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NASA Mission AS-506 Apollo 11 1969 (including Saturn V, CM-107, SM-107, LM-5): 50th Anniversary Special Edition - An insight into the hardware from ... to land on the moon (Owners' Workshop Manual) Hardcover – Special Edition, May 21, 2019
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The Birth of NASA and the Mercury Seven
On the 1st October 1958 NASA officially opened for business, with an annual budget of $340 million. Project Mercury – to place the first man in space began within a week and NASA took delivery of its first human rated Mercury capsule on the 1st April 1960. After a long fight the Army’s Ballistic Missile Agency was finally transferred to NASA on July 1st that year, bringing with it von Braun’s heavy lift rocket technology. The names of NASA’s first astronauts ‘the Mercury Seven’ were announced to the world just ten weeks later on the 17th December 1958 – the fifty-fifth anniversary of the Wright Brothers’ flight.
Informal photograph of the Mercury Seven, NASA’s first selection of astronauts, in front of a Mercury Capsule and a larger Apollo capsule mock-up to the left. From left to right they are; Gordon Cooper, Wally Schirra (hidden), Alan Shepard, Gus Grissom, John Glenn, Deke Slayton and Scott Carpenter. (NASA)
Apollo 11 prime crew
Neil Armstrong, Commander – Apollo 11
Neil Alden Armstrong was born on his grandparent’s farm in Auglaize County, Ohio on the 5th August 1930. He was introduced to his first aircraft at the age of six when he got his first flight in a Ford Tri-Motor ‘Tin Goose’. He had his pilot’s licence by the age of 16. Fascinated by flight, he built a small wind tunnel in the basement of his home to experiment with the model planes he was designing and building. After leaving Blume High School in 1947, Armstrong won a US Navy scholarship to study aeronautical engineering at Purdue University. Two years later he had to suspend his studies, when he was called up to active service.
Michael Collins, Command Module Pilot, Apollo 11
Michael Collins was born in Rome, Italy on the 31st October 1930, where his father Major General James Lawton Collins was stationed at the time. During his years growing up the family lived all over the United States and even spent time in Puerto Rico, where he had his first flight in a plane called a Grumman Widgeon. He attended St Albans School in Washington D.C. and then chose to follow his father and uncle into the armed services – attending the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. From here he picked the Air Force – striking out away from the US Army where his family were so well connected.
Buzz Aldrin, Lunar Module Pilot, Apollo 11
Buzz Aldrin, (originally named Edwin Eugene Aldrin) was born on the 20th January 1930 in Montclair, New Jersey. He attended Montclair High School, New Jersey and went on to study at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York for a Bachelor of Science degree, graduating in 1951. The following year he received his Air Force wings from Bryan, Texas and went on to serve with the 51st Fighter Interceptor Wing – flying 66 combat missions during the Korean War in F-86 Sabre fighter jets. He went on to fly F-100 Super Sabre jets as a flight commander with the 36th Tactical Fighter Wing at Bitburg, Germany before taking leave to study for a doctorate in guidance for manned orbital rendezvous at MIT.
President John F Kennedy Rice University, 1962
‘… we shall send to the Moon a giant rocket more than 300 feet tall – made of new metal alloys some of which have not been invented, capable of withstanding heat and stresses greater than have ever been experienced before, fitted with a precision better than the finest watch, carrying all the equipment for propulsion, guidance, control, communications, food and survival on an untried mission to an unknown celestial body and then returning it safely to Earth, re-entering the atmosphere at speeds of over 25,000 miles per hour, causing heat about half that on the temperature of the Sun …’
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About the Author
Dr. Christopher Riley is a broadcaster and filmmaker 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 film In the Shadow of the Moon: The Story of the Apollo Astronauts, won the World Cinema Audience Award in 2007.
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- Publisher : Motorbooks; Anniversary, Special edition (May 21, 2019)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 212 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0760366578
- ISBN-13 : 978-0760366578
- Item Weight : 2.05 pounds
- Dimensions : 8.55 x 0.75 x 10.9 inches
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Worst of all, this book is riddled with historical and technical errors, including some new ones introduced by the 50th-anniversary edition. I got so frustrated reading this book I compiled a list of all the ones I came across. Skip the next bit if you're not a space geek.
Page 11: Photo of a later two-stage R7 launch misidentified as being the launch of Sputnik 1.
Page 11: Implied that six unsuccessful satellite launches were attempted prior to Sputnik 1 and that Korolev disobeyed Khrushchev's order to cancel the program. Neither is true.
Page 19: The EOR proposal would have required several smaller boosters, such as the Saturn I or C-3, not the Saturn V.
Page 26: There were 20 seconds of fuel onboard "Eagle" before a mandatory abort, not 20 seconds of fuel in total.
