Apollo 17: The NASA Mission Reports, Volume 1

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Robert Godwin
Apogee Books, 2002 - Science - 240 pages
It was just past midnight in the early morning hours of 7 December 1972 when the last manned Saturn V roared from the launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center. Strapped into the crowded Command Module were Commander Eugene Cernan, Command Module Pilot Ron Evans and Lunar Module Pilot/Geologist Harrison Schmitt. Their destination was a steep sided lunar valley on the edge of the Sea of Serenity, known as Taurus-Littrow. What this crew hoped to do was increase man's store of knowledge about our nearest celestial neighbour by taking along a trained scientist for the first time. Harrison 'Jack' Schmitt was a fully qualified geologist who had been the man who contributed to all of the Apollo astronaut's geological training. Now it would be his turn to witness first-hand the geology of another world. Accompanying Schmitt was another astronaut 'rookie', CMP Ron Evans, who would be left in lunar orbit to map out the moon in unprecedented detail. Presiding over this highly trained crew was veteran Gemini and Apollo astronaut Gene Cernan, returning to the moon for a second time this time with the intention of living there for three days. Apollo 17 was the culmination of man's greatest programme of exploration. An unparalleled triumph of planning and technology flown by a team of professionals with expert precision. Includes a new introduction about the legacy of Apollo by Dr Harrison Schmitt, Apollo 17 Lunar Module Pilot and the only scientist to walk on the moon. This book contains many of the internal NASA documents from this extraordinary voyage made commercially available for the first time. CD-ROM Features: The complete Television downlink from the lunar surface, over 11 hours of video, plus a series of unique interactive panoramas of the lunar surface.

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About the author (2002)

Robert Godwin is the owner and founder of Apogee Space Books. He has written or edited over 100 books including the award winning series "The NASA Mission Reports." Robert has appeared on dozens of radio and television programs in Canada, the USA and England as an expert on, not only music, but also space exploration. His books have been discussed on CNN, the CBC, the BBC and CBS 60 Minutes. He produced the first ever virtual reality panoramas of the Apollo lunar surface photography and the first multi-camera angle movie of the Apollo 11 moonwalk. His latest book "New Horizons" expands on that previous ground-breaking work.

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