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Moon Flight Atlas (A Mitchell Beazley book) Hardcover – Nov 1970


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  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Littlehampton Book Services Ltd; 2nd Revised edition edition (Nov. 1970)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0540051624
  • ISBN-13: 978-0540051625
  • Product Dimensions: 33.5 x 24.1 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,235,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sir Patrick Moore is the world's best-known living astronomer. He has presented the BBC's 'Sky at Night' programme since 1957 and written over 60 books. Recognised by the scientific community as one of the greatest authorities in the field, he was awarded the OBE in 1968. In 2001 he received a Knighthood, won a BAFTA for his services to television and became a member of the celebrated Royal Society. He lives in Selsey, Sussex.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Kidger on 14 Dec. 2013
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This is a thin, large format book, published in a rush in 1969 to take advantage of the wave of popularity of books about the Moon landings and the high visibility of Patrick Moore on television as a moon-landing presenter. Various editions were produced, with the original post-Apollo 11 version being updated after each successive mission with (usually) two double pages of spectacular photographs and information from the mission. This particular book is the Apollo XIII version, produced after the space rescue, rather than the original, which I received as a Christmas present in 1969.

For fans of the moon missions and of space this is a lovely book. It is lavishly illustrated, The large page format allowing many photographs to be included with a good size on each page. There are also many of the original drawings that the BBC used in their live coverage as simulations to inform the viewer when, logically, no live images were available.

Some of the images are well known, others less so. The centre spread double page image of the lunar farside is breath-taking and compares favourably with anything from recent lunar probes. Most of these images are timeless and look as good now as they did then. It is a lovely record of a period of lunar exploration that, for those who lived it, was the most exciting time to live perhaps of the whole of human history. Those of us who where children then grew up thinking that these events were just normal yet now, more than 40 years later, a return to the Moon is more distant than ever and even manned spaceflight has ceased to be a common event, with no more than a handful of launches per year. It was a time of magic that this book recalls so beautifully.

At the end of the book there is a look forward.
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