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on January 31, 2013
This manual is a fascinating document for anyone interested in the details of the development of the LM. The LM that finally flew just three years later was a very, very different vehicle than the one described in this manual. So if you are looking for a book that describes the Lunar Module that landed on the moon, this is not the book for you. On the other hand, if you want a detailed description of the early design of the LM then this is a gold mine of information. This book has information on the early design of the LM that I haven't seen in print anywhere else.

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.
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on July 31, 2017
Very high quality reprint of an original. The panel pictures, while perhaps reduced from what may have been foldouts in the original, are nevertheless very clear. Contrasted with the same thing in the "Apollo Spacecraft Familiarization" manual which covers the Command Module in the same detail, the reproduction of the LEM manual is sharp and clear. The 8x10 size is a plus too.
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on August 6, 2013
Wow what a great book. recommend it highly if you are into the technical aspect of the lunar module. Most books are full of fluff (for lack of a better term). This reprint of Grummans manual is quite technical which is what I yearned for since i am an apollo geek! If you too want the nuts and bolts of the lunar module this, from the manufacturer of the Lunar Module, can't be beat.
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on March 14, 2014
Published in 1964 according to the inside title page. It was interesting to see this earlier version of the LEM. I noticed it was still called the LEM first and then saw the round front hatch, which was subsequently changed to a square shape. I would recommend this with Tom Kelly's book "Moon Lander" as a companion because, by itself, it doesn't explain the "why" of things.
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on August 3, 2016
Print quality is awful. Can't read most of it, pics are horrible. Looks like it was photo copied on a cheap copying machine!
Good info but unreadable.
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on January 3, 2015
Yeah ! For anyone long-harboring the curiosity for how this system was put together, or for anyone seeking a feel for what real-world life-and death engineering is concerned about... this series of manuals are quite satisfying.
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on December 15, 2014
Very accurate description of the Lunar Module.
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on March 15, 2012
Although this is a manual of the first Lunar Module (cover can be seen round the door, the first series of mockups) and Frank Borman with the helmet of the first prototype suit Apollo, is the basis of what would become the Manual Lunar Module then land on moon in 1969. Great book.
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on November 26, 2012
This manual was written prior to the finalization of the overall design of the moon lander. The moon lander is still refferred to as the "Lunar Excursion Module" and not the later "Lunar Module" and still has the round exit hatch. Interesting background detail but somehow expected more information.
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on December 15, 2012
This is a very good look at the lunar module and it give detailed information how they made it and
of all the systems and subsytems a nice informative book to add to a collection of space books i recommend this one!
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