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Apollo: Through the Eyes of the Astronauts [Hardcover]

Robert Jacobs
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1 Jun 2009
July 20, 2009 marks the 40th anniversary of the first manned landing on the Moon by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin of Apollo 11. The eleven Apollo missions are a benchmark in the annals of human exploration. "Apollo" is a photographic commemoration of the Apollo lunar missions as seen through the eyes of its astronauts. Each of the surviving 24 astronauts from the Apollo missions has chosen a favorite photograph from his mission especially for this book. These selections are accompanied by other iconic photographs from the Apollo missions. Best-selling astrophysicist Stephen Hawking contributes a foreword; veteran journalist Michael Cabbage's introduction explores the role of the astronaut as a witness to history; and, Robert Jacobs gives a brief narrative account of each mission.

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  • Hardcover: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (1 Jun 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810921464
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810921467
  • Product Dimensions: 25.8 x 26.6 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 586,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stephen Hawking is the best-selling author of A Brief History of Time and the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge. His daughter Lucy Hawking is a journalist and novelist. Michael Cabbage is co-author of Comm Check...: The Final Flight of Shuttle Columbia and senior manager in the NASA Public Affairs Office. Robert Jacobs is Deputy Assistant Administrator for Public Affairs at NASA.

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3.0 out of 5 stars View from the Astronaut's camera..... 21 July 2009
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A book about the Apollo missions from the point of view of the Astronauts and the photos they took themselves.

Each chapter represents a different Apollo mission and has a brief introduction/history of the mission together with some general and a few training photos. This is then followed by the Astronaut's own favourite photos and thoughts on what they experienced at the time, or later upon reflection.

Although interesting, I was slightly disappointed by the quality of book's binding and the dust jacket seemed a bit scruffy; but on the whole the photographs are good quality in both colour & black and white.

I would have liked a longer book & with more detail, as it's only 130 pages or so long and so there isn't that much to read...
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4.0 out of 5 stars incredible journey 19 July 2009
By Andy
A child of the apollo era, the moon landings have fascinated me. This book uses each Apollo mission as a chapter with several photos which collectively through the book provide a complete journey from earth to the moon and back; the Apollo 11 capsule collected by the US Navy shows burns as if it was an over-boiled kettle.
A great value book if a little short.
For great photos of the moon missions look no further than Full Moon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Astronauts Commenting on Photographs from the Apollo Program 2 July 2009
By Roger D. Launius - Published on Amazon.com
Sponsored by NASA, "Apollo: Through the Eyes of the Astronauts" has the considerable weight of the agency behind it. For uniqueness and quality of imagery this book is stunning. Its focus is on astronaut photography, and many of the images reproduced here were selected by members of the various Apollo crews. Each of the surviving Apollo astronauts--a total of 21 remain 40 years after that first landing--chose their favorite photograph and offered a comment about it for inclusion in the book.

So this book has Bill Anders and Jim Lovell from Apollo 8 commenting on the meaning for them of the impressive "Earthrise" photograph that has come to be such an iconic image. Buzz Aldrin discusses the famous boot print image and his own face on shot from Apollo 11, while Neil Armstrong comments on the return to lunar orbit after leaving the surface and the photo of the "Eagle" Lunar Module about the dock with the "Columbia" Command Module.

Other astronauts chose other images for comment, but all of them offered an interesting and sometimes thought-provoking perspective on the voyages of Apollo.

"Apollo: Through the Eyes of the Astronauts" is a fascinating book. Enjoy.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Photos but there could have been more 13 Nov 2009
By Wayne - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a slender book. The photos and commentary are terrific but left me wanting more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great review of the whole moon landing program 18 Sep 2009
By Jean E. Pouliot - Published on Amazon.com
This summer's gushing remembrances of the first Moon landing in 1969 were wonderfully apropos, but neglected to mention that the Apollo program did not start and end with Neil, Buzz, Michael and the Sea of Tranquility. This terrific pictorial gives us unforgettable images of all the Apollo missions and the men who flew them. Better yet, the astronauts are remembered in their own words and in images of their own choosing. There are classic images -- the Earth rise from Apollo 8 and the "visor" image of Buzz Aldrin from Apollo 11. But there are many lesser known images as well, of astronauts posing aside the Surveyor lander, of moon buggies, leaping salutes and many unshaven faces on the way home.

Surprisingly, given the sheer volume of available images, some selections were poor. There is one notably blurry double-page spreads of a ticker tape parade, and where is the shot of Alan Shepard smacking a golf ball into the wild black, starless yonder?

But I truly enjoyed this short and smart look at the incremental steps that brought humanity to the moon and its first few steps beyond that enormous achievement.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing very new - some shocking mistakes. 3 May 2010
By Graeme J. W. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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As others have said - "a slim volume". Nearly all the pictures are available in other venues and the astronauts' words really don't add much insight - being limited to mainly short paragraphs or one liners.

There are at least two shockingly bad captioning mistakes (Apollo 12 crew identified with Apollo 11 crew names. LM ANTARES - clearly in landing configuration - identified as drifting empty after returning from the surface). Other captions seem weak in relation to what is in the picture if you know a little more about this missions including a pair of pictures of the Apollo 13 emergency Lithium Hydroxide canister lash up - on Earth and the same in space - which is interesting to compare what the astronauts did from radioed instructions - but is then commented as an assembly of hoses with no reference to the crucial canister in the shot. I'm not being picky - it is poor editorial.

I have a vast collection of books about the Moon Landings and have many of thin content value that stay on the shelf for having SOMETHING new to say. I'm seriously considering not giving this book space - there was little new and I have doubts about any "new" facts I read given some mistakes in the text.

If you want photography shots - Michael Light's Full Moon is a far better introduction to spectacular moon photography. For all NASA supposedly cooperated in the making of this book - it comes a poor cousin - for all Stephen Hawking might offer in the introduction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book holds the key 31 Aug 2009
By Ashley Uecker - Published on Amazon.com
This book holds the key to our future. Because of the race to space we were able to shoot for the Moon. Now we are a part of history as we go back to the Moon with the same design as the Apollo missions. In order to understand the future you must understand the past. This book has the untold stories of our country's past as we made our mark on the Moon. Told through the eyes of those who stud on it.
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