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From the reviews of the second edition:
“This book was written for those … to learn without the prerequisite degree in aeronautics. … Due to the high level of detail that is paid to virtually all aspects of Apollo, this book is well worth the price and should be considered a must have for space aficionados. … There are additional stories of Apollo’s engineering triumphs both on the surface of the Moon as well as in flight, much of which reflects my continuing journey into the technical achievement that was Apollo.” (Jason Rhian, Aviation Week, March, 2011)
“How Apollo Flew to the Moon is the consummate technical narrative about the Apollo lunar program for the nontechnical reader. … for those who have a long-held interest in the Apollo program and always wondered how things worked this is a treasure trove. … is not only a fun and accessible tech-read but also a very valuable reference book, where you will find detail and minutia that is difficult to find anywhere else. … no comparable work which is so accessible or rewarding to read.” (Rod Pyle, Quest, Vol. 19 (3), 2012)
This new and expanded edition of the bestselling How Apollo Flew to the Moon tells the exciting story of how the Apollo missions were conducted and follows a virtual flight to the Moon and back. New material includes:
- the exploration of the lunar surface;
- more illustrations;
- more technical explanations and anecdotes.
From launch to splashdown, hitch a ride in the incredible Apollo spaceships, the most sophisticated machines of their time. Explore each step of the journey and glimpse the enormous range of disciplines, techniques, and procedures the Apollo crews had to master. Although the tremendous technological accomplishments are well documented, the human dimension is not forgotten, and the book calls on the testimony of the people who were there at the time. A wealth of fascinating and accessible material is provided, including: the role of the powerful Saturn V; the reasoning behind trajectories; the day-to-day concerns of human and spacecraft health; the triumphs and difficulties of working in an unforgiving and hostile environment while surrounded by hard vacuum and pernicious dust; and the sheer daring that was involved in traveling to the Moon in the mid-20th century.
I have read a lot of books on the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs.
I am enormously pleased with the book and I must say that 5 stars are not enough for the assessment, it would take at least 10!
Some books have more detail about a specific topic, but this book covers almost everything with reasonable detail.
This book gives the perfect combination of technical details combined with narrative vignettes and dialog between the astronauts. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Miss Budgie
This book is an outstanding reference and chronicle of the Apollo program. An absolute must-read if you want to learn about the lunar landings.Published 4 months ago by D. Pendleton
I have read a lot of books on the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs. This is far and away the best book covering this topic.Published 5 months ago by Jacqueline
I was born in 1959, and the Apollo program is one of the great memories of my youth. I'm probably a scientist today because of the inspiration it provided for me - countless others... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Tom Dickens
There are a few great books out there on the guidance computer, the engines, the LEM and the program itself. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jim
This is a great overview of the Apollo Moon program.
Very accessible to the lay person, with plenty of technical explanations .
Lots of interesting history and science. Read more
I have a renewed respect for the people involved in the Apollo program! This is probably the most detailed all-encompassing book on the subject available. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Rico Reyes
While space travel and its history has always mildly interested me, I recently became quite a bit more interested in just how it "works", and started looking for a book about the... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Greg S.
I wish I had bought this book before I had bought several others. This one explains everything that I wanted to know in one book. Read morePublished 17 months ago by anymouse