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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Haynes Publishing UK (January 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844256839
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844256839
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 8.3 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #264,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr Christopher Riley is a broadcaster and film-maker specializing in history and science documentaries. In 2004 he won the Sir Arthur Clarke award for the BBC1 blockbuster series Space Odyssey: Voyage to the Planets. His latest film In the Shadow of the Moon: The Story of the Apollo Astronauts, won the World Cinema Audience Award in 2007.
Dr Christopher Riley, a former planetary scientist, is a historian of human space flight and director of over 100 TV programmes on his subjectW. David Woods has studied the engineering behind the Apollo programme for nearly 20 years, and edits and curates NASAÆs Apollo Flight Journal (AFJ).Phillip Dolling is a multi-award winning Executive Producer at the BBC, responsible for many of the corporationÆs flagship factual strands.

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Christopher Riley is a writer, broadcaster and film maker specialising in the history of science. He holds a doctorate from Imperial College and is a Visiting Professor of Science and Media at the University of Lincoln.

He has directed and produced on over one hundred programmes for the BBC - including their flagship science and technology strand 'Tomorrow's World' and the cult science show 'Rough Science'. He was the producer of the BBC's blockbuster drama documentary 'Space Odyssey - Voyage to the Planets', and conceived, produced and directed on the Sundance award winning feature documentary film 'In the Shadow of the Moon'. He was the producer of the restorated director's cut of NASA's original Apollo doc Moonwalk One, released on DVD for the 40th Anniversary of Apollo 11 in 2009.

He is the producer and director of the unique Yuri Gagarin 50th Anniversary film project First Orbit; which collaborated with ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli to film a new view of what Yuri Gagarin would have seen on his pioneering orbit of the Earth in 1961. The film is available on DVD and BluRay from Amazon, subtitled into 30 languages.

During the summer of 2011 he produced a film with Kevin Fong for BBC TWO on the final flight of NASA's Space Shuttle. In 2012 he produced a film about the Voyager missions for BBC FOUR, presented by Dallas Campbell, and directed a major biopic on Neil Armstrong for the BBC. His 2013 films include 'The Fantastic Mr Feynman' - a biography of the nobel prize winning physicist Richard Feynman, broadcast to celebrate what would have been his 95th birthday.

Chris is the author of more than thirty articles and books on astronomy and planetary science and regularly lectures on this and other topics. His book for Haynes on Apollo 11 - 'an owner's workshop manual', was published in June 2009 and made it into Amazon's top ten science books of the year list.

Chris wrote the chapter on Gagarin's visit to London in the 2011 British Council book 'Gagarin in Britain'.

He is a contributing author to Faber and Faber's 2012 book 'Big Questions from Little People', and has co-authored a chapter in the 2012 book International Cooperation for the Development of Space, from the Aerospace Technology Working Group, a non-profit Space Policy and Program Innovation Center.

His latest book for Haynes, on the Lunar Rover was published in late 2012.

Customer Reviews

The color photos are excellent.
Nohr F. Tillman
I think this is *THE* book to have if you want the history and technology of the Apollo Space Program.
S. Kosloske
I loved it, I read it 2 times cover to cover!
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Michael D. Fisher on March 17, 2010
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After the seemingly endless delays, I finally got this book. And was immediately disappointed. As an 'Apollo Junkie(tm)' I expected what the title promised - an owners' workshop manual. No, I didn't expect a set of blueprints and plans, but I DID expect a more detailed look at the hardware. Everything in this book is a rehash of hundreds of previous Apollo books. I found no serious discussions about engineering, dimensions, etc.

I'm STILL searching for a book with a good, solid set of dimensions on the LM. Maybe tomorrow.

