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Blue Dot 138: James Donovan

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Dave interviews James Donovan, author of the new book, Shoot for The Moon: The Space Race and The Extraordinary Voyage of Apollo 11. Donovan tells the story of both the Cold War driven space race and the culminating achievement of the moon landing in July of 1969.

Meticulously researched, the book is timed for the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing this summer. Donovan shares how he unearthed new and little known details of the mission from his exhaustive research and interviews with veterans of the Apollo program.

Dave Schlom is the longtime host and creator of Blue Dot. From surfing to Voyager in interstellar space, rock guitar to orcas in our imperiled oceans, the topics on Blue Dot are as varied as the host’s interests and connections -- which are pretty limitless! An internationally respected space history journalist, Dave is also deeply fascinated by all aspects of the grand workings of nature’s awesome machinery on scales ranging from galactic to subatomic. And topics take in all aspects of the arts and sciences.