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on 19 February 2013
This is an in depth record of the Apollo 12 mission which saw the second lunar landing. Everything is here, all the detail about the spacecraft (some of this was over my head to start with but I did in fact learn a lot); how the mission was planned and carried out; the pinpoint landing that allowed the astronauts to retrieve part of a Surveyor craft that had landed on the Moon two years previously, the trials and tribulations of obtaining samples and the success of the experiments they deployed.
Best of all, for me, it follows Pete Conrad, Al Bean and Dick Gordon on their voyage to the Ocean of Storms, from an electrifying launch to their successful splashdown. This all navy crew famously got along the best of all the Apollo crews and it really shines through here. I had many a laugh at the humerous conversations between the crew and Houston; it is obvious that every one involved really enjoyed being a part of this mission. I met Dick Gordon a couple of years ago and he hasn't changed one bit!
If you like this can I recommend also "The First Men on the Moon, the story of Apollo 11" and "Apollo Eecom, the journey of a lifetime" (written with Sy Liebergot). For Space Shuttle enthusiasts, Davids' "The Story of the Space Shuttle" is another valuable addition to your library.
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on 2 February 2014
I call it thle mission that was the "first Real Landing on the Moon" as Apollo 11 was a safe-landing mission - with no real time spend on the surface....only a little over 2 hours. Unfortunately the camera (tv) "failed". The Photos though are interesting if you are interested in the conspiracy-angle of Things to do with the Moon. Check out the visors on numerous photos - looks like a lot of spotlights reflecting the visors (rows of lights) - well that aside - the book tells all one wants to know about this mission - and the detailed conversations and geology on the surface. Really nice format and the photos are good. Harland has done it again. A recommendable job. If you are interested in Apollo - this is a must-have book.
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on 17 December 2014
A fully comprehensive and engaging account of the entire mission, in a clear and engaging style. Meant for the space wonk, it fully satisfies.
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