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Apollo 13 Manual: An engineering insight into how NASA saved the crew of the crippled Moon mission (Owners' Workshop Manual) Hardcover – 3 Oct 2013

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: J H Haynes & Co Ltd (3 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857333879
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857333872
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 1.7 x 27.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 286,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Dr David Baker, an Englishman, worked for NASA on the Gemini, Apollo and Shuttle programmes between 1965 and 1990, and was part of the team within Houston Mission Control throughout the Apollo 13 mission. He has written more than 80 books on spaceflight technology and this is his fourth Haynes manual, following NASA Mars Rovers Manual, International Space Station Manual and NASA Space Shuttle Manual.


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This is one of the few books giving serious detail of one of the most exceptional Apollo missions. Although written as a Haynes manual (more famous for car maintenance) it really is technically excellent rather than a sort of spoof which I think the equivalent Apollo 11 manual may have been. The only other book on Apollo that I have read with technical detail is 'How Apollo flew to the moon' by W.D.Woods which I consider the best book ever written about the technical challenges Apollo presented and how they were overcome. ('Digital Apollo' by D.Mindell' is also good) This Haynes manual is only limited to the one mission and does not cover orbital mechanics or the 'why' of technical solutions in the way that 'How Apollo flew to the moon' and 'Digital Apllo' do but it does give an exceptional amount of quantitative information. However the story of the adventure from the mission controllers point of view is well told (and it was exceptionally a mission controllers mission) as the author was present. and you can skip past all the quantitative information where it does not interest you. As an 'Apollo watcher' I would recommend this as one of the more worthwhile of the many books on Apollo that have been written.
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Very good account of the whole Apollo 13 flight and all the components which make up the Command Module, the Service Module and the Luna Module. Gives a great insight about how NASA works, how the whole saga unfolded and how they were able to identify and resolve the problems which arose. Includes an enormous amount of extremely technical information and constant uses the various acronyms as used by NASA. Luckily there is an extremely useful glossary for the acronyms at the back of the book which you will need to refer to.
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Best buy for ages! This was a gift for someone and they loved it! It was everything it claimed to be and more! Images are crystal clear and highly detailed as is the corresponding text. Well worth the money! It arrived with 4 or 5 days of order and was well packaged too, so very happy with my purchase.
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This really is a TECHNICAL MANUAL. I was expecting something more akin to the H.M.S. Victory manual or the D-Day Operations manual. If you're an engineer, physicist or a fanatic for detail, the this book will appeal, as it is chock-full of engineering layouts and schematics. For the non-technical spaceflight enthusiast, this is probably a little "over the top" on the engineering side, at the expense of the human story.
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As I have come to expect from David Baker, this is another excellent book, quite technical in parts, it gives a good understanding of the Apollo 13 mission and its problems.
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This is a book for those who love their engineering, This clearly covers all aspects of the Apollo 13 flight from a man who knew it intimately
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For all of the reasons Mr Hyson gave this 3 stars, I give it 5 stars.

It is as he describes, a technical account of how and why Apollo 13 got into difficulties. It then describes how the crew and mission control (+ thousands of external contractors) solved the problems of survival. It does not discuss how upset Mrs. Lovell's children were (even though I am sure this was true and very important to them - Jim Lovell covers this in his own book "Apollo 13 by Jim Lovell and Jeffrey Kluger") and sticks to the technical details of the emergency.

Anyone who reads and enjoys this book would enjoy Sy Liebergot's "Apollo EECOM: Journey of a Lifetime: Journey of a Lifetime: 2nd Edition." I didn't find the book particularly interesting but it includes a CD of the ground loop communications during the initial emergency and subsequent 3 hours.
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You all know the story, but this gives every explanation you could require, and excellent detail and photos / illustrations
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