About the Book
David L. Cisco looked at the lunar module, with its paper-thin walls and countless switches and dials, and had a moment of doubt. Could this thing really take people to the moon?
In 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin answered that question. But the astronauts had help; an unsung, 400,000-member workforce made the Apollo program—and America’s race to the final frontier—a reality.
As a thirteen-year-old junkyard forklift operator, Cisco never dreamt of being a part of American history. With the chaos of the 1960s swirling around him, this biracial young man decided to give up life in New York for a future as an Apollo technician in Houston.
Moving into the corporate world, Cisco hired some of the first female and African-American airline pilots in the United States. He and his wife later launched a successful travel agency. Along the way, he was elected to public office and worked tirelessly for charity and his community, earning the kid from the junkyard a trip to the White House.
“David knows that what you believe in, you can make happen…
In his book, he shows he was willing to seek the knowledge,
make the commitment and take the risk.”
—Captain Gene Cernan, USN (ret.); commander, Apollo XVII;
Last man on the moon
“What an inspiring story. I think it should be required reading
in high school, especially for those who might pursue
technical careers. It also makes the older reader look inward.”
—Richard Allen, Jr., president and CEO, Space Center Houston
“I thoroughly enjoyed reading David’s book, Full Circle,
which provides an engaging look at one of the people who
took us to the moon more than forty years ago.”
—Bill Foster, lead shuttle (GC) flight controller, Johnson Space Center
“A very American tale and a delight to read.”
—Joseph A Barcio, BS, MA, MSEd, retired educator
and NASA host, Historical Mission Control
“David Cisco’s involvement in humanity’s greatest technological
achievement clearly illustrates that aiming high—and perseverance
in the face of adversity—are qualities that all of us can aspire to.”
—Anu Ojha, director, education and space communications,
UK National Space Centre
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