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NASA Apollo 11: An Insight into the Hardware from the First Manned Mission to Land on the Moon [Hardcover]

Christopher Riley , Philip Dolling

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Jan. 1 2010
On July 20, 1969, US astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon. The Apollo 11 mission that carried him and his two fellow astronauts on their epic journey marked the successful culmination of a quest that, ironically, had begun in Nazi Germany thirty years before. This is the story of the Apollo 11 mission and the ‘space hardware’ that made it all possible. Author Chris Riley looks at the evolution and design of the mighty Saturn V rocket, the Command and Service Modules, and the Lunar Module. He also describes the space suits worn by the crew, with their special life support systems. Launch procedures are described, ‘flying’ the Saturn V, navigation, course correction ‘burns’, orbital rendezvous techniques, flying the LEM, moon landing, moon walk, take-off from the moon, and earth re-entry procedure. Includes performance data, fuels, biographies of Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins, Gene Kranz and Werner von Braun. Detailed appendices cover all of the Apollo missions, with full details of crews, spacecraft names and logos, mission priorities, moon landing sites, and the Lunar Rover.

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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.

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 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
5.0 out of 5 stars 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 [...]
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 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.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book July 10 2010
By Fred - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book because of the layout of the cover. I have owned quite a few Haynes manuals through the years and I couldn't help but chuckle when I saw it. The inside is filled with enough detail to keep any space fan reading. The only thing that would have made this better would have been if, like the other Haynes manuals, it would have been "based on a complete teardown and rebuild."
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