John Halajian’s Book Features NASA’s Moon Landing Program

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Literary work provides a compelling tour into the fascinating world of lunar exploration

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In an article published by the Huffington Post on July 12, 2012, the discovery of the fifth moon orbiting Pluto may make it difficult for the team in charge of New Horizons, the first spacecraft ever built to visit the dwarf planet. Nonetheless, if one takes a closer glimpse into history, he will realize that the possibilities of moon exploration programs are endless. With the many accomplishments of space exploration programs, people’s attention will always go back to the first-ever moon landing just a few decades ago in 1969. This momentous time in history was made possible by the ingenuity and brilliance of a group of men from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NASA. One of the pioneers of this program was John Halajian, a hardworking and passionate engineer who greatly contributed to NASA’s projects. His works and creations are compiled in the book Moon Stories.

Moon Stories: A Roadmap to Lunar Exploration and Beyond retells Halajian's journey and contribution to the lunar science and space exploration program that landed men on the moon in the 1960s. As a consultant for NASA in lunar science and exploration, Halajian had also pioneered technologies such as digital imaging. Many of his ideas had come into physical forms through his determined spirit and brilliant mind.

His story is one of hard work and determination for advancements tickling the imaginations of the scientific community. Not only a story of science and technology, Moon Stories is the tale of one man, his passion for knowing the unknown, and mankind's desire to reach beyond the here and now. Halajian had passed away, but his works live on for the rest of world to see.

This book was featured at the BookExpo America in New York City, NY last May 26-28, 2011.

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About the Author
John Halajian is an engineer who pioneered the scientific exploration of the moon. He is a student of Armenian sacred architecture. Born in Damascus, Syria, on January 1, 1926, he completed his primary and secondary education in the French Jesuit School. He received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and architecture at the American University of Beirut. He pursued a Master’s Degree at Harvard University. Shortly after graduating, he got married and had four daughters.

He was employed at Grumman Aerospace in Bethpage, Long Island, and was recruited to provide his expertise in soil mechanics for the purpose of developing a proposal for NASA regarding the manned lunar landing mission. Halajian’s research also led him to other area levels, and through his work, he co-invented a pioneering version of the digital camera. Halajian was also known as a writer of essays on a variety of subjects.

Moon Stories * by John Halajian
A Road Map to Lunar Exploration and Beyond
Trade Paperback; $12.99; 194 pages; 978-1602475281

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