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Apollo: Through the Eyes of the Astronauts Hardcover – 1 Jun 2009
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Stephen Hawking is the best-selling author of A Brief History of Time and the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge. His daughter Lucy Hawking is a journalist and novelist. Michael Cabbage is co-author of Comm Check...: The Final Flight of Shuttle Columbia and senior manager in the NASA Public Affairs Office. Robert Jacobs is Deputy Assistant Administrator for Public Affairs at NASA.
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Each chapter represents a different Apollo mission and has a brief introduction/history of the mission together with some general and a few training photos. This is then followed by the Astronaut's own favourite photos and thoughts on what they experienced at the time, or later upon reflection.
Although interesting, I was slightly disappointed by the quality of book's binding and the dust jacket seemed a bit scruffy; but on the whole the photographs are good quality in both colour & black and white.
I would have liked a longer book & with more detail, as it's only 130 pages or so long and so there isn't that much to read...
A great value book if a little short.
For great photos of the moon missions look no further than Full Moon.
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There are at least two shockingly bad captioning mistakes (Apollo 12 crew identified with Apollo 11 crew names. LM ANTARES - clearly in landing configuration - identified as drifting empty after returning from the surface). Other captions seem weak in relation to what is in the picture if you know a little more about this missions including a pair of pictures of the Apollo 13 emergency Lithium Hydroxide canister lash up - on Earth and the same in space - which is interesting to compare what the astronauts did from radioed instructions - but is then commented as an assembly of hoses with no reference to the crucial canister in the shot. I'm not being picky - it is poor editorial.
I have a vast collection of books about the Moon Landings and have many of thin content value that stay on the shelf for having SOMETHING new to say. I'm seriously considering not giving this book space - there was little new and I have doubts about any "new" facts I read given some mistakes in the text.
If you want photography shots - Michael Light's Full Moon is a far better introduction to spectacular moon photography. For all NASA supposedly cooperated in the making of this book - it comes a poor cousin - for all Stephen Hawking might offer in the introduction.