NASA Moon Missions Operations Manual

NASA Moon Missions Operations Manual : 1969-1972 (Apollo 12, 14, 15, 16 and 17)

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Apollo 17 was the last of six Moon landings carrying astronauts to different places on the lunar surface. The last three flights were greatly extended in duration, providing opportunity for three full working days on the surface. Each carried a Lunar Roving Vehicle, as well as a complex suite of science instruments that would continue to send back information for eight years after the crew returned to Earth. This book majors on the hardware and the instruments developed for Apollo 15-17, and describes the engineering modifications to the Lunar Module and the Apollo spacecraft for this greatly expanded role, following on from the two H-series missions, Apollos 12 and 14. As it tracks the story of the flights it provides detailed descriptions and line drawings of equipment and experiments developed for these missions. The book concludes with details of the original plan for the remainder of the Apollo programme - Moon vehicles and habitats, orbiting stations and surface base camps.
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  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 210 x 270 x 17.78mm | 615g
  • J H Haynes & Co Ltd
  • Somerset, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 300 Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1785212109
  • 9781785212109
  • 229,521

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When President Kennedy set the Moon as the goal for American astronauts in May 1961, he could not have envisaged the enormity of the project, which resulted in the successful first landing on the lunar surface in July 1969. But that was just the start of an exciting series of missions to our nearest celestial neighbour that would gather valuable information about the origin of the Moon and about the Earth–Moon system, leaving behind scientific experiments which continued to send back information for several years after the last Apollo astronauts returned to Earth.
The story of Apollo has been told many times, but most accounts stop at the first landing. This book picks up where others have left off, and describes the five post-Apollo 11 Moon landings, defined as technical developments built upon engineering excellence. It was only through the robust design adopted when aerospace contractors first designed and built the Apollo spacecraft and the Lunar Module that successive evolutions were possible, taking lunar-landing operations far beyond what had first been envisaged.
This book is not intended to tell the full story of each mission, but rather to describe the technical development of spacecraft and equipment necessary to grow the capability from a single EVA (‘moonwalk’) of less than three hours, to advanced missions where astronauts spent three full working days exploring their landing sites. With the aid of a Lunar Roving Vehicle, they collected a wide variety of rocks and soil, and left a range of instruments at the surface powered by a thermonuclear generator.
As interest grows in humans returning to the Moon, 50 years on from those pioneering days of lunar exploration, we look again at what was accomplished at the dawn of the Space Age, spurred on by a political goal and developed as a tool for science. The Apollo era expressed the desire of humans to explore, to push through boundaries and to reach new goals. The story of the Apollo Moon missions is an expression of those achievements.
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Table of contents

1 Introduction
2 Prelude
Building Apollo
3 Development flights
C-1 Apollo 7
C' Apollo 8
D-1 Apollo 9
F-1 Apollo 10
G-1 Apollo 11
4 The Operational Missions
H-1 Apollo 12
H-3 Apollo 14
5 The J-Series Missions
Command and Service Module Upgrade
Extended Lunar Module
Lunar Roving Vehicle
J-1 Apollo 15
J-2 Apollo 16
J-3 Apollo 17
6 Going Back
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About David Baker

Dr David Baker worked with NASA on the Gemini, Apollo and Shuttle programmes between 1965 and 1990. He has written more than 100 books on space flight, aviation and military technology, and had more than 1,000 articles published. David is currently the editor of Spaceflight, the monthly space news magazine of the British Interplanetary Society, of which he is also a Fellow.
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