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Apollo 11: The NASA Mission Reports Vol 3: Apogee Books Space Series 22 Paperback – May 1, 2002

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After the triumphant Apollo 11 moon landing, NASA issued a complete post-flight mission report that included the observations of the crew and technical details of the flight. This report is now being published as a series for the general public, and the latest entry is Apollo 11: The NASA Mission Reports, Volume Three. Edited by Robert Goodwin (who is compiling all the mission reports from Apollos 8 through 17), the book contains diagrams showing the descent of the lunar module, photos of the lunar surface, medical observations about the human body on the moon and much more. It also comes with a DVD of lunar footage. Though it may be hard for those without an engineering or physics background to parse much of the text, astronomy enthusiasts will enjoy having this historical record nonetheless.
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Product Details

  • Series: Apogee Books Space Series
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Collector's Guide Publishing Inc; Pap/DVD edition (May 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1896522858
  • ISBN-13: 978-1896522852
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,039,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By G. R. S. Godwin on May 15, 2002
Format: Paperback
I know I'm the editors brother, but I'd like to emphasize the amazing never seen before DVD movies that come with this book.
Everyone has seen the 16mm movies footage of the landing on the moon taken from the LM window. The problem has been that the camera ran at varying frame rates, 1ps 6ps and 12ps. This made it almost impossible to sync up the audio with the pictures, until new technology came along. Now Rob has not only put the audio over the video precisely, but has also cleaned up and filtered the never heard before onboard voice recorder. Never heard before because it was lousy quality. Enter the new technology again and he has been able to clean it up and present an audible version. So now whilst watching the video of the landing, you can hear Neil in left channel, PAO/Houston in right channel and Buzz in the middle. Also complete with subtitles so you can actually read what they said, and finally a small animation of the LM picture in frame to see the attitude of the LM at any particular moment. It is Truly amazing!
On the EVA, there is the whole 90 plus minutes of the 16mm again synced up with the audio...no mean feat! The timeline includes the NTSC picture in frame as well as High res photo pop ups that appear at the moment they were actually taken.
This is the best rendition of the Apollo 11 mission I have ever seen on film. I might be biased but I think Rob has raised the bar once again for us Space aficionados.
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Robert Godwin has given the armchair space historian the best report ever to understand the first lunar landing.
Apogee Books newest entry into their NASA mission reports series, Apollo 11-Vol.3, has more information, and allows everyone to understand the complexities that led to the accomplishment of the lunar landing.
For the first time we can read and see thru NASA illistrations and drawings not only what worked, but what did not. You can finally understand, why the "Eagle" landed farther down range than they estimated before launch- and how Houston HAD to know where Armstrong and Aldrin were so they would meet with Collins in the command ship! Did you know that they almost had to abort the landing because they steerable antenna was mis-aligned? or why the voices echoed coming from the Moon? You will find out here, my friend!
Mr. Godwin has also put in their first DVD, an incredable look thru all the cameras available at Mankinds first lunar stroll.
This is the document we wish we had when we put together the scripts for our Miniseries!
James M. Busby
Technical Advisor
HBO's "From the Earth to the Moon"
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It is meant as no disservice to say that the accompanying DVD will be the reason for many buying this book. I would rate this book and DVD much higher if I could: for Godwin's dedication to the entire series, for the the book itself and for a unique and amazing DVD.
The book is what we've grown to expect from Godwin: in this case a thorough treatise centred on the Apollo 11 post-flight mission report. In it you'll find details of mission anomalies: the Program Alarms that threatened the landing are covered in definitive detail and interestingly an anomaly with an oxygen tank in the Service Module that sounds awfully like Apollo 13...
But it is the DVD that truly excels. And what a package this is! After 30-odd years you can now appreciate seeing the moon walk nearly perfectly synchronised from the LEM window on colour film and from the monochrome TV camera. In addition the panoramae and stills pop-up at the time they were taken. An unbelievable achievement for Godwin for which I suggest he receives a NASA award (if such exist for maximum dedication). I hope that I am not considered too churlish in saying that the monochrome surface video isn't the best quality version I've seen, but please note, that is a minor comment.
The pleasant surprise is that the DVD is double-sided... And on the flipside you'll be treated (amongst a wealth of 16mm silent footage) to the onboard tape recorder and Earth-Moon comms spread across the stereo soundstage, synchronised with the entire powered descent from around 50000ft. This shows to me - a true space devotee since the early 1960s - for the first time a major appreciation of what the landing was like. Now you can see what the crew saw as they landed within 20 seconds of an abort.
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Robert Godwin and Apogee Books have, over the past three years, compiled a variety NASA documents, press kits, crew interviews and the like, which recount the early days of the space race, focusing on the Apollo missions. This time, they have released a third volume of information dedicated in the first lunar landing of Apollo 11, which includes a DVD of the lunar EVA and an excellent companion NASA publication. Apollo 11 was the only the third manned mission to the moon. This mission was commanded by Neil Armstrong who was accompanied to the surface by Buzz Aldrin with Michael Collins as the Command Module pilot. This latest entry deserves at least 6 stars and two thumbs up.
As is evident from this reviewer's comments as well as all of the other reviewer's comments, the primary reason to purchase this book is the DVD. This two-sided DVD contains the entire video and 16mm footage, plus many still pictures of the first moonwalk on one side and the entire 16mm camera footage on the other. It is clear to me and I'm sure from anyone who has watched this DVD, that this compilation was clearly a labor of love and to date is the most impressive video of any of the lunar EVA explorations that I have ever seen. What makes this DVD so impressive is that the producer has combined the video, 16 mm camera footage and audio transmission into one single presentation. This combined presentation, clearly allows the viewer comprehend all the activities that were undertaken during the Apollo 11 moonwalk. Furthermore, when one of the astronauts takes a still picture, the image appears on the screen and gives the viewer a clear idea of how, by whom and where the picture was taken.
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