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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Apogee Books; Pap/Cdr edition (15 Jun 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1896522513
  • ISBN-13: 978-1896522517
  • Product Dimensions: 25.5 x 1.4 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,593,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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CD-ROM and Book. On 3 March 1969 Commander James McDivitt, Command Module Pilot David Scott and Lunar Pilot Russell Schweickart would be the first people to fly in a true spacecraft. Apollo 9 The NASA Mission Reports finally puts in one place four of the most important documents from this auspicious flight: the Apollo 9 press kit; the Apollo 9 pre-flight mission operation report; the Apollo 9 post launch mission operation report; and the Apollo 9 mission operation report supplement. These four documents graphically illustrate the technology required to build a true space vehicle, a machine that can only perform its function in the harsh environment of space, and clearly illustrates the teamwork, dedication and professionalism of the flight crew and NASA support team.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 May 1999
Format: Paperback
Apollos 9 and 10, juxtaposed as they were between humanity's first trip to another celestial body and the 'giant leap for mankind,' tend to be overlooked but in many respects were more important to the ultimate success of the landing missions than even Apollo 8. 8 was bold but didn't really advance the knowledge about the systems that would get men to the moon. Apollo 9 stands as a significant engineering achievement, by demonstrating for the first time the major components of a lunar landing mission - extraction of the LEM from the S-IVB stage, CSM/LEM separation and docking, flight of the LEM ascent and descent stages, EVA with the self-contained lunar spacesuit. Apogee's books contain a wealth of information that would be difficult (if not impossible) to find elsewhere, and the inclusion of a CD-ROM with many photos and video makes this a must-have for any Apollo nut.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Feb 2000
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Apollo 9 was an engineering test flight. The reports list 36 primary Detailed Test Objectives and 18 secondary objectives. The overall aim was to demonstrate the performance of Apollo systems and procedures that were essential for a mission to the lunar surface.
This book describes what Brigadier General James McDivitt USAF and his crew had to do to demonstrate Apollo's engineering quantum leap. The short discrepancy summaries in the Post Launch Mission Operation Report #1 are a testament to the quality and quantity of work produced by all concerned. If Apollo 9 did not really capture the imagination, the enclosed CD ROM helps to bring it alive.
This is a valuable source of back-ground technical information about the landings, and provides an interesting insight into the state of the art just four months before Apollo 11.
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By Birmingham Book Reader VINE VOICE on 13 Oct 2009
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I have just about everything avaiable on the 'Apollo Missions' and this book The NASA Mission reports for Apollo 9 is a wonderful book. Full of all the details and interesting facts.

