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Lunar and Planetary Rovers: The Wheels of Apollo and the Quest for Mars (Springer Praxis Books / Space Exploration) Paperback – August 1, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0387307749 ISBN-10: 0387307745 Edition: 2007th

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  • Series: Springer Praxis Books / Space Exploration
  • Paperback: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2007 edition (August 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0387307745
  • ISBN-13: 978-0387307749
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.9 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #431,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"To this reviewer’s knowledge, this is the first book ever published on one of the most remarkable space vehicles ever built: the Apollo Lunar Roving Vehicle, or LRV. … It is both very readable and very informative, and the many illustrations are excellent, including two sections of good-quality colour plates. Many of these images have never been published before. Definitely recommended." (David Maclennan, Liftoff, Issue 239, 2007)

"Aerospace historian Young has prepared a history of the design, development, and deployment of the Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV) on the moon as part of the Apollo 15, 16, and 17 missions. … The book is well organized, with many color and black-and-white photographs. … A book for those in all areas of space science and engineering and in the history of space exploration. Summing Up: Recommended. All levels." (A. M. Strauss, CHOICE, Vol. 44 (10), June, 2007)


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I was looking for research from GMDRL (the LRV wheels - and many vehicle concepts) came from there. Not enough background (history) in the book.
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By Robert P. Shaw on September 21, 2013
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This book covers a couple of subjects, and covers them well.

If the Apollo LRV is your thing, fine and dandy. Similarly, though briefly, the MERs. But if you expected a review of Lunar and Planetary Rovers, No.

No US Surveyor Rover, no Project Prospector; no Soviet Mars rovers, even though one actually landed; just a passing mention of the Lunakhods. No mention of the long history of rover concepts, other than the US industrial ones. No thought of comet and asteroid jumpers, Titan or Venus. Viking 3? Forget it! And as for Viking Phobos... ...all missing.

In short, you've got half a book here. If it was titled "Apollo LRV and MER Development" then fine; but it isn't, so it gets two stars, purely for the wildly wrong title. What were the editors at SP thinking of?

Do a search for Phil Stooke's OU Lunar and Martian books - even in the margins, he covers the broad history to a far better degree.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Clow on April 24, 2011
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Anthony Young's book on our wheels on other worlds is essential reading for anyone who wants truly to appreciate the challenges of exploring other worlds.
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