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Alas, no guidance for a flawless free return trajectory.......
on 7 June 2009
...... but excellent all the same. Well done Mssrs Riley and Dolling. This book is an excellent reference on the development and design of the various Apollo crafts in line with other recent (tongue-in-cheek) Haynes Manuals. I was really excited when I saw news of this manual being published as I've been waiting for 40 years for something like this.
In truth, it is not a 'workshop manual'. It won't help you dismantle and re-assemble the gazillion components on this craft. I also wish it gave more detail on what all the dials and buttons on the CSM dashboard are there for (some of the drawings are too small to decipher). However, you get a wonderful history on the development of the ship and useful information on the principles of space flight to help you steer through the roll and yaw and point the craft for a successful translunar injection.....so no more ossilating orbits between Pluto and Mars for me!
There is also some useful information deriving from the later Apollo 13 debacle. It won't help you fix the defective main bus B undervolt but at least you'll understand the relationship between the fuel cells and oxygen tanks! Just keep your fingers crossed if you're flying a pre Apollo 14 ship. Also contains useful information on how to use the urine dump properly. What a relief!
Check out Moon Landing by Richard Platt and David Hawlock as a great accompaniment for young and/or young at heart readers. Poptastic!