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

W. David Woods
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12 Aug 2011 Springer Praxis Books / Space Exploration
Stung by the pioneering space successes of the Soviet Union - in particular, Gagarin being the first man in space, the United States gathered the best of its engineers and set itself the goal of reaching the Moon within a decade. In an expanding 2nd edition of How Apollo Flew to the Moon, David Woods tells the exciting story of how the resulting Apollo flights were conducted by following a virtual flight to the Moon and its exploration of the surface. 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. He provides 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, the exploration of the lunar surface and the sheer daring involved in traveling to the Moon and the mid-twentieth century. Given the tremendous success of the original edition of How Apollo Flew to the Moon, the second edition will have a new chapter on surface activities, inspired by reader's comment on Amazon.com. There will also be additional detail in the existing chapters to incorporate all the feedback from the original edition, and will include larger illustrations.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Springer Praxis Books; 2nd Revised & enlarged edition (12 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441971785
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441971784
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 17 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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David Woods studies and writes about the nuts and bolts of the Apollo programme, the United States' highly successful project to land men on the Moon. His interest stemmed from being lucky enough to witness the Apollo missions on TV as a child and the enchantment of those missions never really left.

He created the "Apollo Flight Journal"; an annotated transcript of the missions that owes much to the tremendous Apollo Lunar Surface Journal. This project let him develop an extensive knowledge of how the missions were run from the point of view of the crews. It also gave expression to his ability to explain complex technical systems and concepts in a easy-going, approachable style.

His first book, 'How Apollo Flew to the Moon' (HAFTTM), is now in its second edition and is a good all-round book on Apollo technology that will appeal to anyone who is interested in the subject at any level, as attested by its extraordinarily positive reviews.

The 'Lunar Rover Owners' Workshop Manual', co-written with Chris Riley and Phil Dolling, mixes the story of this extraordinary vehicle's history and development with fascinating tales of its technology and its time on the Moon.

David talks about HAFTTM and tells stories from its pages in two audio podcasts recorded for Omegataupodcast.net; numbers 83 and 97, which together comprise over 4 hours of conversation on Apollo.

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From the reviews of the second edition:

“This book was written for those … to learn without the prerequisite degree in aeronautics. … Due to the high level of detail that is paid to virtually all aspects of Apollo, this book is well worth the price and should be considered a must have for space aficionados. … There are additional stories of Apollo’s engineering triumphs both on the surface of the Moon as well as in flight, much of which reflects my continuing journey into the technical achievement that was Apollo.” (Jason Rhian, Aviation Week, March, 2011)

“How Apollo Flew to the Moon is the consummate technical narrative about the Apollo lunar program for the nontechnical reader. … for those who have a long-held interest in the Apollo program and always wondered how things worked this is a treasure trove. … is not only a fun and accessible tech-read but also a very valuable reference book, where you will find detail and minutia that is difficult to find anywhere else. … no comparable work which is so accessible or rewarding to read.” (Rod Pyle, Quest, Vol. 19 (3), 2012)

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This new and expanded edition of the bestselling How Apollo Flew to the Moon tells the exciting story of how the Apollo missions were conducted and follows a virtual flight to the Moon and back. New material includes:

- the exploration of the lunar surface;
- more illustrations;
- more technical explanations and anecdotes.

From launch to splashdown, hitch a ride in the incredible Apollo spaceships, the most sophisticated machines of their time. Explore each step of the journey and glimpse the enormous range of disciplines, techniques, and procedures the Apollo crews had to master. Although the tremendous technological accomplishments are well documented, the human dimension is not forgotten, and the book calls on the testimony of the people who were there at the time. A wealth of fascinating and accessible material is provided, including: the role of the powerful Saturn V; the reasoning  behind trajectories; the day-to-day concerns of human and spacecraft health; the triumphs and difficulties of working in an unforgiving and hostile environment while surrounded by hard vacuum and pernicious dust; and the sheer daring that was involved in traveling to the Moon in the mid-20th century.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Guidance is Internal 7 Mar 2012
I was 13 when men first walked on the moon and, surrounded by Airfix models of the Saturn V and Apollo spacecraft, and every book I could find on the subject, I followed each mission avidly.

Now aged 56 (and still surrounded by models and books!), I have not lost my interest in what was probably the greatest human adventure and technical achievement of all time. The sheer audacity in attempting such a feat using 1960s technology may be lost on some of today's blasé younger generation, for whom it is `just' history or, for the ludicrously ignorant, even a hoax.

W. David Woods's book is a tour de force on the subject and absolutely essential reading for any Apollo enthusiast, taking you through every sequential step of a mission, in great detail, from pre-launch to recovery. It explains the technicalities and jargon clearly for the layman, with numerous illustrations and diagrams, so that by the end of the book you almost feel as if you have flown it yourself.

In his Foreword to the book, David R. Scott (Commander of Apollo 15) describes it as 'This exceptional book'. Enough said.

It is the best book I have read (and I have read many) on the `nuts and bolts' of Apollo and I highly recommend it.
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Because these `independent' reviews are so useful I thought I'd do mine.

`How Apollo Flew to the Moon' is given instant credibility because Apollo astronaut David Scott wrote the Forward and for space fans do you need to know anything else? It follows a complete Apollo mission and is written like a text book in that the Chapters contain lots and lots of `sub' Chapters which enables you to read a bit, put it down for a while and then easily pick up the story up again. I can get lost and bored with some books but this is immensely readable.

It is an excellent book if you like all the Technical and Engineering information about all the hardware and has lots of sketches photographs and photos astronauts took on the moon. But don't be put off by that because there are loads and loads of the conversations between the astronauts as well!

Something I've always wondered about is how from blasting off the moon the Lander was able to find the Service Module? Well all the information about navigation trajectory and burns is here. There are even two pages of definitions for all the LM computer programs.

Most importantly there are loads of new facts, like I never knew they carried a radioactive cylinder which was taken off the outside of the LM on the moon and then placed in the ALSEP so providing its electricity.

Finally and most importantly if you ever have those tiny (2.am and in bed) nagging doubts like "did we really go to the moon?" then this emphatically answers the question. America DID put a man on the moon, who walked about its surface and then came home safely........not for the idiots who think it was all a hoax!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 2 Oct 2011
How can such an excellent book become even better? Have Dave Woods write a second edition! Just received my copy, and, having read the first one (which I'm still rating one of the best books ever written on Apollo), I'm really amazed about the improvements that come with the second edition: more detail, more facts, more colour, and still easy to understand and a fun read. Congratulations!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Walk on the Moon...yourself 21 Nov 2013
By s samo
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I have read this book and immediately became very sad. The reason was that book has ended while I wish I could continue the challenge together with all these brave and brilliant people who was part of this miracle project.
I mean it - this book makes it very easy for you to imagine how you would feel in astronaut's shoes. The book has a great effect of presence and participation in the action.
Strongly recommended for all fans of space technology.
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