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The Rocket Team: Apogee Books Space Series 36 Hardcover – September 1, 2003

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For the first time The Rocket Team is now accompanied by a DVD-Video featuring nearly five hours of rare footage of the Rockt Team's extraordinary legacy.

This remarkable collection includes hours of rare historical footage of early German rocket pioneers from the 1920's.

A host of video clips of rocket launches from the 1920's to the 1960's including a documentary on America's first satellite Explorer 1.

Two extremely rare lectures by Wernher von Braun, filmed ten years apart, explaining his vision for manned space flight.

Very low-generation color film footage of the V-2 being launched in the 1940's from Peenemunde and White Sands, New Mexico.

The final tests before America ventured into space is featured in documentaries aout the early flights of von Braun's Redstone.

Official government footage explaining the huge undertaking that became von Braun's Saturn rocket with period animations.

The first primates in space were the famous Able-Baker monkeys. A documentary from the early days of the space race explores their flight.

A tribute to Mr Missile Major General Holger Toftoy, the man who brought the Rocket Team together in America.

About the Author

Frederick I. Ordway III worked with Wernher von Braun at the former Army Ballistic Missile Agency and later at the NASA-Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. He is the author of over 30 books on the subject of space flight, rocketry, and space sciences.

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Product Details

  • Series: Apogee Books Space Series
  • Hardcover: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Collector's Guide Publishing, Inc.; Har/DVD edition (September 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1894959000
  • ISBN-13: 978-1894959001
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 6.8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,584,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The author provides an interesting insider's view of von Braun's rocket team. However, the book suffers from poor editing: names of cities in Germany and Belgium are quite simply incorrect. It also seems to me that the measurements of the missiles mentioned in the book cannot possibly be correct; they are given as metric, but are no doubt recalculations of English engineering units. The results are ludicrous. Range of the A4 is given as a convenient conversion of miles; engine diameter is a conversion of 1 foot, etc. If you are interested in a good read you will find lots of hard to find historical anecdotes in this book, but for me the story is spoiled and seriously flawed due to the aforementioned inconsistencies. Unfortunately this is not atypical for these kinds of histories. Some serious editing required!
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This edition of this book is full of errors and typos that make me ashamed I bought it. I have the original edition and there were a few errors there but this one has even more including misspellings that weren't in the original. I've e-mailed the editor of Apogee a few because I'm giving up. So far, they are:

Page 22, second paragraph: you have "Verein für Raunuchiffart" instead of the correct "Verein für Raumschiffahrt". Bad misspelling and not misspelled in the original.
Page 22: "Frau im Mond" is better translated as "Girl in the Moon"
Page 23: last paragraph, and page 26: "... Raketenflugplatz, Berlin was .." should have had a comma after Berlin
Page 33, fifth paragraph: you state "... Oak Ridge, Tennesse, where the atomic bomb was developed ..." is wrong. The sole purpose of Oak Ridge was the extraction and concentration of the Uranium-235 isotope. The atomic bomb was developed at Los Alamos, NM.
Page 38: the third paragraph identified girls as "Messfrauen" then, two lines later, there's a typo calling them "Mess-frauen". The hypen was in the 1979 book because of a line change. It should not have been kept. Also, in the same paragraph you have ""Tapeten-fraune" when the correct is "Tapetenfrauen" as there's no need for the hyphen.

That's as far as I've gotten and I give up. There are a number of other books that discuss the creation of the V-2, the early White Sands missile program, and America's evolution from the Redstone to the Saturn-V. Sadly, this book is not one of them. Get one of the other, better-written books.
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This book gives an accurate account of the Development of one of Germany's secret weapond in the second world war, the V-2 rocket, from the Germans scientist's point of view that developed it. It accurately describes the experiments, the tests and shows what the scientists behind Germany's V-2 rocket program were really like.

I recommend this book to all that are intrested in the seeds of space travel or World War Two.
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