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Virtual Apollo: A Pictorial Essay of the Engineering and Construction of the Apollo Command and Service Modules Paperback – February 1, 2003
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Top Customer Reviews
As far as detail, I felt I had enough info to start building one of these things in my back yard if the local hardware store sold all of the titanium I'd need! I don't think the original space program had blueprints as detailed and colorful as those within the pages of this book. I am a big techno-geek, always wondering how things work and are put together, and I have spent hours and hours gawking at these drawings, looking at how heat shields are made or how astronauts stored their gear. There's also a lot of text per page telling you what you're looking at and how things were assembled.
This is not only a well-executed book, but a great idea for other similar books for other parts of the space program. If Mr. Sullivan announced a large-format set of plans for the Space Shuttle or Skylab, I would be the first in line, no matter what they cost!
Though I have been an Apollo addict for years, and have read all the NASA Mission Reports (also available from Apogee Books) some things were difficult for me to actually visualize without Scott's CAD drawings. Part of the problem with previous books, even well illustrated books, was the uniqueness and density of the CM design. For instance in space, there is no up, so it becomes sometimes difficult by reading accounts the interrelationship between the LEB and associated spaces. Now it is crystal clear.
I hope that Scott Sullivan will come out with a LM book to accompany this brilliant work. Thank you, Scott!
This would be a fantastic resource for an Apollo scratch kit builder!
Scott - please make a LEM version!
Sullivan should be praised for his attention to detail and the excellent workmanship in this amazing book. The only thing missing is the CD Rom, that would have capped this as complete.
Spacecraft are very difficult for people to understand because they rarely see a real one. It's impossible for someone to grasp the Saturn V unless they visit one of the few remaining artifcacts on display. The conical and cylindrical design of the Apollo capsule made it hard for people to fathom exactly how it was layed out inside. In addition spacecraft are the most densely packed devices made with an incredible amount of apparatus stuffed inside them.
This ingenious book finally slices open the Apollo Command & Service modules in a colorful and revealing way so that even the average person can quickly grasp it's design and the way it looked.
In addition the book shows in detail exactly how it worked and how it all fitted together.
This book is a must have article for any Apollo buff.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just as previous reviews have stated. Excellent reference book.
Should have come with a CD as all the other books had.
VERY nice documentation- exceedingly accurate, with very fine illustrations and information regarding a spectacularly successful spacecraft serving as home base for 3 different... Read morePublished on December 9, 2013 by Rakish Saunter
I already had "Virtual LEM", which I bought through Amazon in spring 2012; an impressive work! Thanks Scott Sullivan for the accurate and detailed beautiful 3D renderings of the... Read morePublished on January 30, 2013 by Carlos
This is one of the best technical books in my possession on Project Apollo. I have many, but this is one of the best. Read morePublished on March 27, 2012 by Vinogradov
Sullivan's Virtual books (Apollo and LM) are superb. My jaw dropped when I first paged through them. Read morePublished on June 30, 2009 by Greg
This is a surprisingly small book with detailed but redundant drawings showing essentially the same Apollo components from different perspectives. Read morePublished on April 15, 2009 by Scott W. Larson
The Service Module and Command module are incredibly complex engineering marvels that carried the Apollo astronauts to the moon (and back) in the harsh space environment. Read morePublished on June 29, 2008 by C. Clayton
A lot of care and work clearly went into this beautiful book comprising detailed, color engineering diagrams of the Apollo command and service modules. Read morePublished on May 7, 2008 by rbnn
The diagrams are well done; however, as with others, I was greatly disappointed that there was not more detail. Read morePublished on January 3, 2008 by H. Cook