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Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13 Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 6, 1994
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One fact helped to put the trip into perspective for me. If you have a hand held calculator nearby, pick it up. The chances are the computing power you hold in your hand surpasses that available to the crew in their effort to come home. The movie demonstrated this with slid rules and math completed with paper and pencil. The whole event is almost unimaginable.
The book is worth reading because as hard as it may be to fathom, the actual trip was even more hazardous, the problems even more numerous than the movie portrayed. I am not suggesting the movie was flawed, only that it was limited by time for telling the entire story.
I met Mr. John L. Swigert when I was quite young. My memories are limited but I have a picture that was taken with him that is a treasure. Several years ago I heard Mr. Jim Lovell speak, and his remarks confirmed that the actual trip held hazards the movie did not depict. As he related parts of the story the impression was of a man who was always in control, a leader, and utterly confident in the men he flew with, and those they relied so heavily upon at Houston and other ground facilities.Read more ›
LOST MOON is one of the best of the Apollo books I've read, especially one concerning a single mission. This is also one of the best books about the work of mission control, who were the key figures behind the successful return of the crew. It is as complete a description of this mission as we are ever likely to see. The attention to detail is on a very high level, and the amount of transcripted dialogue is plentiful, well presented, and from a myriad of sources. There are a number of slightly testy exchanges between Lovell's crew and mission control, highlighting the tension of the situation in an honest and unapologetic manner. The examination of exactly how the accident happened, as told in the epilogue, is covered exceptionally well.
An aspect of the book that bothered me was the decision to use a third-person narrative throughout (which is defended unconvincingly in the author's notes). I had never before read any autobiographical account in which the central figure is treated in the third person. Basically, I was looking forward to reading Lovell's descriptions of events using his own voice and experience, and that didn't quite happen. To read Lovell -- one of the most engaging personalities of all the early astronauts -- diminished by such an impersonal, veiled perspective was disappointing.Read more ›
Apollo 13 grabbed the attention of the world and brought back to a confident nation the danger and great risk associated with exploration. On its way to the moon, a tank blew out, causing a partial systems failure and raising the possibility that the three man crew might not be able to return safely to earth -- or even intercept our planet to try a reentry. (they faced the very real possibility of skipping off of the earth's atmosphere and traveling forever through the cosmos).
Although filled with technical talk, this book is very much a human story. It is filled with heros: the astornauts, the men at Mission Control who guided them safely back and the wives who very publicly waited to see if their husbands might be martyred to our scientific ambitions. Lovell puts this all very much into perspective. He gives excellent background of his preparation as well as the planning for the mission. The critical days aboard the spacecraft and at Mission Control as all of the problems associated with bringing him back alive are solved are as fascinating and as absorbing as any Tom Clancy novel.
Lovell tells a great story in a superb manner
Despite my "handicap," I found this book to be highly readable and much more gripping than the movie. I polished it off in about three days. On the other hand, I'm not sure how much I would have understood if I hadn't seen the movie and known (from history) the basic plot. There was also some biographical information about Jim Lovell that I found extraneous to this particular account and some stuff left out that I would have found interesting (like training for the actual moon walk which wasn't even really touched on). An appendix at the end with suggested further reading would also have been a nice touch.
But the two authors do a remarkable job of taking what was basically a technological catastrophe and putting a very real and very human face on it. This is a book I am sure I will read again.
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Great story, not only of Apollo 13, but also of the space program during the 60'sPublished 3 months ago by ED PATAKY
Very interesting book. A must read if you want to know what the design issues were.Published 6 months ago by SHS#7
A riveting, incredibly interesting, detailed book. I'm a fan of NASA and space flight, and I have enjoyed the movie 'Apollo 13' on multiple viewings. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Stevencap
Perhaps one of my favorite books, I have read it many times and this is replacing my first copy I had growing up. A great read for anyone!Published 8 months ago by K. D. Williams
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