NASA's Moon Program: Paving the Way for Apollo 11 by David Harland

NASA's Moon Program: Paving the Way for Apollo 11

byDavid Harland

Paperback | July 8, 2009

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David Harland here initiates a series of books on NASA's Moon Program of the 1960s and early 1970s. Presented chronologically, 'NASA's Moon Program - The Early Years' will outline the Mercury and Gemini manned missions, the unmanned lunar probes and the Apollo missions leading up to Apollo 11, covering that mission only as a postscript. 'The First Men on the Moon - The Story of Apollo 11,' released in 2006 is devoted solely to that mission. 'Apollo - The Definitive Sourcebook,' published in 2006, covered all the missions, including the unmanned tests, in an encyclopedic style which included many facts and figures. 'Exploring the Moon - The Apollo Expeditions,' published in 1999, focused on the final three Apollo missions, and covered only their activities on the lunar surface. A fully re-illustrated second edition with color illustrations was released in 2008. The individual mission books in this series will relate to the planning, flight and results, and are written in the same style as 'The First Men on the Moon - The Story of Apollo 11,' i.e. using dialog from the in-flight transcripts (including some conversations never broadcast) to bring their stories to life. David Harland will later cover the other five missions that landed on the Moon, concluding by 2012 - the 40th anniversary of the 'last' Apollo mission. Each of the Apollo missions that reached the Moon gets its own book-lenth account covering planning, the flight, and the scientific results. This series will become the definitive account of the Apollo era. It will give the Springer/Praxis list unrivaled coverage of the Apollo era of space exploration. Plans are already in the works for a return to the Moon by 2020 to create a Moonbase.

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Title:NASA's Moon Program: Paving the Way for Apollo 11Format:PaperbackDimensions:504 pages, 9.61 × 6.69 × 0 inPublished:July 8, 2009Publisher:Springer New YorkLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0387681310

ISBN - 13:9780387681313

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Project Mercury.- The decision to go the Moon.- The Apollo spacecraft.- Ground support.-Gemini missions.- The Saturn launch vehicles.- Lunar reconnaissance.- Apollo missions.- Postscript.

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From the reviews:"Space historian/writer Harland . describes the first and early US satellite programs as well as the Soviet programs. . In addition to discussing program management, operations, hardware, and performance of the pre-Apollo missions, Harland places heavy emphasis on lunar geology and geography. . the volume includes more than 150 photographs and drawings of the moon. This historical account . will be useful to people working in the field of space history and technology. Summing Up: Recommended. Researchers, faculty, and professionals." (A. M. Strauss, Choice, Vol. 47 (4), December, 2009)"This new book . describing what we knew before making the attempt, and how we discovered new things we needed to know before committing Apollo to the first manned lunar landings. . if you are an engineer, scientist, or a space buff, this book will hold your interest." (James M. Busby, Space Times, Vol. 49 (1), January/February, 2010)"The narrative is fast-moving, informative and logically organized . . if you want to know, literally to the thousandth of a second, exactly what the Ranger, Lunar Orbiter and Surveyor spacecraft did during their lunar missions, it's in there. Well over 200 well-chosen photos, drawings, diagrams and maps, many of them at full-page size, embellish and clarify the text--they're worth more than '1,000 words' each. . should reach a wider audience . . I recommend this volume most highly and without reservation." (Terry Sunday, Amazon, July, 2011)