How Apollo Flew to the Moon

How Apollo Flew to the Moon

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Between 1968 and 1972, twenty four daring men journeyed from Earth to the Moon. This fascinating book traces what was a massive accomplishment right from the early launches through manned orbital spaceflights, detailing each step. Out of the battlefields of World War II came the gifted German engineers and designers who developed the V-2 rocket, which evolved into the powerful Saturn V booster that propelled men to the Moon. David Woods tells this exciting story, starting from America's postwar astronautical research facilities. The techniques and procedures developed have been recognised as an example of human exploration at its greatest, demonstrating a peak of technological excellence.
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  • Paperback | 218 pages
  • 170 x 244 x 24mm | 726g
  • Germany
  • English, German
  • 0387518738
  • 9780387518732

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From the reviews: "A space exploration enthusiast from Bearsden has written a book about Apolloa (TM)s journeys to the moon in 1971. a ] David, a post-production editor at BBC Scotland, is keen to point out that his book is a ] aimed at geeks. He was careful to make it as human as possible and accessible for all. He says it is a narrative rather than a manual. His book is entitled a ~How Apollo Flew to the moona (TM) and is available from all good bookshops." (Milngavie & Bearsden Herald, January, 2008) "David has written a book in his spare time, compiled from his extensive research into the manned space missions. The book hea (TM)s produced is a composite mission that follows a virtual flight to the moon from launch to splashdown. a ] Hea (TM)s managed to write a scientific book about the moon that is science-packed, but actually very easy to read. a ] His book has been well received among the international space community but it deserves to be a cross-over success." (Glasgow Sunday Herald, February 2008) "I must personally say that I have found, what I consider, the quintessential book on flying Apollo. If you want to understand the terminology, the various systems, how they functioned together to land on the Moon and return home, then this is the book. While I have written articles on the Apollo Guidance Computer, the star charts used and proofed a new book coming out on the lunar landing, this book explains the mission simply and succinctly. David, this book is really well done." (Larry McGlynn,, March, 2008) "An impressive book about the sequence of NASA Apollo flights that led to and beyond the moon landing in 1969. a ] The bookprovides excellent descriptions of what occurred at each stage of the missions a ] . this one is particularly good at explaining technical issues like orbital mechanics in understandable language. Includes excellent photographs (several in color) and diagrams, a 5-page glossary, a 3-page suggestion for further reading, and a good 20-page index. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readers/libraries." (W. E. Howard, CHOICE, Vol. 45 (10), June, 2008) "This is, quite simply, one of the five best books ever written about the Apollo programme a ] . Most books on Apollo have dealt with the a ~whata (TM) and a ~whena (TM) of the subject; this is the first to go deeply into the a ~howa (TM) of the missions a ] . Accompanying the text are many photos and diagrams, and therea (TM)s also a selection of colour plates. a ] Therea (TM)s so much to absorb in this book a ] . A superb book in all respects!" (Liftoff, Issue 244, March-April, 2008) "A wealth of knowledge regarding the early days of manned space exploration. a ] Woods describes each phase of an Apollo Mission in intimate detail, from the stacking of the booster until the crews are safely abroad the aircraft carrier. a ] Ultimately, it is an easy read. a ] As an armchair historian, I have always wondered about the intricacies on Apollo. Woodsa (TM) book really satisfied my curiosity about systems and people." (James M. Busby, Space Times, Vol. 47 (3), 2008)
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