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Failure Is Not an Option: Mission Control From Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond

Gene Kranz


"For me, and others sitting safely in Mission Control in Houston, we could depend only on a learning curve that started at a place that wasn't more than a complex of sand, marsh and new, raw concrete and asphalt."

Location that was mentioned: Mission Control in Houston.

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Failure Is Not an Option: Mission Control From Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond by Gene Kranz.


Failure Is Not an Option: Mission Control From Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond” by Gene Kranz is an inspiring memoir that has soared to the status of a New York Times bestseller.

In this remarkable book, Gene Kranz – also known as Eugene Francis “Gene” Kranz – offers readers an intimate look into the pioneering days of NASA’s Mercury program, the monumental Apollo 11 mission, and the heart-stopping Apollo 13 mission. As the flight director during these historical endeavors, Kranz shares invaluable insights that unveil the challenges, triumphs, and unyielding determination that defined NASA’s greatest achievements.

With a wealth of experience and a firsthand account of some of humanity’s most incredible moments, Gene Kranz invites readers to join him on a journey that reaches beyond the confines of our planet. From the early days of space exploration to the gripping suspense of the Apollo 13 crisis, this memoir is a testament to the indomitable spirit of those who pushed the boundaries of human capability.

So, if you’re eager to gain a deeper understanding of the pivotal role played by mission control in shaping our understanding of space, technology, and teamwork, “Failure Is Not an Option” is a must-read. Prepare to be captivated by the stories and insights of a veteran NASA flight director who was at the forefront of some of the most momentous events in human history.


More details:


  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: 2009
  • ISBN-10: 9781439148815
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439148815
  • ASIN: B003A02W6C


Gene Kranz has been the subject of many documentary films, movies, articles and books. If you’d like to learn more, you can read this short bio: Gene Kranz “A Blast from the Past” from

And if you’re a movie fan, you probably know the Apollo 13 major motion picture, where Gene was portrayed by actor Ed Harris. So, here’s something to remember – the iconic Apollo 13 (1995) – Failure Is Not an Option scene:



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