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From: Brussels, Belgium
Registered: Jan 2001

posted 07-02-2001 02:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone know this new book, "Tracking Apollo to the Moon" by Hamish Lindsay (ISBN 1-85233-212-3)?


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From: Crest Airpark (S36) Kent, WA
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posted 07-02-2001 08:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for tegwilym   Click Here to Email tegwilym     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I saw a copy of that book in a bookstore here in Seattle. It looks like a good one, and another one that I must add to my Apollo library.


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posted 08-05-2014 11:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tracking Apollo to the Moon
by Hamish Lindsay
One of the wonderful aspects of the U.S. manned spaceflight program was the opportunity for people around the entire globe to participate in one of man's greatest adventures.

"As we laid out the plans for flying the first manned spaceflight program, it was obvious that we would require extensive operations around the earth. One of the most challenging features of this plan was to build a world-wide network of tracking stations to provide communications with the orbiting spacecraft. At the time, about 1958 and 59, the construction of these facilities, in what turned out to be some very interesting pieces of geography, was a tremendous task." — Christopher C. Kraft, Jr.

Australia is located roughly 180 degrees longitude from the launch site, Cape Canaveral, and so occupied not only a unique position but a very critical one. Determining the position of the spacecraft as it traversed the Australian continent was critical to the orbit determination. This set of parameters was necessary to properly manage the entire operation. Such things as the time of retrofire, paramount to recovery of the crew, and the information required for signal acquisition at each of the tracking sites around the world are but two examples.

Also, because the status of the astronaut and the spaceship were extremely critical to the decision-making process, the stations down under provided vital data to evaluate the progress and to allow the flight control team to manage the problems that inevitably developed.

  • Paperback: 428 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2001 edition (September 12, 2014)
  • ISBN-10: 1447110641
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447110644
Note: I don't remember having paid that much for this book and my copy has a different cover.

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From: West Yorkshire, UK
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posted 08-06-2014 11:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for One Big Monkey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There are cheaper copies to be had second hand - I wasn't aware of this book and have just bought one for under £20 on Amazon.


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From: Germany
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posted 08-07-2014 12:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dwight   Click Here to Email Dwight     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I took my copy to Fresnedillas in Spain for the Apollo 11 40th celebrations, and got all the tracking crew to sign it! Just need to HSK and Golstone guys to make it a real gem!


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posted 09-07-2017 02:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike_The_First   Click Here to Email Mike_The_First     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was just skimming back through the Apollo mission sections of the book to refresh my memory of some details and I noticed some details that were either too oversimplified at best or inaccurate at worst.

The biggest one that jumped out at me in quick perusal was in the Apollo 12 part:

Aaron quickly called Capcom Jerry Carr on the voice loop to tell the spacecraft, "Flight, try SCE to Aux."
I'm a bit surprised to notice this, honestly, as, from what I've seen in the past (I'm yet to read it cover to cover, just specific parts when I need a refresher), the book has seemed pretty accurate, and this is a really amateurish mistake. Is this sort of issue common in this book or did my eyes just happen to land on the only problem?

Any chance it was corrected in later printings?

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