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Project Constellation Pocket Space Guide (Pocket Space Guides) Paperback – February 15, 2007
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Its a compact book but as these types of books date quite quickly, its ideal.
Let there be no mistake here- this is THE first book on the subject, and it will be changed and modified over the next few years as this program shapes up.
Writer McElyea even goes over the possible changes to the program like the use of Ares IV booster instead. His illustrations show the breakdowns of the launchers and spacecraft. He has done a wonderful job at showing how the Orion Spacecraft, lunar lander, Ares I and V rockets will work. Not too technical, not too simplistic.
I heartily recommend this book for all ages. It will be the book in the back pocket for those who are in school now but will someday be riding these mighty vehicles to the Moon and Mars.
The sections on the Ares vehicles is interesting, and shows the Shuttle heritage of the Orion program. The Orion section is a little indistinct, as the Spacecraft is still undergoing design changes, and the section on the Altair Lander is sketchier still, as at the time, they were still referring to it by the acronym LSAM or Lunar Surface Access Module.
This book is great for current readers who are following the current build -up to a Lunar return as well as providing future readers with a historical context to the earlier days of the Second Lunar explorations
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Very good booklet on an exciting new program that our short-sighted president unfortunately cancelled.Published on November 16, 2010 by Roger D. Davis
wonderful book. Would recommend this book to anyone great for the pricePublished on February 24, 2008 by Michelle Dietrich