Missions to the Moon: The Complete Story of Man's Greatest Adventure

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Missions to the Moon traces our quest to explore this final frontier, starting with the deadly development of German V1s and V2s in the Second World War, through the pioneering adventures of the Apollo moon-landing program, and culminating in the future of lunar exploration with the recent missions by China, Japan, and Europe.

Through 150 stunning photographs and 20 beautifully recreated rare facsimile documents that almost make you feel like part of the crew, we witness the ...

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Overview

Missions to the Moon traces our quest to explore this final frontier, starting with the deadly development of German V1s and V2s in the Second World War, through the pioneering adventures of the Apollo moon-landing program, and culminating in the future of lunar exploration with the recent missions by China, Japan, and Europe.

Through 150 stunning photographs and 20 beautifully recreated rare facsimile documents that almost make you feel like part of the crew, we witness the lethal Apollo 1 fire; celebrate the success of Apollo 8, the first manned spacecraft to orbit a celestial body; marvel at Apollo 11 and the first man to land on the moon; and share the dangers endured by the astronauts aboard the ill-fated Apollo 13.

These are events the whole word watched in rapt attention. Now everyone can relive the experience or enjoy it for the first time.

The historic facsimile documents include:

• Werner von Braun’s 1964 design for a space station

• A 1969 issue of the USSR newspaper Pravda, celebrating the success of Soyuz 4 and 5

• The official NASA photograph of the Apollo 7 flight crew

• The mission report from Apollo 11, as well as the descent map

• The Apollo 13 flight log

• A memo outlining future plans for Apollos 18, 19, and 20 before they were cancelled

• And more!

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  • ISBN-13: 9781402769801
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 7/7/2009
  • Pages: 64
  • Product dimensions: 12.00 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2009

    Funny, compelling, and multi-faceted story of the space race

    This book is great! Every time I pick it up to thumb through, I wind up lost to the world until something happens to distract me.

    When I finally gave it my undivided attention, I couldn't put it down until I had read the whole thing. There is an incredible wealth of detail and information in this coffee-table-sized book, but it's a page-turner at the same time. It gracefully balances all the different aspects of the story of space travel, and would be interesting for novices or experts alike. It's kind of like going to a great museum exhibit on space travel, without the parking or crowds. And funnier-the humorous tales the author included make this much livelier than similar books I've seen.

    I highly recommend it. I'll be rereading (and gifting) this one often.

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  • Posted June 16, 2009

    One of the best books on the Apollo missions!

    In a nutshell: this is a fabulous book.



    I was attracted by two positive mentions (one in Popular Mechanics and another at The Space Coalition website), I wrangled an early copy of this book. With the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing, a deluge of titles can be anticipated and I hoped that this might stand out. It does.



    The book comes in a box slip-cover, and is of the "experiential" variety. Don't be misled by the slim page count of 64. for within these pages are some beautiful and unusual photos and 15 apparently faithful reproductions of space-race era artifacts. It's clear that these items were chosen with care and lovingly and faithfully reproduced for inclusion. From the amusing 1950's NASA memo suggesting a name change from "Project Mercury" to "Project Astronaut", to the Flight Director's log from Apollo 13 (entries by Gene Kranz regarding the emergency), these are fascinating historical treasures. To remove them from the slip-covers in the book and slowly unfold them in your hands has unanticipated power; it really does feel like going back in time or plundering some forgotten archive of the space race.



    Attractively package, the book retails below $30 at the discounters. I heartily recommend it for the space enthusiast, the man in your life, or for any younger person to whom you wish to introduce the majesty of space exploration. In short, if you will buy one book on Project Apollo and manned space exploration this year, let this be that book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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