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  • Series: Springer Praxis Books / Space Exploration
  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2002 edition (August 26, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852335750
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852335755
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,636,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Shayler's painstaking research shines through on every fact-laden page. Photographs, charts and diagrams litter each chapter, helping to build up a comprehensive picture of rarely reported plans, dreams and opportunities. If you have any interest in the history of space exploration, and particularly manned programmes, then this book is something to treasure."
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Robert I. Hedges HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on June 5, 2005
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David Shayler is an extremely knowledgeable and prolific author, and I always enjoy reading his work. This book is filled with enormous amounts of extraordinarily obscure information on the Apollo program. The book is frustrating to read, though, because as an Apollo enthusiast I think the costs saved by canceling Apollo 18 through 20 were a pittance compared to the potential reward forfeited, especially given the enormous fixed costs already spent on the program. The book is, at times, rather (necessarily) speculative, especially in the area of crew complement, inasmuch as Deke Slayton had not announced firm crews for the final missions. I found the book rather tedious in this respect on occasion, and beyond a general discussion of crew rotation and who the front runners for the seats were, could have dispensed with a bit of the more esoteric speculation.

The strongest point of the book for me was, unsurprisingly, also the least speculative, namely the excellent coverage of the planned Apollo 1 and Apollo 13 mission profiles. I had never known much about the Apollo 1 (actually referred to as AS-204 at the time) mission, and had always understood it to be a near duplicate of the later Apollo 7, though it was altered in several ways. Likewise, most people assume that Apollo 14 was the successful version of the Apollo 13 Fra Mauro landing, although there were differences there as well.

Because of these strengths, I gave the book four stars, and it probably deserves four and a half, but I had two main problems with the book: the tedium of crew speculation really began to wear thin by the end of the book; and most annoyingly, there are just loads of spelling and other typographical errors, leading me to wonder where the proofreaders and editors were on this project.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. G Spires on January 17, 2005
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Shayler's work is readable and informative and given the nature of what he is doing -- laying out what the missing moon missions were going to achieve -- it is just a little speculative.

However, what is more interesting to me, in light of NASA's current plans that could get astronauts back on the moon, is the design studies and the diagrams of improved Saturns, six-man lunar capsules and lunar bases. You see the plans were already there to have men and women living on the moon by the mid 1970s and a landing on Mars by 1985. Politics and lack of interest killed those plans.

This book is not just limited to the last three canned Apollo missions -- 18, 19, and 20 -- he shows what Apollo 1 was set for before the fire killed its crew and what Apollo 13 would have done if the exploding tank had not aborted that mission.

This is another win for the Praxis-Springer series because it stands alone as a good book and makes a good teaching tool.
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