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  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: J H Haynes & Co Ltd (May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844256839
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844256839
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.6 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Christopher Riley is a writer, broadcaster and film maker specialising in the history of science. He holds a doctorate from Imperial College and is a Visiting Professor of Science and Media at the University of Lincoln.

He has directed and produced on over one hundred programmes for the BBC - including their flagship science and technology strand 'Tomorrow's World' and the cult science show 'Rough Science'. He was the producer of the BBC's blockbuster drama documentary 'Space Odyssey - Voyage to the Planets', and conceived, produced and directed on the Sundance award winning feature documentary film 'In the Shadow of the Moon'. He was the producer of the restorated director's cut of NASA's original Apollo doc Moonwalk One, released on DVD for the 40th Anniversary of Apollo 11 in 2009.

He is the producer and director of the unique Yuri Gagarin 50th Anniversary film project First Orbit; which collaborated with ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli to film a new view of what Yuri Gagarin would have seen on his pioneering orbit of the Earth in 1961. The film is available on DVD and BluRay from Amazon, subtitled into 30 languages.

During the summer of 2011 he produced a film with Kevin Fong for BBC TWO on the final flight of NASA's Space Shuttle. In 2012 he produced a film about the Voyager missions for BBC FOUR, presented by Dallas Campbell, and directed a major biopic on Neil Armstrong for the BBC. His 2013 films include 'The Fantastic Mr Feynman' - a biography of the nobel prize winning physicist Richard Feynman, broadcast to celebrate what would have been his 95th birthday.

Chris is the author of more than forty articles and books on astronomy and planetary science and regularly lectures on this and other topics. Chris wrote the chapter on Yuri Gagarin's 1961 visit to London in the 2011 British Council book 'Gagarin in Britain' and co-authored a chapter in the 2012 book International Cooperation for Development of Space, from the Aerospace Technology Working Group, a non-profit Space Policy Program Innovation Centre.

His book for Haynes on Apollo 11 - 'an owner's workshop manual', was published in June 2009 and made it into Amazon's top ten science books of that year. His follow up Haynes manual on the Apollo Lunar Rover came out in 2012.

He is a contributing author to Faber and Faber's 2012 book 'Big Questions from Little People', and their follow up 2013 books 'Does my Goldfish Know who I am?' and 'Why Can't I Tickle Myself'.

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About the Author

Dr Christopher Riley is a broadcaster and film-maker specialising in history and science documentaries. In 2004 he won the Sir Arthur Clarke award for the BBC1 blockbuster series Space Odyssey: Voyage to the Planets. His latest film In the Shadow of the Moon: The Story of the Apollo Astronauts, won the World Cinema Audience Award in 2007.

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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Digger on 7 Jun 2009
Format: Hardcover
...... but excellent all the same. Well done Mssrs Riley and Dolling. This book is an excellent reference on the development and design of the various Apollo crafts in line with other recent (tongue-in-cheek) Haynes Manuals. I was really excited when I saw news of this manual being published as I've been waiting for 40 years for something like this. In truth, it is not a 'workshop manual' and I wish it gave more detail on what all the dials and buttons on the CSM dashboard are there for (some of the drawings are too small to decipher), but you do get information to help you steer through the roll and yaw and point the craft for a successful translunar injection.....so no more ossilating orbits between Pluto and Mars for me! There is also some useful information deriving from the later Apollo 13 debacle. It won't help you fix the defective main bus B undervolt but at least you'll understand the relationship between the fuel cells and oxygen tanks! Also contains useful information on how to use the urine dump properly. What a relief!

Check out Moon Landing by Richard Platt and David Hawlock as a great accompaniment for young and/or young at heart readers. Poptastic!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By P. White on 11 Jun 2009
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This is a superb book. If you were lucky enough to the see the Discovery channel's 'Moon Machines' series then you'll have an idea what to expect. This is a history of the Apollo programme (and to a lesser extent the manned spaceflight programme) presented with excellent illustrations (original technical drawings, extremely rare photographs, great diagrams etc) and accompanied by well written and informative prose. If you appreciate Apollo or have any interest in spaceflight engineering then I would urge you to buy this book. It's VERY good.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By David G Royffe on 12 Jun 2009
Format: Hardcover
Co-Author Chris Riley gave a great lecture on Apollo 11 and introducing this superb Haynes manual at Cheltenham Science Fair 2009. Of course it was an immediate sell-out at the fair, and is a real joy to read. I was at City University, London studying control engineering when I followed the whole mission to the moon. As Chris says, it was a huge inspiration to many millions including technologists. Making this a Haynes manual is a wise choice, validating the Haynes attention to accuracy and fine detail and at the same time making a host of the fascinating Apollo technology and mission very accessible. The book is both an adventure in itself and is of great value to the aspiring engineer and student who wants to get to grips with one of the very real and most exciting adventures of the 20th century and beyond. 'Don't try this at home' at least unless you are a professional rocket scientist with a huge respect for safety, but as teenagers my college friend and I took great interest in how firework rockets and toy water-propelled rockets performed, while we eagerly followed each Apollo mission. This book and the detail of the moon landing bring back all of this excitement.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By surfer pete on 19 July 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is a fascinating book from Haynes, the publisher's of the well-known car workshop manuals.

Rather than read exactly like a workshop manual, the book is more like a slim-line encyclopaedia style volume that covers most of the aspects of the Apollo missions in sufficient detail and in plain English terms.

In its 196 pages, the book includes full colour photographs, cut-away diagrams, flow charts and explanations of everything from: space suit developments, the lunar module, fuel systems, rocket stages, instrument panels and more. The book also includes mini-biographies and pictures of the astronauts and key personnel involved in this astounding and inspiring endeavour together with the historical perspective of the space program.

What I liked about this book more than many others on the same subject is that it combined both the human interest side and practicalities of the space program, as well as the technology side of things which many of us find a bit baffling.

I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone interested in the subject and with the 40th Anniversary of the Apollo landings being commemorated; it helps explain the staggering achievements of the moon landings in an accessible format, for either the avid enthusiast or the more casual reader.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mikeo on 10 Sep 2009
Format: Hardcover
If you think this book is going to be anything like that Haynes manual for your old Ford Cortina, you will be sadly mistaken. However If you are interested in the more technical aspects of Apollo/Saturn5 and its development, put in a way that practically anyone would understand, this is the book to buy. There is an excellent mix of text, illustrations and colour photos, many of which I have never seen before. Along with many snippets and little gems of information that you probably won't find elswhere (Detailed information on the LOL -'Little Old Ladies' painstakingly winding the cores for the primitive 'rope' guidance computer memory being just one example! )
Even once you have read through the book from cover to cover, it is the type of book that you can open at any page and easily read a single section or article again without having to start at page 1.
Please remember that if you really wanted the real owners workshop manual, the Saturn5 being so complex, I think that you would at least need a couple of warehouses to store it in!
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