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Apollo 12 - On the Ocean of Storms (Springer Praxis Books) Paperback – 3 Mar 2011

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  • Paperback: 548 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2011 edition (3 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144197606X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441976062
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 2.8 x 24.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 701,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“The book is entitle; Apollo 12 On the Ocean of Storms. Strangely, this is the first time that the full story of man’s first trip to the Ocean of Storms – has never been written down. … Springer Praxis has developed a virtual library’s worth of books regarding space flight. Apollo 12 On the Ocean of Storms is a very worthy addition to this collection … . At 530 pages and with dozens of color images, the book is well-worth … .” (Jason Rhian, AmericaSpace, March, 2011)

“More than 40 years ago Apollo 12 made man’s second Moon-landing, and it could be as long again before humans return. But David Harland is keeping the memories fresh with a series of books covering each of the landings, this being the second. One can relive the whole mission in 500 dense pages from lift-off to analysing the 74lbs of moon rocks they brought back … . Some of the early planning chapters are so detailed … and reads as excitingly as a good novel.” (Reginald Turnill, Astronomy Now, September, 2011)

“Space historian/writer Harland (NASA’s Moon Program, CH, Dec’09, 47-1969) tells the complete story of Apollo 12, from planning stages to travel back to Earth. … this mission was very successful: the scientific objectives were accomplished, and part of the Surveyor probe was returned to Earth for analysis. The book is nicely illustrated with halftone and color photographs. A welcome addition to the library of space history enthusiasts. Summing Up: Recommended. All general readers and undergraduate students.” (J. Z. Kiss, Choice, Vol. 49 (1), September, 2011)

“Harland turns all the minutiae into a ‘you-are-there’ experience. He diligently and unobtrusively provides background and explanation to make each of the step-by-step events interesting, and makes us constantly feel enlightened rather than instructed. We are very lucky to have this fellow turning these volumes out on a regular basis. … I daresay that all readers without exception will find illustrative material of interest here. … Apollo 12: On the Ocean of Storms is a fine case study of an important mission.” (David West Reynolds, Quest: The History of Spaceflight, Vol. 19 (1), 2012)

“I would recommend that all serious space historians find room on their bookshelves for this in-depth retrospective. … The author has drawn on numerous primary sources, including the Apollo Lunar Surface Journal, a record of surface operations which includes a transcript of all recorded conversations between the moonwalkers and mission control. … As a stand-alone historical account of an individual mission, the book is one of the best I have come across.” (Peter Bond, The Observatory, Vol. 132 (1226), February, 2012)

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With its two moonwalks, deployment of a geophysical station and geological sampling, Apollo 12 did what many had hoped would be achieved by the first men to land on the Moon. It spectacularly demonstrated the precision landing capability required for the success of future lunar surface explorations.

Apollo 12 - On the Ocean of Storms

  • contains over 30 page of color images, including high-resolution scans recently produced by NASA from the original Hasselblad film;
  • covers the mission from its planning through to completion;
  • includes conversations among the crew in the spacecraft that were not transmitted;
  • in the definitive 'popular' account of this mission.

This is the first time in 40 years that the story of the Apollo 12 mission to the Moon has bene told in its entirety, using official documents, flight transcripts, and post-mission debriefing to recreate the drama.

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4.0 out of 5 starsExcellent book from start to finish but mainly for Apollo/NASA fans
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