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I Was a Teenage Space Reporter

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A book that looks back at the first manned mission to land on the Moon, and forward to mankind’s future in space.

A journalistic approach to the space race of the 60s, and the future of commercial space travel.

Written by the only college journalist accredited by NASA to cover the 1969 Apollo 11 launch and first landing on the Moon

The book shares the excitement, fears, planning, and hard work that led to the first landing on the Moon.

Engaging writing with original photos.

While the excitement of the first landing on the Moon was unique, there are many firsts in space to come in the decades ahead.

Book Details

ISBN: 978-0-9991871-2-8

FORMAT: 198x129mm

Bookbinding: Paperback

Number of pages: 256


David Chudwin MD decided to go into medicine instead of journalism, but his Apollo 11 experiences led to a lifelong interest in space exploration. Chudwin has written about Apollo 11 in a variety of media outlets and has spoken about Apollo 11 at schools and at space meetings, including Spacefest. Chudwin was the only teenager to be granted a press pass for the 1969 moon landing.


While in the astronaut training ‘pipeline’ for an Apollo mission, I served as CAPCOM and Lunar Module Checkoutastronaut on Support Crews for Apollos 9, 10, and 13. In fact, I was the CAPCOM who answered that fateful call from Apollo 13, ‘Houston, we’ve had a problem!’ Follow the riveting stories from those exciting and historic days of the Apollo program in this book by Dr David Chudwin, my fellow graduate from the University of Michigan.

Jack Lousma, Astronaut, Apollo 13 CAPCOM, Skylab 2 Pilot and STS-3 Commander

Seeing Apollo 11’s launch through the memories of a wide-eyed teenage outsider is remarkable: a homegrown reminiscence from someone fortunate to be a witness to humankind’s greatest engineering triumph.

Francis French, Space historian and Director of Education, San Diego Air and Space Museum

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