December 12, 1972: Apollo 17 astronauts Gene Cernan and Jack Schmitt braked to a stop alongside the moon's Nansen Crater, the extreme of exploration for a species born to wander. As Earl Swift explains, the machine that made the achievement possible was an electric go-cart that folded like a business letter, weighing less than 80 pounds in the moon's reduced gravity. In this celebration of human genius and daring, Swift profiles the men who designed and built the vehicle, and the astronauts who embarked on this ultimate adventure. "Such are Mr. Swift's narrative talents and the bounties of the source material that the book is a joy to read from beginning to end…. Swift has reminded readers of an endlessly fascinating chapter in space exploration with widespread implications for the future."—Wall Street Journal
Across The Airless Wilds
Author: Earl Swift.