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NASA Apollo 11: An Insight into the Hardware from the First Manned Mission to Land on the Moon Hardcover – Jan 1 2010


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About the Author

Dr Christopher Riley is a broadcaster and film-maker 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 latest film In the Shadow of the Moon: The Story of the Apollo Astronauts, won the World Cinema Audience Award in 2007.
Dr Christopher Riley, a former planetary scientist, is a historian of human space flight and director of over 100 TV programmes on his subjectW. David Woods has studied the engineering behind the Apollo programme for nearly 20 years, and edits and curates NASAÆs Apollo Flight Journal (AFJ).Phillip Dolling is a multi-award winning Executive Producer at the BBC, responsible for many of the corporationÆs flagship factual strands.

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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
It could have been so much more... March 17 2010
By Michael D. Fisher - Published on Amazon.com
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After the seemingly endless delays, I finally got this book. And was immediately disappointed. As an 'Apollo Junkie(tm)' I expected what the title promised - an owners' workshop manual. No, I didn't expect a set of blueprints and plans, but I DID expect a more detailed look at the hardware. Everything in this book is a rehash of hundreds of previous Apollo books. I found no serious discussions about engineering, dimensions, etc.

I'm STILL searching for a book with a good, solid set of dimensions on the LM. Maybe tomorrow.

However, as a standalone book about Apollo, this was a good one. I'll give it three stars for that.
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
This is a great Apollo reference Nov. 30 2009
By Evil Genius - Published on Amazon.com
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I got my manual and found it very impressive. The pictures are great and it looks at the whole mission, the hardware, and spacecraft. The detailed drawings are detailed but a little blurry at times. They could have used a little digital enhancement, not a turn off for me. Since the original drawings were done by hand they are true depictions of what was available at the time. I have looked at the book casually the last few days and like it a lot. I went to Johnson space center and saw the Saturn V and now know a lot more about what it was that I saw. Neat book, I recommend it. Not overly engineered but not dumbed down either. It's Technician level. It is not a personal narrative but a look at the engineering and design needed to achieve the goal. I recommend this, I liked it, and will put it into my personal collection on "The Shelf".
If you would like to see historical technical drawings go to [...]
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5 stars, no question Dec 21 2009
By S. Kosloske - Published on Amazon.com
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I think this is *THE* book to have if you want the history and technology of the Apollo Space Program. It really does cover it all, from the sci-fi drawings of how a possible space mission would work, to the early planning, all of the versions of the Apollo rockets and missions, etc. etc. etc. etc.

Very well done. You get a ton of diagrams showing how it all fit together, the limits of the technology at the time, and how they amazingly got it all working perfectly.

Worth the price for the pictures of the consoles alone.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Don't look here for your astronaut training Nov. 8 2011
By Edward R. Wendell IV - Published on Amazon.com
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Don't believe the cover. I bought this book because I'm a sucker for Haynes manuals. I've been using their books to repair my cars for almost two decades and I expected that this book would be like the car manuals, technical and comprehensive. It's not. If you've watched "From the Earth to the Moon" and "Moon Machines" and read the Apollo Wikipedia page then you already know everything that's in this book and then some. It's more of a history book than anything. If you took a good print encyclopedia article and fleshed it out this is what you'd get. No engineering level technical drawings or documentation, no assembly or operational guides, in short, a dearth of the kind of information that a true geek is looking for. It will look good on your bookshelf next to the greasy fingerprint covered car manuals but that's it.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3 Stars no question March 23 2010
By Bryan D. Sears - Published on Amazon.com
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An unrealized concept. However, this is another nice Apollo Mission book in a new wrapper.The authors mention their own failure to live up to the possibilities of this workshop manual idea by stating that there are simply too many plans and pieces for the all the hardware, and some parts were changed and created without much documentation. I would have liked the chance to see the content of the book beforehand to make a more informed choice.


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