Includes the Apollo 7 Press kit, the Pre-launch Mission Operation Report, the Post-launch Mission Operation Report, and the Crew Technical Debriefing.
Godwin's books are so addictive because they're the real deal--essentially unedited, unaltered artifacts from some of NASA's most hair-raising missions. And while Apollo 7 might not have matched Apollo 11 or 13 for sheer drama, the crew of Wally Schirra, Walt Cunningham, and Donn Eisele had a lot on its hands. It was what would be the longest first flight of any craft in aviation history, the first successful manned launch of Wernher von Braun's Saturn IB rocket, and the first successful restart of the service module's hypergolic-propelled motor after a "cold soak" in space.
Because there's no-one to hold your hand through the details, the Godwin books can be daunting to casual readers. But that same rawness makes this report (like its predecessors) often very funny, fascinating, and revealing, whether it's complaints about head colds and congestion in the post-mission report, or just Wally Schirra waxing space-cowboy in the debriefing ("...I've had a harder landings on a carrier landing. If you ever watch a guy land in a Demon, for example, his head goes bla-lah-lah lah-lah-lah as he rolls out on the flight deck. It's that bad.") --Paul Hughes
Apollo 7 was the first manned launch in the lunar landing program, essentially an engineering shakedown flight. In most accounts, the crew would become notorious because they, suffering from head colds and boredom, managed to annoy pretty much everybody in the space program. However, it's easy to forget what an enormous task Wally Schirra, Donn Eisele and Walt Cunningham had on their hands: the longest first flight of any spacecraft in history, and a highly complicated one at that. This is the mission that paved the way for the triumph of Apollos 8 and 11.
This particular volume of the series includes the official Press Kit, Pre Launch and Post Launch Mission Operation Reports, the Technical Debriefing of the crew, and a CD-ROM with video and picture material.Read more ›