This book, the first in a series of three volumes, was released to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, and contains a great deal of information about the first landing on the moon. This book contains the press kit, pre and post mission reports and the transcript with pictures of the first post-mission press conference. The book also contains a compact disc (CD) with contains all of the photographs taken by the crew during the mission, plus two NASA produced mini-movies. This mission was commanded by Neil Armstrong who was accompanied to the surface by Buzz Aldrin with Michael Collins as the Command Module pilot.
Like many of the other volumes in this NASA Mission Report series, the book opens with the usual NASA mission press kit. In addition to the customary background information, the press kit focuses on the all aspects of the mission from the training phases, through launch, the lunar landing, the first moon walk and splashdown. There is a wealth of information on all the companies, important NASA personnel and scientific investigators who contributed to the success of this mission.
The next section contains the Pre-Flight Mission Operations Report, an internal NASA report, which presents a basic overview of the planned activities of the mission, including the EVA timelines. It is interesting to note that the format of these timelines is still used today to plan EVAs for the space station assembly. The next section presents the Post-Launch Mission Operations Report and describes the deviations from planned activities and the mission problems.
The final section is a transcript with pictures of the first post-mission press conference. In this hour and half press conference, the crew briefly and sometimes technically described their adventure to the moon, on the moon and then back to Earth. Afterwards, they answer questions from the audience who are primarily members of the press. While some of the discussions are quite technical, other portions of the press conference discuss the meaning of the first moon landing
The book also includes a compact disc (CD) with contains all of the photographs taken by the crew during the mission, plus two NASA produced mini-movies. The scans appear to be high resolution scans and the color photographs is quite vivid.
Some general information that might be useful.
1) These reports are just scanned-in documents from previously released NASA press kits, etc., In order to preserve the spirit of the original reports, all typographical and grammatical errors have NOT been fixed.
2) Proceeds from the book goes to "The Watch" an asteroid impact research project of the Space Frontier Foundation. In other words, Apogee Books is making very little off the sale of US government produced books.
3) Many people have asked why the post mission reports are not included. Since NASA has published many books with hundred of pages (The NASA SP series), and the data from these missions is still being analyzed, it would be impossible to do.