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on 10 January 2014
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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on 1 October 2016
I've been buying a lot of these Haynes "Owner's Workshop Manual" recently. They are an excellent reference item when building model kits and easy to read as a stand alone book. They follow a standard format- history, variants, Use and Maintenance. The books are usually written by former user/experts and are always very informative. Also, the quality of photos and illustrations are second to none, often showing the unseen/hard to get to areas. Haynes are onto a winner with these, as they are an excellent addition to a reference library. This book has the timeline of events during the fateful Apollo 13 mission, with insider stories and comments. Love these Haynes books- although going to need a bigger bookcase at this rate.
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on 14 June 2015
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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on 20 January 2016
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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on 16 November 2017
These books are amazing. Love them.
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on 29 December 2016
Great
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on 25 February 2015
This is good - tells the story of the mission rather than the technical details which are covered in Apollo 11 manual.
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on 13 March 2015
Bought this as a present for someone. They love it. The detail and the thought that have gone into it is fantastic.
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on 24 February 2014
You all know the story, but this gives every explanation you could require, and excellent detail and photos / illustrations
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on 11 October 2015
If only they'd taken this with them.
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