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Exploring the Moon: The Apollo Expedition

Series: Springer Praxis Books: Space Exploration

By: David Harland

500 pages, Illus


Paperback | Jan 2008 | Edition: 2 | #171237 | ISBN-13: 9780387746388
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David Harland opens with a review of the robotic probes, namely the Rangers which returned television before crashing into the Moon, the Surveyors which 'soft landed' in order to investigate the nature of the surface, and the Lunar Orbiters which mapped prospective Apollo landing sites. He then outlines the historic landing by Apollo 11 in terms of what was discovered, and how over the next several missions the program was progressively geared up to enable the final three missions each to spend three days on comprehensive geological investigations. He concludes with a review of the robotic spacecraft that made remote-sensing observations of the Moon. Although aimed at the enthusiast, and can be read as an adventure in exploration, the book develops the scientific theme of lunar geology, and therefore will be of use as background reading for undergraduate students of planetary sciences. In addition, with the prospect of a resumption of human missions, it will help journalists understand what Apollo achieved after the 'flags and footprints' of the Apollo 11 landing in July 1969 and will commemorate the fortieth anniversary of that momentous event.

Highlighted as a "Commemorative Edition" on the cover, this second edition has a new foreword by one of the original astronauts and a short extra section at the end previewing the prospect of a renewal of human exploration of the Moon. It will include new extra high quality graphics which are only now available and 32 pages of colour illustrations.

Aus den Rezensionen zur 2. Auflage: "... Ein Grossteil der Umfangsvergrosserung geht auf die zahlreichen vollformatigen Schwarz-Weiss-Bilder zuruck, die in sehr guter Qualitat reproduziert wurden ! Die Kapitel sind eine gelungene Mischung aus Mitschrieben ... der Kommunikation der Astronauten untereinander und mit der Bodenstation ... Die Texte sind flussig geschrieben und laden zum Lesen ein. ... Ich mochte dieses Werk jedem Raumfahrtenthusiasten ans Herz legen, der sich einen Gesamtuberblick uber alle Apollo-Mondlandungen verschaffen will. Selbst wer schon viele andere Bucher uber Apollo gelesen hat, durfte hier noch viel Neues finden ..." (Tilmann Althaus, in: Sterne und Weltraum, July/2009, Issue 7, S. 112)


List of illustrations.- List of tables.- List of acronyms.- Foreword by Harrison Schmitt .- Author's Preface.- Acknowledgements.- The Apollo challenge.- The robots.- Magnificent desolation.- 'Pin-point' target.- Knowledge from the Moon.- The wonder of the unknown at Hadley-Apennine.- Surprise at Descartes-Cayley.- The beautiful valley of Taurus-Littrow.- Luna revival.- Apollo in context.- Spaceflight log.- Lunar landing sites.- Apollo missions, facts and figures.- Apollo lunar samples.- Chronological bibliography.- Index.

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