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LEM Lunar Excursion Module Familiarization Manual Paperback – May 9, 2011
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Here are some of the major differences that I spotted in my first casual pass through the book:
The LEM Fam Manual describes an electrical system powered by fuel cells, with all the cryo storage and such. The LM that landed on the moon was powered by batteries and didn't have the hydrogen cryo storage system at all and the oxygen cryo system was much simpler. The Fam Manual describes an Ascent Stage with two docking hatches. The LM that landed on the Moon had one, located on the top of the cabin. The Fam Manual describes both descent engine designs; one throttled by helium injection and one that used mechanical throttling, and of course only the mechanically throttled design actually flew. The Fam Manual describes lunar surface operations as being carried out by a single astronaut, while of course both actually got out of the LM to walk on the Moon. All the crew hardware and space suits described in the Fam Manual are early designs that changed dramatically by the time of the first landing in 1969. The displays and controls in the Fam Manual bear almost no resemblance to those on the LMs that landed on the moon.
So there is a wealth of rare information here, but this book definitely does not describe the Lunar Modules that landed on the Moon.
Its interesting to flip through, but what's really lacking is any sort of commentary to explain exactly what you're reading, and what each part actually meant. The first part is the most interesting as it gave a high level idea to the astronauts about what they'd be doing.
The rest of the book is a lot of details without enough context to make it more than a tease. For example, this nugget from page 1-2:
"To satisfy the objectives of the FDTB, engineering data beyond that supplied by the basic LEM instrumentation will be required, This additional data will te accommodated on the development flight by the inclusion of special on-board DFL. This equipment will consist of a number of fm/fm telemetry links that radiate LEM-generated data not required for real-time display, and a single pm/fm unit for real-time control purposes."
So its pretty down in the details. There are not many illustrations, its manual created by engineers for the guys who needed this information.
Interesting reading, although you might be interested in goggling for "LEM Lunar Excursion Module Familiarization Manual" to get a feel for whether you'd like this.
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