The First Men on the Moon: The Story of Apollo 11 (Springer Praxis Books)

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The First Men on the Moon offers a lively definitive account of the Apollo 11 mission based on the in-flight transcripts post-flight debriefing, with illustrative contextual pictures, especially featuring recent scans of the original Hasselblad film and including conversations among the crew in the spacecraft that were not transmitted. The introductory chapters review the motivation to land on the Moon by the end of the 1960s, the development of the Saturn V rocket and the Apollo spacecraft as the means of doing so, the selection of potential landing sites, the precursor missions, and the backgrounds of the three men who were to fly Apollo 11. The final chapters will discuss what was learned of the moonrocks, and review the follow-on missions. In addition to having many ‘small’ in-line black-and-white illustrations with the text running around them, the book features the high-resolution scans recently produced by NASA from the original Hasselblad film, reproduced in a substantial color section. David Harland's impressive expertise in, and considerable experience wriring about, the Moon landings shines through and seemlessly unites the myriad details
From the reviews of Harland's Exploring the Moon:
"A detailed guide to what the astronauts did during their stays on the lunar surface. Walk(s) the reader through the prospecting excursions and then incorporate(s) decades of subsequent analysis to put the explorations of dust, rocks, craters, and rilles into geologic context."
"Very well illustrated… All aficionados of the Apollo program will find much to appreciate in [this book].”
"…this is an interesting account of one of the most extraordinary decades in history…a very different book. David Harland probably knows more about the nuts and bolts of the Russian and American space programs than any other author and it shows.”

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ISBN-13: 9780387341767
ISBN-10: 0387341765
Pagini: 378
Ilustrații: XXII, 378 p. 170 illus.
Dimensiuni: 170 x 244 x 23 mm
Greutate: 0.84 kg
Ediția: 2007
Editura: Springer
Colecția Praxis
Seriile Springer Praxis Books , Space Exploration

Locul publicării: New York, NY, United States

Public țintă



The Apollo 11 crew.- Preliminaries.- Preparations.- Setting off.- Translunar coast.- Into lunar orbit.- Lunar landing.- Tranquility Base.- Home in triumph.- The Moon revealed.


From the reviews:
"Space historian Hartland begins with background about the astronauts and the mission, but mostly focuses on the actual time line and events of Apollo II. … The book includes an excellent selection of full-page black-and-white photographs, a section of color images, and several interesting table about the mission. The conclusion mentions the world tour taken by the Apollo II crew and some of the geological results obtained from the lunar samples. Summing Up: Recommended. General readers." (J. Z. Kiss, CHOICE, Vol. 44 (9), May, 2007)
"The First Men on the Moon is a timely clarion call to turn our eyes again to the stars (or at least the Moon and Mars). … This will be a ‘must’ for serious space buffs who want to have an archive of all the facts and figures of a pioneering mission and a nostalgic read for older buffers who fondly remember those heady days. At under £20 it is good value, well produced … ." (David Stickland, The Observatory, Vol. 127 (1200), October, 2007)
"The prolific Mr Harland is back again with this detailed account of the flight of Apollo 11. … The book is well illustrated throughout, and there’s even a nice selection of colour plates … . This is the first in series of books by Harland on each Apollo mission that will be published by Springer-Praxis in the coming years. If they are all as good as this one, then they will be welcome additions to any Apollo fan’s library." (Liftoff, Issue 238, March-April, 2007)
"I have read many books on the Apollo program … ‘The First Men on the Moon’ by David Harland is definitely on the top rung. … suitable for anyone, from a senior aerospace engineer to someone totally new to reading about space exploration, and therein resides the genius of this book: the newcomers have things methodically explained in a logical manner allowing them to understand the intricacies of the mission … . it is a very high quality product with excellent illustrations … ." (Robert I. Hedges, Customer Reviews, September, 2009)
“This book is a must for both hard core and causal readers of the subject. The casual reader will develop a greater understanding of linear events while the hard core Apollo enthusiast will enjoy the nuts and bolts of the procedures involved in the mission. In the end this is a must have for anyone’s Apollo library.” (B. Morris, Amazon, November, 2010)


Brings the story to life, exploiting the flight plan, mission report, in-flight transcripts (including conversations among the crew in the spacecraft that were not transmitted) and post-flight debriefing
Presents a color section that features the high-resolution scans recently produced by NASA from the original Hasselblad film
In contrast to most books about Apollo, which concentrate on how NASA geared up for the program, 75% of The First Men on the Moon will be devoted to Apollo 11
This comprehensive accounts dispels the myth that NASA faked the moonlandings