However, as a standalone book about Apollo, this was a good one. I'll give it three stars for that.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Evil Genius on November 30, 2009
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I got my manual and found it very impressive. The pictures are great and it looks at the whole mission, the hardware, and spacecraft. The detailed drawings are detailed but a little blurry at times. They could have used a little digital enhancement, not a turn off for me. Since the original drawings were done by hand they are true depictions of what was available at the time. I have looked at the book casually the last few days and like it a lot. I went to Johnson space center and saw the Saturn V and now know a lot more about what it was that I saw. Neat book, I recommend it. Not overly engineered but not dumbed down either. It's Technician level. It is not a personal narrative but a look at the engineering and design needed to achieve the goal. I recommend this, I liked it, and will put it into my personal collection on "The Shelf".
If you would like to see historical technical drawings go to [...]
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By S. Kosloske on December 21, 2009
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I think this is *THE* book to have if you want the history and technology of the Apollo Space Program. It really does cover it all, from the sci-fi drawings of how a possible space mission would work, to the early planning, all of the versions of the Apollo rockets and missions, etc. etc. etc. etc.

Very well done. You get a ton of diagrams showing how it all fit together, the limits of the technology at the time, and how they amazingly got it all working perfectly.

Worth the price for the pictures of the consoles alone.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Edward R. Wendell IV on November 8, 2011
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Don't believe the cover. I bought this book because I'm a sucker for Haynes manuals. I've been using their books to repair my cars for almost two decades and I expected that this book would be like the car manuals, technical and comprehensive. It's not. If you've watched "From the Earth to the Moon" and "Moon Machines" and read the Apollo Wikipedia page then you already know everything that's in this book and then some. It's more of a history book than anything. If you took a good print encyclopedia article and fleshed it out this is what you'd get. No engineering level technical drawings or documentation, no assembly or operational guides, in short, a dearth of the kind of information that a true geek is looking for. It will look good on your bookshelf next to the greasy fingerprint covered car manuals but that's it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Fred on July 10, 2010
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I bought this book because of the layout of the cover. I have owned quite a few Haynes manuals through the years and I couldn't help but chuckle when I saw it. The inside is filled with enough detail to keep any space fan reading. The only thing that would have made this better would have been if, like the other Haynes manuals, it would have been "based on a complete teardown and rebuild."
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bryan D. Sears on March 23, 2010
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An unrealized concept. However, this is another nice Apollo Mission book in a new wrapper.The authors mention their own failure to live up to the possibilities of this workshop manual idea by stating that there are simply too many plans and pieces for the all the hardware, and some parts were changed and created without much documentation. I would have liked the chance to see the content of the book beforehand to make a more informed choice.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mitch on January 12, 2012
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I liked it, for the average joe an above average book. Of course its not as you would expect from a Haynes manual, How could it be at 196 pages?
But what you do get is a well produced and illustrated overview of the LV and Apollo stack. Its true we've seen a lot of the material here, but some is a little more obscure and entertaining for browsing (space suits etc). Its a good companion as stated in other reviews here to watching the videos (In the Apollo 13 movie they got the S1C paint scheme wrong. see page 34 and compare )or looking at the real thing in the USA. It Brings a lot of different elements together and presents them to you in an attractive way. If you want more details get Stages to Saturn or the flight Manuals, failing that there are still the microfilm blueprints with NASA.
Still it may help with the right answers to entertaining pub quiz questions (i actually heard these answers given): first man on the moon , Lance Armstrong, capt of 13 , Tom Hanks !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By William Bradley on April 14, 2010
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As an avid backyard mechanic and lifelong space buff, the thought of an Apollo owners manual was something I couldn't pass up. It's great for the coffee table novelty value. Glossy hardcover with lots of nice pictures, many of which are relatively unseen.
The down side is that for a "shop manual" you'd expect lots of equipment diagrams and dissections of the actual hardware. There are diagrams and descriptions of the various machines, but that takes up maybe half a dozen pages at most throughout the book. Not enough to even begin to satisfy the space tech geek.
If you buy this, do so for the novelty value. If you want to go in depth on the technology, go online because you won't find much to satisfy you here.
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