Anyone in the UK who remembers the basics of their Apollo space history will have stood in much the same position as I have at the Science Museum and wondered at thoughts which must have gone through the minds of Stafford , Cernan and Young as they followed in th illustrious footsteps of Apollo 8 and became the first users of the LEM in the lunar environment . This book shows the contemporary detail of the grit + determination which hallmarked this historic precursor to the pinnacle to Apollo , the landing of Apollo 11. This book (+the others so far in this series) allow us a brief but illuminating backglance to the unfolding of real history . The CD attached to the book is an addded bonus + gives a real echo upon the spirit of the decade in which the fantastic became achievable . This book + the others released so far re-knidle the ethos of Apollo . Lets hope that the truely significant scientific achievements of Apollo 15 , 16 + 17 (as well as the consolidations of the interim missions )will be as well set out for us in next year`s release , which I for one thoroughly look forward to !
This book presents a wealth of technical detail on on the Apollo 10 mission in the form of four NASA reports. The Apollo 10 Press Kit and Mission Operation Report Apollo 10 (AS-505) Mission (pre-launch) cover similar areas. Post Launch Mission Operation Reports No1 and No2 were written on the day of splashdown and three weeks later respectively, and are interesting to compare. It also contains an excellent CD-ROM. Overall it is an invaluable source of archive information about this mission. However no-one should expect to find the whole story of Apollo 10 here. Having read Apollo 11 Volume 2 by the same author, I do question his selection of reports. A crew debrief or comments would have been far more useful than the Press Kit. Finally a nit pick. The caption to one of the photographs between pages 96 and 97 would certainly be argued with by T. Mattingly, and possibly F.Haise !
The APOLLO MISSION REPORTS published by Apogee Books, are an excellent source for Space History buffs. Each book includes press kits from the flight, pre and post mission summaries, and a fabulous bonus CDROM which has the official NASA mission report movies lasting about 17-29 minutes. The CD also has some GREAT color and black and white photographs. I recommend them as a great resource! They can be purchased at any bookstore or amazon.com