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The New and Expanded Edition of How Apollo Flew to the Moon tells the exciting story of how the Apollo flights were conducted by following a virtual flight to the Moon and the exploration of the lunar surface. In an age when US government-funded spaceflight to the Moon has been cut back, Apollo still remains the only example in history of manned lunar exploration.

From launch to splashdown, this book hitches a ride in the incredible spaceships that took men to another world. It explores each step of the journey and details the enormous range of disciplines, techniques and procedures the Apollo crews had to master. While describing the tremendous technological accomplishment involved, the human dimension is added by calling on the testimony of the people who were there at the time.

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, the exploration of the lunar surface and the sheer daring involved in travelling to the Moon and the mid-twentieth century.

Building upon the tremendous success of the original edition of How Apollo Flew to the Moon, the second edition includes a new chapter on surface activities inspired by feedback from readers. There is also additional detail in the existing chapters to incorporate all the feedback from the original edition and there are more, and larger, illustrations, many in full colour.


Contents
 

 

Illustrations
Author's preface
Acknowledgements
Foreword - by David Scott, Commander Apollo 15

1
Apollo: an extraordinary adventure

The meaning of Apollo
Dreaming of the Moon
The Apollo spaceship
Which way?
Lunar orbit rendezvous
Equipment
Swords to ploughshares: von Braun's rockets

2
The Apollo flights: a brief history

An alphabet of missions
Failure of imagination
Back in the saddle: Apollo 4
The lunar module flies: Apollo 5
The Saturn balks: Apollo 6
Testing the Block II: Apollo 7
Gutsy decisions: Apollo 8
A complete system test: Apollo 9
A dress rehearsal: Apollo 10
Task accomplished: Apollo 11
Lightning strikes: Apollo 12
The successful failure: Apollo 13
Try again: Apollo 14
Exploration at its greatest: Apollo 15
New knowledge: Apollo 16
The last hurrah: Apollo 17
Goodbye Apollo

3
Launch: a fiery departure

Preparations for launch
Lift-off
Getting through the atmosphere
Second stage
Third stage

4
Earth orbit and TLI

Settling into orbit
Around the world in 90 minutes
Coasting around Earth
The route to the Moon

5
Retrieving the lander

Leaving Earth
Transposition, docking and extraction
"No latch, Houston."
The fate of the S-IVB

6
Navigating to the Moon

Crossing cislunar space
Ground-based tracking
Navigation from the spacecraft
The guidance and navigation system

7
Coasting to the Moon

Three men in a submarine
Sustaining life
The personal bit
Cool air
PTC: spacecraft on a spit
Stirring the tanks: genesis of a failure
Communications
Telly from the Moon
Checking the lunar module

8
Entering lunar orbit: the LOI manoeuvre

The service module
How not to crash into the Moon
Lunar encounter
The LOI PAD: it isn't magic
The black void Luna close up: burning LOI

9
Preparations for landing

Overjoyed
The second arrival burn
How not to crash into the Moon
The joys of lunar orbit
In the descent orbit
Entering the lunar module
Continuing preparations
Undocking

10
Next stop: the Moon

"Go for the Pro": the landing begins
Slowing down: P63
"Hey, there it is!": pitchover and P64
"Picking up some dust": P66

11
Down in the dust

Postlanding
Suiting up
Going for a walk
The lonely world of the CMP

12
Exploration at its greatest

Luna cognita
Unmanned probes
Apollo reaches the Moon
Science on the Moon
Surface experiments
Science station in lunar orbit
The Moon after Apollo

13
Rendezvous and docking

Orbital mechanics
We have lift-off... from the Moon
Rendezvous techniques
Braking and station-keeping
A long day
The role of mission control
Epitaph for the lunar module

14
Heading for home

Mission accomplished... nearly
Trans-Earth injection
Subsatellite
The TEI PAD: a worked example
Counting down to the burn
Final AOS
The long fall to Earth
A walk outside: EVA

15
Re-entry

A fiery return
In we come: entry from start to finish
The entry PAD: a worked example
Final four hours
Last hour
Human shooting star: P63
Ensuring capture: P64
Aiming for the ships: P67
Splashdown

Epilogue

Glossary

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

  How Apollo Flew to the Moon

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