How Apollo Flew to the Moon

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Springer Science & Business Media, Feb 13, 2008 - Science - 412 pages
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Out of the technological battlefield of World War II came a team of gifted German engineers and designers who developed the vengeance weapon, the V-2, which evolved into the peaceful, powerful Saturn V rocket to take men to the Moon. David Woods tells the exciting story, starting from America’s post war astronautical research facilities, that used the V-2 for the development of the robust, resilient and reliable Saturn V launcher. He describes the initial launches through manned orbital spaceflights, comprehensively detailing each step, including computer configuration, the role of ground control, trajectory planning, lunar orbiting, separation of the lander, walking and working on the Moon, retrieval of the lunar astronauts and returning to Earth in this massive technical accomplishment.

 

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Very interesting book, with a lot of technical details. Notice, that it contains nothing about on the Moon activity. Just flight, ascent/descent. But it is impossible to include everything in one detailed book. So, five stars :)

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Such an event - so very unfortunate NASA lost almost all their
files regarding their moonwalk-missions...
Overeager cleaning ladie I guess?! Who could have seen that
coming and produce some backup
or maybe a photocopy..NASA guys
obv. had more important stuff to invent and some or other dollar to spend.
Secretaries or an archive could have prevented the near complete disappeance of the First Moonlanding written history - SIGH..some
bummer NASA you weird, sloppy experts!
Remembrance would be even sweeter with something tangible
apart from moonstones.
 

Contents

Apollo an extraordinary adventure
1
DREAMING OF THE MOON
5
THE APOLLO SPACESHIP
7
WHICH WAY?
8
LUNAR ORBIT RENDEZVOUS
10
EQUIPMENT
12
VON BRAUNS ROCKETS
17
The Apollo flights a brief history
25
LUNAR ENCOUNTER
194
IT ISNT MAGIC
197
THE BLACK VOID
204
BURNING LOI
207
Preparations for landing
211
THE SECOND ARRIVAL BURN
212
HOW NOT TO CRASH INTO THE MOON
213
THE JOYS OF LUNAR ORBIT
214

FAILURE OF IMAGINATION
26
APOLLO 4
28
APOLLO 5
29
APOLLO 7
31
APOLLO 8
32
APOLLO 9
34
APOLLO 10
36
APOLLO 11
37
APOLLO 12
40
APOLLO 13
41
APOLLO 14
43
APOLLO 15
44
APOLLO 16
47
APOLLO 17
48
GOODBYE APOLLO
50
Launch a fiery departure
52
LIFTOFF
63
GETTING THROUGH THE ATMOSPHERE
69
SECOND STAGE
76
THIRD STAGE
87
Earth orbit and TLI
89
AROUND THE WORLD IN 90 MINUTES
90
COASTING AROUND EARTH
95
THE ROUTE TO THE MOON
103
Retrieving the lander
110
TRANSPOSITION DOCKING AND EXTRACTION
113
NO LATCH HOUSTON
119
THE FATE OF THE SIVB
123
Navigating to the Moon
128
GROUNDBASED TRACKING
134
NAVIGATION FROM THE SPACECRAFT
136
THE GUIDANCE AND NAVIGATION SYSTEM
140
Coasting to the Moon
153
SUSTAINING LIFE
155
THE PERSONAL BIT
158
COOL AIR
170
SPACECRAFT ON A SPIT
175
GENESIS OF A FAILURE
176
COMMUNICATIONS
178
TELLY FROM THE MOON
181
CHECKING THE LUNAR MODULE
185
Entering lunar orbit the LOI manoeuvre
189
HOW NOT TO CRASH INTO THE MOON
193
IN THE DESCENT ORBIT
218
ENTERING THE LUNAR MODULE
221
Filming Apollo
228
CONTINUING PREPARATIONS
229
UNDOCKING
231
Next stop the Moon
241
P63
244
PITCHOVER AND P64
249
P66
254
Orbital sojourn looking at the Moon
259
UNMANNED PROBES
263
APOLLO REACHES THE MOON
265
SCIENCE STATION IN LUNAR ORBIT
269
Rendezvous and docking
283
ORBITAL MECHANICS
284
WE HAVE LIFTOFF FROM THE MOON
287
RENDEZVOUS TECHNIQUES
293
BRAKING AND STATIONKEEPING
299
A LONG DAY
305
THE ROLE OF MISSION CONTROL
310
EPITAPH FOR THE LUNAR MODULE
314
Heading for home
315
SUBSATELLITE
317
A WORKED EXAMPLE
320
COUNTING DOWN TO THE BURN
323
THE LONG FALL TO EARTH
329
I
339
Reentry
347
ENTRY FROM START TO FINISH
350
A WORKED EXAMPLE
351
ENTRY REFSMMAT
355
FINAL FOUR HOURS
356
LAST HOUR
360
P63
364
P64
366
P67
369
SPLASHDOWN
374
Epilogue
380
Glossary
383
Further reading
389
Index
393
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Apollo arose from the depths of America’s post war aeronautical research facilities and was originally conceived as a general purpose spacecraft.

Between 1968 and 1972, demonstrating sheer daring, twenty four men journeyed from the Earth to the Moon in the mid-twentieth century. The techniques and procedures developed for what was seen as a political decision by President John F Kennedy, was subsequently recognised as a supreme example of human exploration at its greatest, demonstrating an apparent peak of technological excellence.

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