Apollo 11 Manual: An Insight into the Hardware from the First Manned Mission to Land on the Moon Hardcover – 1 May 2009
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Dr Christopher Riley is a broadcaster and film-maker specialising in history and science documentaries. In 2004 he won the Sir Arthur Clarke award for the BBC1 blockbuster series Space Odyssey: Voyage to the Planets. His latest film In the Shadow of the Moon: The Story of the Apollo Astronauts, won the World Cinema Audience Award in 2007.
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In truth, it is not a 'workshop manual'. It won't help you dismantle and re-assemble the gazillion components on this craft. I also wish it gave more detail on what all the dials and buttons on the CSM dashboard are there for (some of the drawings are too small to decipher). However, you get a wonderful history on the development of the ship and useful information on the principles of space flight to help you steer through the roll and yaw and point the craft for a successful translunar injection.....so no more ossilating orbits between Pluto and Mars for me!
There is also some useful information deriving from the later Apollo 13 debacle. It won't help you fix the defective main bus B undervolt but at least you'll understand the relationship between the fuel cells and oxygen tanks! Just keep your fingers crossed if you're flying a pre Apollo 14 ship. Also contains useful information on how to use the urine dump properly. What a relief!
Check out Moon Landing by Richard Platt and David Hawlock as a great accompaniment for young and/or young at heart readers. Poptastic!
Rather than read exactly like a workshop manual, the book is more like a slim-line encyclopaedia style volume that covers most of the aspects of the Apollo missions in sufficient detail and in plain English terms.
In its 196 pages, the book includes full colour photographs, cut-away diagrams, flow charts and explanations of everything from: space suit developments, the lunar module, fuel systems, rocket stages, instrument panels and more. The book also includes mini-biographies and pictures of the astronauts and key personnel involved in this astounding and inspiring endeavour together with the historical perspective of the space program.
What I liked about this book more than many others on the same subject is that it combined both the human interest side and practicalities of the space program, as well as the technology side of things which many of us find a bit baffling.
I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone interested in the subject and with the 40th Anniversary of the Apollo landings being commemorated; it helps explain the staggering achievements of the moon landings in an accessible format, for either the avid enthusiast or the more casual reader.
Even once you have read through the book from cover to cover, it is the type of book that you can open at any page and easily read a single section or article again without having to start at page 1.
Please remember that if you really wanted the real owners workshop manual, the Saturn5 being so complex, I think that you would at least need a couple of warehouses to store it in!
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