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Nice pictures, shame about the text!
on 29 October 2002
I ordered this book and waited with baited breath for its publication and arrival. It looks the part and has a striking picture on the cover and there are lots of glossy photos and some nice diagrams-I especially like the drawing of the stages of the powered descent phase of the LM landing with altitudes and horizontal velocities etc. something I've never seen before.
However, the text is slightly lacking in detail. The author seems to skip many essential points and even makes the odd error (1201 alarm flashing up on the DSKY-which if i remember correctly is the keypad to input data and prog chages etc). The author completely ignored Apollo 14's inability to make an initially successful hard dock with the LM-a nail biting part of the mission! Apollo 12 is described in about half a page!
This book is aesthetically pleasing and a good introduction to the Apollo story-some parts are very informative (mainly because of good drawings) whereas others are sevearly lacking. I'd recommend to those with limited experience of the area and for its pictures-but the accounts of the missions are not so complete.