Page 28: Gemini 10 only docked with the first of the two Agenas it rendezvoused with, not both.
Page 29: Jim Lovell was the pilot of Gemini 7, not Gemini 6A.
Page 36: Specific Impulse is described as the "combined momentum of all these [gas] molecules." It's actually a measure of fuel efficiency and exhaust velocity.
Page 43: The Saturn IB is described as exposing the crew to only "1g of extra load" during launch. Peak acceleration during Apollo 7 was 4.28g.
Page 43: The Apollo spacecraft (CSM and LM together) is described as weighing "nearly 100 tons." The heaviest launched spacecraft weighed "only" about 107,000 pounds.
Page 51: The story about local Seal Beach surfers helping to solve the S-II bulkhead insulation problem seems to be completely apocryphal, and I can't find a source for it outside of a single Facebook post.
Page 54: A series of photos showing the S-IVB separating during AS-202 captioned as showing "a view from the second stage of Apollo 3's Saturn 1B watching the third stage J-2 engine ignite." The view is from the first stage, and the Saturn IB only had two stages.
Page 57: Apollo 4 is described as traveling at over 1,100mph by the time it had reached an altitude of 6,500 ft. It took around 90 seconds to reach this speed, at which point the vehicle was well above 6,500 feet.
Page 64: "OPS" was an acronym for "Oxygen Purge System," not "Optical Alignment System."
Page 79: The fully loaded mass of the Service Module is given as "51 tons." Apollo 11's SM had a mass of 51,244 pounds.
Page 108: A picture of Walt Cunningham looking out of window 4 on Apollo 7 is captioned as him "getting to grips with the sextant star sighting system."
Page 114: Stated that seven Lunar Modules are on the Moon's surface today. There were only six manned Apollo landings.
Page 115: The Lunar Module mock-up depicted on this page doesn't have a ladder as stated in the caption.
Page 119: The LM descent engine is described as producing "less force than the weight of a newborn baby" at minimum throttle. At the lowest throttle setting, it actually produced 1,050 lb-f.
Page 127: Apollo 5's ascent stage completed seven orbits, not the five described here. The descent stage remained in orbit 21 days.
Page 130: Apollo 10 is described as being too heavy to land and lift off again. The LM actually weighed about 2,500 pounds less than Apollo 11, but only carried half as much ascent stage propellant.
Page 150: Implied that the definitive A7L suit was flexible enough to play football in. The astronauts actually complained about how stiff the joints were when the suit was pressurized, which resulted in new suits being designed for the last three Apollo missions.
Page 150: The outer suit was composed of 13 layers of material, not 21.
Page 153: Although the surface temperature on the Moon CAN vary between +154c in sunlight and -120c in shade, it's extremely unlikely the astronauts would have actually encountered these extremes at the same time, considering the landings all occurred shortly after sunrise.
Page 175: The Apollo 8 backup crew was not the same as the Apollo 11 prime crew; Neil Armstrong was CDR, Buzz Aldrin CMP, Fred Haise LMP.
Page 177: Apollo 13 was no longer on a free return trajectory when the explosion occurred.
Page 177: The SM was jettisoned before the LM on Apollo 13, not afterward.
Page 178: The problem on Apollo 16 involved an unstable SPS yaw gimbal, not the "back-up guidance system."
Page 179: Apollo 15-17 are described as having returned "well over half a tonne" of samples. The actual total was 625 pounds.
Page 182: Blue Origin was founded in 2000, not 1999.
Page 184: Suggested that the Falcon 9 Stage 1 booster reenters the atmosphere at "17-25 times the speed of sound." During the NROL-76 flight, the booster was traveling about 1,100 meters/second at 50 kilometers altitude during reentry, slightly more than three times the speed of sound.
Page 196: The first stage of the SpaceX Starship is described as "over three and a half times" more powerful than the S-IC. The Falcon Super Heavy will actually generate slightly less than twice as much thrust.
Page 197: Falcon BFR's LEO payload capability given as 550 tons and liftoff thrust as 128 Meganewtons. SpaceX's own website says 150 tons and 52.7 Meganewtons.
Page 198: Apollo 8 was not the first manned spacecraft to pass through the Van Allen belts; Gemini 10 had done so two years earlier.
Page 203: Skylab I was the last unmanned flight of a Saturn V, not Apollo 6.
Page 206: The Apollo 9 IU couldn't have burned up in Earth's atmosphere if the S-IVB is still in heliocentric orbit.
I'd hoped that Haynes would have fixed some of the errors for this edition, but I guess not. Skip this one and check out W David Woods' "How Apollo Flew to the Moon" or Haynes' other Apollo manuals instead.
I’m not sure how this version differs from the non-anniversary edition of this book, but I’m thrilled with it regardless!
I may now begin to collect the rest of this series!