on 27 October 2009
I have read and enjoyed several of the Springer Praxis Space Exploration series of boks and this one was no execption. It's not really a book for the casual reader, but for those of you with a keen interest in the Apollo Project, this book provides all the facts and figures you could want in one place. The authors have gone back to the original documents to ensure that the information presented is accurate. The book starts with a look at the deveolpment and testing of the various parts of the space craft, including the Saturn 1, 1b and V before going on to detail each mission. With over 600 pages, each flight is fully covered and has a set of tables that really do include just about everything you could possibly want to know about that mission from pre-launch through to recovery. So, if you are interested in the details that go beyond the scope of many books about the Moon landings, this is the volume for you.
on 28 November 2010
I have read a number of books on this subject but have never come across one which has such depth of information, facts and figures. The introduction is hard reading, mainly due to the real time pace of change in personalities, departments and hardware that started this program. However, once you get into the specific missions it becomes far easier to follow. Each of the missions is covered on it time line basis in incredible and often fascinating detail, down to 10ths of a second where required. If you have an interest in Man's Greatest endeavour this reference book is an amazing read; its title as 'the definitive source book' is well earned.