July 20, 1969, marked one of the climactic moments in our history'the day Apollo 11 landed on the moon. But it is only one piece of a magnificent story. Mission Control, This Is Apollo , by the acclaimed Andrew Chaikin (author of A Man on the Moon , basis of the HBO miniseries From the Earth to the Moon ), recounts space history from the Mercury missions through Apollo 17 and beyond. It is illustrated with stunning full-color paintings by astronaut Alan Bean, who walked on the moon with Pete Conrad on Apollo 12 and has devoted his post-NASA life to creating art. Handsome, informative, and dramatic, this is no textbook'it is the tale of humankind's greatest adventure in the last frontier: space.