition to the set. The footage is interesting, and though something of an Apollo completist, I had not seen some of the material before.

This is a great introduction to the space race: the focus is on Apollo, as it should be, but the contributions of Mercury and Gemini are not glossed over. I recommend this set, especially for people wanting a general overview of the lunar space program.

This series is packed full to the brim with missions as they're happening. There are so many moments that I listened to in my car where I started to get really really nervous that something bad was going to happen and then so relieved when it didn't. Some people think the narrator is a tad over dramatic. Perhaps a little, but he doesn't get in the way of the actual missions, and that's where the good stuff is. Also, the DVD is great! Wonderful footage from an interesting time in history.

This is an excellent product, the commentator keeps the listener informed with back ground information regarding all the missions. Very well done, excellent listening to as well. I have not had a chance to check out the DVD yet but I would imagine it is just as superb as the CD's For those of us who lived in that era and to those who were not born yet, all would benifit from this product. Excellent educational tool as well.

Listening to these recordings between astronauts and Mission Control brought back those childhood feelings of amazement mixed with uneasy anticipation at hearing, "10...9...8.."

Well told, with just enough narration to help keep the story together, the only downside is the overly dramatic background music, which was often way over the top. If you can ignore that, then you'll enjoy this!