The Lunar Exploration Scrapbook : A Pictorial History of Lunar Vehicles

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In The Lunar Exploration Scrapbook, Godwin combines modern computer graphics with old blueprints to create a full color history of the golden era of lunar exploration. Included in this remarkable book are over 80 different Lunar landers, over 80 lunar rovers and mobile laboratories (MOLAB), more than 50 lunar flying vehicles as well as sections on the Saturn and Nova rockets, lunar space suits, Command & Service module variants, LM laboratories and orbiters, training vehicles, lunar walkers and lunar shelters. Altogether over 750 color pictures of designs for lunar exploration vehicles, all from NASA, Boeing, Lockheed, Grumman, USAF, US Army, GE, Chrysler, North American Rockwell, Bell Aerospace, Martin, Bendix and more. No science fiction! From single-seat landers to rocket backpacks and lunar bulldozers, this study takes readers into the imagination of the world’s top aerospace engineers by presenting NASA’s lunar spacecraft research. A unique blend of history and imagination, this resource covers not only the actual exploration of the moon conducted during the Apollo program of the 1960s and 1970s, but also includes a presentation of dozens of spacecraft that were never built. Vivid, colorful renderings of the conceptual crafts many of which are not available anywhere else are also included, providing a visual progression of NASA’s technological advancements.

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Robert Godwin is the founder of Collector's Guide Publishing, the editor of the NASA Mission Reports series, and the author of The Illustrated Collector's Guide to Led Zeppelin and The Making of Led Zeppelin's IV. He lives in Burlington, Ontario.

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"It is a fascinating and fun book . . . the perfect gift."  —Tom Hanks, actor and executive producer, From The Earth to the Moon



"A fascinating visual history of an endeavour that challenged and occupied some of the finest minds of the 20th century, beginning with the early space cadets and rocket pioneers. NASA stood on the shoulders of many giants when it landed men on the moon."  —Sir Arthur C. Clarke

"This book should be on the desk of everyone working on the next lunar lander. It is full of history and lessons learned."  —Richard F. Gordon, Jr, Apollo 12 command module pilot



"Not just a pleasure for historians and students, this book could serve as inspiration for those working on our return to the Moon."  —Astronomy Magazine



"A fun book full of illustrations on a plethora of moon vehicles."  —Air & Space Magazine, Smithsonian Institution

"This book is certainly hard to put down."  —Spaceflight, British Interplanetary Society

"I was both impressed and amazed clear through to the last page."   —Ron Miller, Bonestell Space Art, and author, The Dream Machines

"A book unlike any other, meticulously researched and providing information not to be found elsewhere. Strongly recommended."  —Sir Patrick Moore, The Sky At Night, BBC

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