Apollo 11 Manual : An Insight into the Hardware from the First Manned Mission to Land on the Moon Hardback
On 20 July 1969, US astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon.
This is the story of the Apollo 11 mission and the 'space hardware' that made it all possible.
This manual looks at the evolution and design of the mighty Saturn V rocket, the Command and Service Modules, and the Lunar Module.
It describes the space suits worn by the crew and their special life support systems.
We learn about how the Apollo 11 mission was flown - from launch procedures to 'flying' the Saturn V and the 'LEM', and from moon walking to the earth re-entry procedure.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 196 pages, Illustrations (chiefly col.)
- Publisher: Haynes Publishing Group
- Publication Date: 28/05/2009
- Category: Aerospace & aviation technology
- ISBN: 9781844256839
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Review by bragan
This book has the appearance of one of those automotive repair manuals, leading the reader to expect some kind of faux do-it-yourself guide to servicing your vintage Apollo spacecraft, an idea whose charm is truly irresistible. Alas, though, it's not really anything of the kind. Inside, it's a perfectly ordinary book, albeit one with a lot of pictures and diagrams. I found the first section, which gives an okay but unremarkable history of the space program and introduction to the people involved in the moon landing project, downright disappointing. However, once it gets into a discussion of the mission hardware, which is the main focus of the book, things improve significantly. It covers every system involved, including the Saturn V rocket, the communications setup, and the spacesuits. The level of detail is good and pretty thorough, without being so technical that you need to be an engineer to understand it. I wouldn't call it an essential book for the space travel enthusiast, but it's probably worth a look if you're interested in the hardware.