A good buy for anyone who likes manned spaceflight history.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
A MUST resource for any space history buff ... 7 July 1999
By jamesderuvo@usa.net - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The APOLLO MISSION REPORTS published by Apogee Books, are an excellent source for Space History buffs. The book includes a press kit from the flight, pre and post mission summaries, and a fabulous bonus CDROM which has the official NASA mission report movie lasting about 17. The CD also has some GREAT color and black and white photographs. In particular, the APOLLO 9 Mission Report has a wonderful set of interior photographs of the command module. There's some excellent detail for all us model makers out there.
All in all, these books are a must. I recently got the mission reports for Apollo 8,9 and 10 (10 has TWO movies and some stunning moon photography). I just found out that the Apollo 11 Mission report has just been released and is a TWO volume set (with Volume 2 released next week).
I recommend them as a great resource. They can be purchased at any bookstore or amazon.com
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Good but not enough coverage of a critical mission 15 Feb 2001
By Kevin W. Parker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
It would be difficult to overstate the significance of Apollo 9 in the final push to land men on the moon. As editor Godwin points out, this mission easily gets lost in the breathtaking excitement of the surrounding missions that actually went to the moon. But Apollo 9 may be the single most ambitious, "pushing-the-envelope" mission ever undertaken by NASA. The almost ludicrously intense flight plan called for a complete checkout of the lunar module in just a few days. Not unreasonably dubbed "the world's first true spacecraft" for its inability to fly anywhere other than space, the LM was and is a unique machine. And Apollo 9 was, in stage parlance, a full technical rehearsal for a lunar landing. It's also easy to forget that this would be only the second time that two manned vehicles are in space at the same time. Gemini 6 and 7 were the first, but at least in that case there had been considerable experience with the necessary ground support for the Gemini capsules, not to mention that all one of the Gemini craft had to do was provide a target while the other did all the work.
Apollo 9, not surprisingly, had one of the strongest crews of any mission: Commander Jim McDivitt, who on Gemini 4 became the first rookie ever to command a multi-man space flight, went on to succeed the illustrious George Low as Apollo Spacecraft Program Manager. Command Module Pilot Dave Scott stayed in the astronaut corps and became commander of the first J-class mission, the scientifically ambitious Apollo 15. Rusty Schweickart, unfortunately, was grounded after this mission for his demonstrated propensity for space sickness, which almost caused the mission to fail.
Instead, he recovered enough to go on with the flight plan, and Apollo 9 was a stunning and extraordinary success, making a lunar landing possible on President Kennedy's ambitious timeframe. There are those, in fact, who think that it would have been possible to go straight from Apollo 9 to Apollo 11 without the "dress rehearsal" provided by Apollo 10.
That being said, I found this collection to be the most disappointing of the series so far. It contains the usual press kit, pre-mission report, and post-mission report, but the first two overlap greatly, and the latter is a mere 11 pages long. There is no transcript of the crew debriefing, which I've found to be the most interesting item in these collections. It seems an appalling absence considering the importance of the crew's evaluation of the capabilities and performance of the lunar module. The CD-ROM, too, simply contains the standard NASA film on the flight along with the usual photographs: no inflight videos, interviews, or supplemental documentation.
Godwin should also know better than to spell the possessive "its" with an apostrophe, as he does several times.
Now, what's here is good, but it just doesn't seem like enough. Apogee Books should consider putting out a second volume (as it did with Apollo 11), with the crew debriefing and other supporting documentation. But perhaps this mission just isn't glamorous enough for them, or perhaps they think it won't sell (which I think is underestimating their loyal audience).
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Great material on the 'forgotten' Apollo mission 7 May 1999
By bobc@natinst.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Apollos 9 and 10, juxtaposed as they were between humanity's first trip to another celestial body and the 'giant leap for mankind,' tend to be overlooked but in many respects were more important to the ultimate success of the landing missions than even Apollo 8. 8 was bold but didn't really advance the knowledge about the systems that would get men to the moon. Apollo 9 stands as a significant engineering achievement, by demonstrating for the first time the major components of a lunar landing mission - extraction of the LEM from the S-IVB stage, CSM/LEM separation and docking, flight of the LEM ascent and descent stages, EVA with the self-contained lunar spacesuit. Apogee's books contain a wealth of information that would be difficult (if not impossible) to find elsewhere, and the inclusion of a CD-ROM with many photos and video makes this a must-have for any Apollo nut.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
An exellent view into the workings of Apollo 9 Aug 2001
By James Ketteringham - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book shows the interoir of Apollo, the systems and the people like no other book or WWW site. The CD is very useful and, although the book is mostly black and white there are diograms almost everypage, most of which are clearly readable (some have been compressed to fit the page, in which cases any keys or labals are printed else where). There are about 1400 images taken of earth and of the other spacecraft along whith recent pictures of the inside of the spacecraft taken a few years ago.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Not a lot of information in this book - I'm surprized. 12 Aug 2006
By John R. Keller - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The flight of Apollo 9 was the first mission to test the entire Apollo spacecraft which included the Lunar Module (LM) and the Command and Service Module (CSM), During the ten day mission, the astronauts tested all three Apollo components and all the operations needed for a trip to the moon, such as docking and undocking the lunar lander with the command module, testing the LM's propulsion system and guidance and tracking. In addition to testing the LM and CSM, the astronauts also tested the space suits that would be eventually used on the surface of the moon. This mission was commanded by Jim McDivitt, with David Scott as the Command Module Pilot and Rusty Schweickart as the Lunar Module Pilot.

The book opens with the typical NASA mission press kit. Unlike many later Apollo mission press kits, this is quite long and very detailed, containing descriptions on everything from orbit and reentry profiles to the crew biographies. Because this is the first time that the LM was flown there is a lot of information of the LM and the lunar space suits. The next section contains the preflight and postflight operation reports which again provide an enormous amount of information on the operation of the LM and space suits. As other reviewers have pointed out, there is no crew debriefing report, which I personally find the highlight of the mission report series.

The CD Rom that accompanies the book is also very limited and lacking, especially when compared to the other books in the series. It contains photographs of the interior of the LM and a 17 minute NASA produced movie about the mission.

Of all the books produced by Apogee books for this Mission Report series, this one by far is the one that needs a second volume or a revision because of the limited amount of material.

Some general information that might be useful.

1) This report contains scanned-in documents from previously released NASA documents. In order to preserve the spirit of the original reports, all typographical and grammatical errors have NOT been fixed.

2) Proceeds from the book go 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 and documents.
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