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Required reading for Apollo fans
on 28 April 2013
I have now read most of the Apollo astronauts' memoirs, and this is certainly a worthy addition to them. Perhaps inevitably, it shares some similarities with others: the fairly humble beginning in Thirties America, the love of flying, the military career, the decision to apply for selection as an astronaut, and so on. What makes it different is its practical viewpoint. For example, have you ever wondered how the crews managed to put their space suits on in what were not exactly spacious surroundings? Or climb (backwards) through the lunar module hatch on to the exit ladder, when the hatch was hardly wider than they were? Such things may seem mundane, but were of course vital to the success of the mission. Charlie Duke explains how these and other essential tasks were carried out, often using humour to illustrate his points.
In conclusion, this book could be thought of as an everyman's guide to visiting the moon. Of course, Charlie Duke is by no means everyman, but he manages to explain things in a (dare I say?) down to earth manner that almost lets you feel you are there.