HOW APOLLO FLEW TO THE MOON (New and Expanded Edition)

W. David Woods

HOW APOLLO FLEW TO THE MOON (New and Expanded Edition) This new and expanded edition of the bestselling How Apollo Flew to the Moon tells the exciting story of how the Apollo missions were conducted and follows a virtual flight to the Moon and back. New material includes:
From launch to splashdown, hitch a ride in the incredible Apollo spaceships, the most sophisticated machines of their time. Explore each step of the journey and glimpse the enormous range of disciplines, techniques, and procedures the Apollo crews had to master. Although the tremendous technological accomplishments are well documented, the human dimension is not forgotten, and the book calls on the testimony of the people who were there at the time. A wealth of fascinating and accessible material is provided, including: the role of the powerful Saturn V; the reasoning behind the trajectories; the day-to-day concerns of human and spacecraft health; the triumphs and difficulties of working in an unforgiving and hostile environment while surrounded by hard vacuum and pernicious dust; and the sheer daring that was involved in traveling to the Moon in the mid-20th century.

Table of Contents

Author's preface
  1. Apollo: an extraordinary adventure
  2. The Apollo flights: a brief history
  3. Launch: a fiery departure
  4. Earth orbit and TLI
  5. Retrieving the lander
  6. Navigating to the Moon
  7. Coasting to the Moon
  8. Entering lunar orbit: the LOI manoeuvre
  9. Preparations for landing
  10. Next stop: the Moon
  11. Down in the dust
  12. Exploration at its greatest
  13. Rendezvous and docking
  14. Heading for home
  15. Re-entry

Appendix 1: Computer programs
Appendix 2: Mission data
Further reading

Extent: 576 pages, colour/black and white images integrated with text
Binding: Paperback
Published: 2011
ISBN: 978-1-4419-7178-4

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