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Book Review: Apollo 11 and Lunar Rover: Owners Workshop Manuals

Apollo 11 and Lunar Rover: Owners Workshop Manuals from Haynes Publishing, Sparkford, UK. Haynes Publishing has issued a number of space-related manuals – and these are cram packed with great photos, good writing, and insightful history.

Apollo 11 1969 (including Saturn V, CM-107, SM-107, LM5) was written by Christopher Riley and Phil Dolling. They have assembled an impressive amount of information on the space hardware that made the Apollo 11 mission possible. This volume spotlights the evolution and design of the powerful Saturn V booster, the Command and Service Modules, and the Lunar Module, the space suits worn by the crew, with their special life support systems. Launch procedures are also described, as are orbital rendezvous techniques, and flying the Lunar Module, Eagle. This book is a gold mine of information.

Lunar Rover 1971-1972 (Apollo 15-17; LRV1-3&1G Trainer) is written by Christopher Riley, David Woods, and Phil Dolling. This volume includes a foreword by Apollo 15 commander, David Scott – the first Apollo astronaut to drive it on the Moon. Scott rightly salutes this book’s crisp detail of how the Lunar Rover evolved and how engineers overcame so many challenges. What I found particularly appealing is a section on “First dreams of driving on the Moon” – with use of “old think” images. The book is loaded with NASA photos and the complete transcripts of the crews’ reaction to driving across the Moon. This book is a treasure trove of gathered material.

For more information on these remarkable manuals, go to:

http://www.haynes.co.uk/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10001&storeId=10001&productId=47367&langId=-1

By Leonard David

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