How Apollo Flew to the Moon (Springer Praxis Books / Space Exploration)

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9780387716756: How Apollo Flew to the Moon (Springer Praxis Books / Space Exploration)

Between 1968 and 1972, twenty four daring men journeyed from Earth to the Moon. This fascinating book traces what was a massive accomplishment right from the early launches through manned orbital spaceflights, detailing each step. Out of the battlefields of World War II came the gifted German engineers and designers who developed the V-2 rocket, which evolved into the powerful Saturn V booster that propelled men to the Moon. David Woods tells this exciting story, starting from America’s postwar astronautical research facilities. The techniques and procedures developed have been recognised as an example of human exploration at its greatest, demonstrating a peak of technological excellence.

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Stung by the pioneering space successes of the Soviet Union, the United States gathered the best of its engineers and set itself the goal of reaching the Moon within a decade.

David Woods tells the exiting story of how the resulting Apollo flights were conducted by following a virtual flight to the Moon and back. From launch to splashdown, he hitches a ride in the incredible spaceships that took men to another world, exploring each step of the journey and detailing the enormous range of disciplines, techniques and procedures the Apollo crews had to master. While describing the tremendous technological accomplishment involved, he adds the human dimension by calling on the testimony of the people who were there at the time.

In How Apollo Flew to the Moon there is a wealth of fascinating and accessible material: the role of the powerful Saturn V, the reasoning behind trajectories, the day-to-day concerns of human and spacecraft health between two worlds, and the sheer daring involved in traveling to the Moon in the mid-twentieth century.

About the Author:

David Woods was enchanted by the Apollo missions as a child and it never really left him. With the internet, his interest blossomed. He helped NASA place their history books on the web. Soon after, his "Apollo Flight Journal" appeared; an annotated transcript of the missions that owes much to the tremendous Apollo Lunar Surface Journal. In 2007, 'How Apollo Flew to the Moon' came out with David's extensive knowledge and passion for the subject apparent on every page. HAFTTM is a good all-round book on Apollo that will appeal to anyone who is interested in the subject at any level.

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