Books: Shooting the Moon

JOURNEY TO TRANQUILITY by Hugo Young, Bryan Silcock, Peter Dunn. 302 pages. Doubleday. $7.95.

THE MAKING OF AN EX-ASTRONAUT by Brian O'Leary. 243 pages. Houghon Mifflin. $5.95.

In the earthly scheme of things, success answers Questions. Failure — even of the triumphant kind — poses them. The peril of Apollo 13 accordingly has raised all the old backed-up doubts: Is the American space program worth the cost? Has it been capably and carefully administered? Has its emphasis on manned lunar landings been correct?

Just Nuts. Among space scientists themselves there is a frequent complaint that costs of the Apollo program have eliminated —...

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