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Documenting the legendary Saturn V, the largest, most powerful rocket ever produced, this reference reveals how the scientists of the day met President Kennedy’s challenge for a moon landing by the end of the 1960s and how the spaceship rose from the drawing board to flight-vehicle status in record time. Highlighting its flawless flight career, this investigation delves into the ship’s development, assembly, manufacturing, and testing, presenting an exhaustive history of each element. Surveying the dangers that resulted from its construction, this overview shows how stages blew up, materials disintegrated, and engines exploded. With coverage of every firing, including timeline and performance details, this study also features a vast collection of never-before-seen photographs. Based on more than two years of research and drawing on information from all major NASA facilities, history offices, and libraries, this fascinating reconstruction ranges from the program’s start in the early 1960s to its conclusion in the mid 1970s, outlining a major turning point in the history of space technology. With an entirely new section detailing the identification and location of all of the Saturn F-1, J-2, and H-1 engines that are still in existence, this fully revised and updated 2010 edition features additional photographs, and a foreword by Apollo 10 Commander Col. Tom Stafford.
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Alan Lawrie is a satellite propulsion engineer who has worked in the space industry for more than 24 years. During this time he has worked with space propulsion companies around the world and managed the procurement of propulsion engines, tanks, and valves for satellite systems. He has written for Spaceflight magazine and is a member of the British Interplanetary Society. Robert Godwin is the space curator at the Canadian Air and Space Museum and an advocate of the Space Frontier Foundation. He works closely with the National Space Society, the Mars Society, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the X-Prize Foundation. He is the author of Apollo 11, The Illustrated Collector’s Guide to Led Zeppelin, and The Lunar Exploration Scrapbook. He lives in Burlington, Ontario.Review:
"A definitive look at the Saturn V vehicle." —Spaceflight
"Another of those amazingly well-priced history books from Apogee, complete as usual with a bonus DVD." —International Space Review
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