How Apollo Flew to the Moon (Springer Praxis Books) 1st Edition, Kindle Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0387716756
ISBN-10: 0387716750
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David Woods was enchanted by the Apollo missions as a child and it never really left him. With the internet, his interest blossomed. He helped NASA place their history books on the web. Soon after, his "Apollo Flight Journal" appeared; an annotated transcript of the missions that owes much to the tremendous Apollo Lunar Surface Journal. In 2007, 'How Apollo Flew to the Moon' came out with David's extensive knowledge and passion for the subject apparent on every page. HAFTTM is a good all-round book on Apollo that will appeal to anyone who is interested in the subject at any level.

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Stung by the pioneering space successes of the Soviet Union, the United States gathered the best of its engineers and set itself the goal of reaching the Moon within a decade.

David Woods tells the exiting story of how the resulting Apollo flights were conducted by following a virtual flight to the Moon and back. From launch to splashdown, he hitches a ride in the incredible spaceships that took men to another world, exploring each step of the journey and detailing the enormous range of disciplines, techniques and procedures the Apollo crews had to master. While describing the tremendous technological accomplishment involved, he adds the human dimension by calling on the testimony of the people who were there at the time.

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How Apollo Flew to the Moon there is a wealth of fascinating and accessible material: the role of the powerful Saturn V, the reasoning behind trajectories, the day-to-day concerns of human and spacecraft health between two worlds, and the sheer daring involved in traveling to the Moon in the mid-twentieth century. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0019JGZ3W
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Praxis; 1st edition (February 13, 2008)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ February 13, 2008
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 10442 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 400 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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David Woods studies and writes about the nuts and bolts of the Apollo programme, an interest that stemmed from being lucky enough to witness the Apollo missions on TV as a child. He created the "Apollo Flight Journal"; an annotated transcript of the missions that owes much to the tremendous Apollo Lunar Surface Journal. This project let him develop an extensive knowledge of how the missions were run from the point of view of the crews. It also gave expression to his ability to explain complex technical systems and concepts in a easy-going, approachable style.

His first book, 'How Apollo Flew to the Moon' (HAFTTM), now in its second edition, is a good all-round book on Apollo technology that has been highly praised by Apollo fans. It will appeal to anyone who is interested in the subject at any level.

Three books from the Haynes stable, authored by David, take a technical peek into well known space hardware; The 'Lunar Rover Owners' Workshop Manual', co-written with Chris Riley and Phil Dolling, came out in 2012, the 'Gemini Owners' Workshop Manual', co-written with David Harland, was published in early 2015, and the 'Saturn V Owners' Workshop Manual' appeared in 2016.

David talks about HAFTTM and tells stories from its pages in two audio podcasts recorded for Omegataupodcast.net; numbers 83 and 97, which together comprise over 4 hours of conversation on Apollo. Additionally, in number 176, he discusses the Gemini spacecraft.

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