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on June 19, 2004
This book explains all the details of the Technological Development of the great Saturn especially the Saturn-5. I bought the 2003 Edition and I get the mos information that I want to know on the Saturn Project!Wernher von Braun is great,althought there are so many paradoxial on his past involvement in the Nazi Party.The proof of all these is the end result of his direct involvement in building the Rocket Technology in the US till today!
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on May 25, 2004
This is the best attempt I've seen for an accounting of the Saturn Program(s). The enormity of planning, building and deploying the Saturn series was so great that one could make a career as a historian on this program alone. This not light reading and some base knowledge of rocketry helps.
The author does a great job of delivering the technical and program management side of Saturn and gives us enough juice on some of the key players to add some entertainment value. The selection of graphics and photos could be improved - there are a lot better ones available in the public domain. I struggled a bit with his technical description of the F1 engine and referenced schematic until I pulled a photo off of Nasa's Web site that made it much clearer.
If your a fan of the US effort to put man on the moon buy this book and add it to you collection.
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on March 22, 2004
I recently read "Apollo: The Race to the Moon", by Charles Murray and it left me hungry for more details on the Saturn V and the challenges of developing the first stage, F-1 engines. This book definitely hits the spot and provides a lot more. The text is so historically rich you feel as if you were there along side the NASA engineers. If that's not enough you might also like "Chariots for Apollo"; it tells a very good technical story about the Lunar Module development.
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on February 24, 2004
I was fortunate enough to have Dr. Roger Bilstein as my professor. His personal enthusiasm for aerospace and history come together nicely in what is often considered to be the "offical" account of the development of the Saturn launcher that eventually placed men on the moon. This book will make clear that task was not nearly as easy as NASA made it seem. A must for anyone who wants to get beyond the astronaut books and see how the space program really worked in its glory days!
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